DEATH OF A U.S. PILOT IN CRASH OF A U.S. L-19 RECONNAISSANCE PLANE IN VI NH BIN

Created: 11/10/1972

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NTELLIGENCE AGKNCY

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MEMORANDUM FOR: Vict Adrniial V. P. dc Poix

Director

Defense Intelligence Agency

Death. S. Pilot in the Cra shight Reconnaissance Aiic.rafi in South Vietnam0

|. The ft(Ucited report is foi warded in this channel because it concerns the possible death ftnd location of the remains. S. Army officer currently carried as Missing in Action by his service. No further dissemination of the report is being made in Washington.

rr.j'irf. ut this report have been made available to the following organizations- ^'

Embassy. Saigon;pRC;ir Torth MlSI, Saigon; CINCPAC; ARPAC; PACFLT; PACAF.

Attachment

ee: Admiral Rcctanus Admiral WMtrnire Admiral Murphy General Ogan Colonel lies

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MEMORANDUM

SUBJECT: Death. S. Pilot In Crash of a'u.fConn.iiss.tnCe Plane in Vinh Binh Province, South Vietnam,0

- 1. In March orC-raft crashed on the peripheryoresti filers cast of the Co Chien River passing throughHamlelj Long Due Village, Chau-Th^nh District, VinhSouth Vietnam, The pilot, who wasLieutenant, Caucasian, and abarilears& killed

2. Shortly after Die crash, VC guerrilla* from Vinhamlet arrived At the site of the wreck and stripped the plane andngine of some movable parts and buried the pilot near the wreckage. Following the crash. Army of the Republic of Vietnam )ro< ps con-dueled ecarch operations In the area. They found the wreckage but failed to locate the pilot's grave./l/

he above information was given to the Joint Personnel Recovery Center (JPRC) who made the following remarks; "The report correlate! well withO lost on This is the only single engine light aircraft JPRC has for the lime frame and coordinates. Thatcar ricd two persons. Captain Robert E. Coaait, Ji. (pilot) and WOl James R. Butler (observer). Both are present/ listed as Missing in Action by the Army. The source's basic Information followsreports received at the time and since, with the exception of two on hoard the aircraft. There are indications that one died in or prior to the crash, and the other was killed shortly thereafter by the VC. These reports supposedly indicate that both were buried in Hie general vicinity. Following search operations turned up part of the tall section, but no remains or traces of cither men were found. There have been occasional conflicting reports that possibly could indicaten* o* both survived."

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