Finally, Welcome Home, Airmen | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.24.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.24.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.22.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.22.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.21.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.21.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.20.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.20.14 **

Mon, Dec 22, 2003

Finally, Welcome Home, Airmen

Remains Of US Fighter Crew Returned For Burial

Maj. Richard Cooper Jr. of Salisbury (MD), and Chief Master Sgt. Charlie Poole of Gibsland, (LA), had finished flying for Uncle Sam and were flying for themselves on December 19, 1972. Their B-52D had just dropped its load over Hanoi and was returning to base when they were hit by a SAM. The aircraft went down about six miles southwest of Hanoi. Friday, the Pentagon said their remains had been identified and were being shipped home to their families for burial.

Cooper was the flight's navigator. Poole was the aerial gunner. After the shoot-down, other aircraft in the area were unable to contact the six-man crew on their emergency radios. No SAR was attempted because the crash site was so deep in enemy territory. The four surviving crew members were captured. They spent more than a year as prisoners of the North Vietnamese. After their release, they told Air Force interrogators that Cooper was unable to eject. They had no indication of Poole's fate.

Two joint US-Vietnamese excavations in 1995 and 1996 led to the retrieval of remains from the crash site. But it took until last week before the Army's Central Identification Laboratory was able to get solid DNA matches on the remains.

FMI: www.cilhi.army.mil

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 10.24.14: AML's Innovations, NASA Preps For Mars, LightHawk Saves

Also: AW609 Pilots Honored, Airbus' VIP Cabin, FreeFlight's FTX-200, Quicksilver S-LSA Milestone During our visit this week to NBAA 2014, Jim Campbell had a chance to talk with Mar>[...]

Airborne at NBAA-10.22.14: Legacy 500, Universal InSight, BendixKing AeroWave

Also: GE Honda, Sagem's Active SideStick, Syberjet Update, Techno Aerospace Knows How to Party The FAA handed over certification papers for Embraer's Legacy 500 executive jet durin>[...]

Airborne 10.24.14: AML's Innovations, NASA Preps For Mars, LightHawk Saves

Also: AW609 Pilots Honored, Airbus' VIP Cabin, FreeFlight's FTX-200, Quicksilver S-LSA Milestone During our visit this week to NBAA 2014, Jim Campbell had a chance to talk with Mar>[...]

AD: Pacific Aerospace Limited Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-21-02 PRODUCT: Pacific Aerospace Limited Model FU24-954 and FU24A-954 airplanes.>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.25.14)

The Canard Zone An online forum by and for owners and builders of canard aircraft.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC