TRACE REQUEST ON CUBAN PILOTS

Created: 6/24/1994

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search or Directorate of Operationsthe following information concerning Subject (s) listed

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L, Garcia Fernandez .and Juan de Hatowere identifiedrash site during the Bay of The bodies were burled at the siteatholic

- priest performed the final rites.

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Q>v J at the time of Crispin L. Garcla'a imprisonment in Cuba and held incommunicado with four other members who were trained in the US, he lived at Mayia, San Antonio de Los Banos, Babana, Cuba. Heember of the Air Forceuiti-Englne Aircraft at Reese Air Force

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A. According to information datedneRomero and Crispin L. Garcia Fernandez, Cubanlisted a3 missing during the1 Bay of

According to Information datedcio Garcia FernandezM Trainee for Cuba. He was granted Crispin waa born on4 at San Antonio de Los Banos, Havana, Cuba, to Bartelo Jose and Lucia. His wife was N'ora Capote. ated0 andated

According to information datedarcia Fernandez undertook a[ He was recruited by tho US in Havana, Cuba, and arrived in Hiaai, Florida, on Crispin entered the Cuban Air Force in6 and was released in He was with the United States Air Force for training in the. United, States fron7 to Crispin flewrop duster for Joseph A. Quintana from9 to He married Nora Capote,n She nd their son. Franklin, age 4, arrived inlorida, on Tha interview was conducted in English. results[ ijerispin's answers to questions asked during testing. (Report of[ ated

According to information datedeadquarters received Information that an6 with Cuban3 was located deep In theew miles from Bocay River, Nicaragua. The remains of two men were in the aircraft (NFI>. Headquarters advised3 departed Has Boca Chica on1 for Tide, however,3 did not arrive (NFI). ated

to information dated thelocated ategrees, in E,earchaircraft was identified with wing markingswing markings, the left wing bearing an old number,plane apparently crashed approximately midnight Directional gyro indicated impact The plane hit the side0 foot steepalmost impenetrable jungle. The wreckage was atrewn5 degree incline on. From thethe fuel selector. It possibly crashed on one engine. scavenged many pieces of airframe and equipment.crew, they found only three shoes, parts of parachutes and

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one sheath knife scabbardugle tooled in leather. Locals who burled the remains stated the bodies were headless, limbless and barely recognizable as human remains. The remains

were buried at tha crash site. Deterioration, animals and insects have all contributed to total destruction of any

identifiable remnants. It was arranged with the

atholic missionary in the area to hold appropriate

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to information datedrs. widow of pilot, Crispin Luclo Garcia, was toldof her husband had appeared ln Nicaragua and werean unknown cemetery. Nora requested the remains ofbe returned and burled in the Cemetery of Miami, publicity being given to the affair.

According to Information dated2 regarding the return of Crospin Luclo Garcia Fernandez's remains, it was suggested by this Agency that the widow be advised there was 'no possibility at any time ln the future of returning her husband's remains to either Hi ami, Florida or Cuba. It was also stressed to emphasize the reasons were Inaccessibility to the crash site, the more than six month delay In discovering the crash, and the reported fact that when burial didatholic missionary was present, and held appropriate religious rites. (Memorandum dated

According to Information dateduan de Mata Gonzalez Romeroilot for Fidel. Castro Ruz untile claimed he was arrested ln9 forutterances, but later released. riend suggested Juan leave Cube to avoid arrest. He drove from Mansanlllo, Cuba, to Santa Clara, Cuba, (Cuban Registry and flew to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, via Olralni, Bahamas. Juan was taken into custody by the Immigration and Naturalization Service on He asked for political asylum. ated

According to information dateduar. Gonzalez Romero was born onamajuan, Villas, Cuba, to Juan and Celina. Hli former address ln CubaDr. Doclnaanzanlllo, Oriente. He was listed as aTrainee for Cuba. Juan was granted at .. Approval. 1 dated0 and

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to Information dated Juan H. . Romero undercookonctober , sand the test was conducted in English.

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to information datedomero was killed by enemy action. (Officialof Injury and Death dated

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