REMAINS RETURNED 01/95 IDENTIFIED 10/95 APPLEBY, IVAN DALE Name: Ivan Dale Appleby Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force Unit: 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ubon AF TH Date of Birth: 13 September 1930 Home City of Record: Fresno CA (Family in AZ, CO) Date of Loss: 07 October 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 204000N 1050800E (WH156796) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D Other Personnel In Incident: William R. Austin (Returned POW) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 31 April 1990 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: Major Ivan D. Appleby was the pilot of an F4D aircraft flying a photo reconnaissance escort mission over North Vietnam in October 1967. His backseater was Capt. William R. Austin II. Austin and Appleby were onboard the lead aircraft in a flight of F4D Phantom fighter jets. When the flight was over Hoi Binh Province about 25 miles southwest of the city of Hoi Binh, it encountered intense hostile fire which inflicted heavy damage to the lead aircraft. The aircraft began burning and went out of control. One parachute was observed prior to the aircraft crashing into a hill. The U.S. later learned that Austin had been captured, but Appleby's fate remained uncertain. He was listed Missing in Action. When American prisoners were released in 1973, Austin was among them, but Appleby was not. In late 1976, based on no information to indicate he was alive, Appleby was presumptively declared dead. Nearly 2500 Americans did not come home from the war in Vietnam. Unlike "MIAs" from previous wars, most of these men and women can be accounted for. Some hundred were known to be held as prisoners, and some were photographed in captivity. Others were alive and well the last time they were heard from, describing an advancing enemy. Years after our military involvement ended, reports of Americans held captive continue to mount. Thousands of reports have been received related to Americans missing in Southeast Asia, and many government officials now believe that hundreds are still being held prisoner. The U.S. Government continues to press the Vietnamese for information, as it has for nearly 20 years. The U.S. views the problem as humanitarian, while the Vietnamese are concerned with reconstruction aid promised by the United States in signed agreements, but not delivered. Until we are willing to negotiate for their release, these Americans will die in communist prisons wondering why their country abandoned them. Ivan D. Appleby was promoted to the rank of Colonel during the period he was maintained missing. * DIA Homecoming (Egress Recap), April 24, 1973 quotes returnee William Austin saying "After being hit by SAM, lost hydraulics, aircraft started to roll, unable to control with rudder or ailerons. Aircraft CO ordered bailout. After I bailed out, I did not see a chute or hear from Maj. Appleby again. I did observe what I believe to be the aircraft impact approx 3-5 miles from where I landed."
Buried - Arlington National Cemetery, December 8, 1995.