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William Robert Plumlee (b.November 25, 1937) in Panama City, Florida - American CIA pilot known as "Tosh" and also as William H. "Buck" Pearson.


Military Service

Plumlee enlisted in the U. S. Army in April 1954 and was assigned to the Texas 49th Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. He later transferred to 4th Army Reserve Military Intelligence Unit at Dallas Love Field in Dallas, Texas.

Civilian career

He became an aircraft mechanic after leaving the Army and obtained an airplane pilot's license in 1956, he worked as airplane mechanic at Southwest Airmotive at Dallas Love Field.

CIA Service

He subsequently worked as a pilot for secret CIA flights including some for William King Harvey, Tracy Barnes and William "Rip" Robertson and he flew arms to Fidel Castro in Cuba prior to the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista.

After Castro took over Plumlee then flew arms to Castro's opponents.

In 1962 he joined Task Force W Section for the Cuban Project (also known as Operation Mongoose) then run from the JM/WAVE station in Miami, Florida where he worked as both a pilot and undercover CIA CAG (Covert Action Group) operative. His code name was "Zapata". He was also a member of the Operation 40 project.

Plumlee claimed to have flown John Roselli from Tampa to Dallas, arriving on the morning of November 22, 1963, on a mission to abort the assassination of President Kennedy.

He later worked as an undercover pilot and operative during the Ronald Reagan Administration's "Drug War" flying arms to Nicaraguan Contras and cocaine back to the United States.

Testimony to various Federal and State Government Investigations

J. Edgar Hoover (1964)
Senator Frank Church Church Committee (1975 - 1976)
Senator John F. Kerry, Kerry Committee report (1988 - 1991)
Congressman Thomas N. Downing, Chairman of House Select Committee on Assassinations
Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt


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