BUCHANAN, HUBERT ELLIOT Name: Hubert Elliot Buchanan Rank/Branch: O2/USAF Unit: Ubon, Thailand 555th TFS Date of Birth: 24 April 1941 Home City of Record: Indianapolis IN Date of Loss: 16 September 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 211157N 1062558E (XJ487447) Status (in 1973): Released POW Category: Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C Missions: 17 Other Personnel In Incident: John L. Robertson (missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 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 2012. REMARKS: 730304 RELSE BY DRV SYNOPSIS: Maj. John L. Robertson was a highly valued member of the Inspector General's team that checked combat readiness of the nation's air bases when he wrote a 28-page letter requesting Vietnam service. When his request was granted and he was assigned to Ubon Air Base, Thailand, he was so elated that he did cartwheels and back flips around the family pool. On September 16, 1966, a four-plane squadron headed from Ubon for a railroad bridge in the Red River Delta. Robertson's plane was in the number three position designated "Moonglow 3", and his systems operator on the flight was 1Lt. Hubert E. Buchanan. The squadron came under heavy fire, Robertson's plane was hit and went down. Buchanan successfully ejected, and was taken prisoner. John Robertson's fate is unknown. When he was released in 1973, Buchanan supplied more information about the events of September 16, 1966. During his descent after ejection, Buchanan could not see above his parachute (the back-seater ejects first) to verify that Robertson had also ejected. He saw a large fire about one half mile away, but could not say with certainty that it was the plane or jettisoned fuel that was burning. Buchanan later reported that because the Vietnamese did not display any strong reaction to the lies he told them regarding his mission, he presumed that they were only hearing one (his) story. Further, another returned prisoner, Maj. Douglas B. Peterson, was shown Robertson's ID card during an interrogation session. If Robertson went down in a burning plane, how did his ID card survive? If he survived the crash, what happened to him? The Vietnamese have certain knowledge of the fate of John Robertson. Robertson's wife and four children still work to find information that will answer their questions. They wait as sightings of live Americans mount into the thousands. Barbara Robertson says, "I don't think about if it's Johnny (that's alive), but rather that there are live prisoners over there. My husband is so special, but each one of those men is so special, and each one is someone's husband or father or son." John L. Robertson was promoted to the rank of Colonel during the period he was maintained Missing in Action. Hubert E. Buchanan was promoted to the rank of Captain during his captivity.
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO HUBERT E. BUCHANAN Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: September 16, 1966 Released: March 4, 1973 I was born in Scottsburg, Indiana I have lived in Austin, Indiana all my life I have two brothers and two sisters. I am single, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weigh 155 pounds and have black hair and blue eyes. After graduating from Shawe Memorial High School in Madison, Indiana I went to Duquesne University and majored in political science In February 1964 I joined the Air Force. I went to Laredo Air Base Texas for pilot training and then to Ubon Air Base in Thailand for for temporary duty. I became the back seater in the F-4C Phantom. My aircraft commander was Major John Robertson who is now MIA. When we were shot down I became a prisoner and was held in seven different North Vietnamese POW camps. At the big festivities planned for my homecoming I could have been a victorious general as through town on a fire engine. However I am no hero. I'm just a common ordinary Indiana boy. To the hometown folks it was a very special day and the children were given the day off from school and 3000 cheering fans welcomed me home. --------------------------------
Hubert Buchanan and his wife Laurie reside in New Hampshire.