BEGLEY, BURRISS NELSON
Name: Burriss Nelson Begley Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O4 Unit: Date of Birth: 06 November 1925 Home City of Record: Hyden KY Date of Loss: 5 December 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 213400 North 1050000 East Status (in 1973): Missing in Action Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D # 4331 Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 0542
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File.
NAME ADDED TO WALL MAY 97-NO ANNOUNCEMENT
Remains Returned according to Pentagon 1997 list but..... DATE OF ID STATED AS 01 DEC 93 (see last paragraph)
Returnee Stutz mentioned Begley in Debrief 123, according to Senator Bob Smith.
EGRESS "Name scratched on floor at Ha Lo prison. (See Stutz debrief) - last known direct voice contact with Begley was during incident when Begley stated he was ejecting from his aircraft."
Senate Select Committee Final Report --
North Vietnam Burris N. Begley (0542)
On December 5, 1966, Major Begley was the pilot of an F-105, one in a flight of four aircraft on a combat mission over North Vietnam. Their flight was attacked by hostile MIG-17 aircraft while en route to the targets and Major Begley's aircraft was hit by hostile fire. Another flight member observed his aircraft apparently hit in the tail: debris and his drag chute were seen falling away from his F- 105.
Major Begley reported he was losing power and altitude and would be heading across the Red River. He later reported he would be ejecting, but aerial combat between the F-105 and MIG-17 aircraft prevented U.S pilots from tracking Major Begley. His aircraft crashed in Phu Tho Province, south of the Red River, and approximately 15 miles from the river town of Yen Bai. There was no chute observed and no radio or beeper signals.
Major Begley was declared missing in action. Returning U.S. POWs had no information on his precise fate. In April 1978 he was declared killed in action, body not recovered, based on a presumptive finding of death.
In November 1974, U.S. intelligence received a report from a People's Army of Vietnam defector describing the shoot down of a U.S. aircraft and the landing and capture of a pilot in Phu Ninh District circa January 1967. DIA concluded that this report might correlate to one of three U.S. airmen lost in this area, one of whom was Major Begley. Another report from a former People's Army soldier described the downing of a U.S. jet in Phu Tho Province circa November 1966 and the source reported human remains at the crash site. This report was also placed on Major Begley's file.
In November 1986, Vietnam repatriated remains it asserted were those of Major Begley. U.S. officials determined that there were insufficient remains for biological identification and they could not be correlated to Major Begley.