DYCZKOWSKI, ROBERT RAYMOND
Remains recovered 11/19/99, date of remains identification announcement
unknown. Burial April 2001. See article.
Name: Robert Raymond Dyczkowski
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Unit: 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Korat Airbase, Thailand
Date of Birth: 23 June 1932
Home City of Record: Buffalo NY
Date of Loss: 23 April 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 220000N 1055000E (WK860328)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 4
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D
Refno: 0313
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1991 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 2001.
REMARKS:
SYNOPSIS: The F105 Thunderchief ("Thud"), in its various versions, flew more
missions against North Vietnam than any other U.S. aircraft. It also
suffered more losses, partially due to its vulnerability, which was
constantly under revision.
Robert R. Dyczkowski was born in Buffalo, New York in 1932. He attended St.
Mary's Parochial School and Burgard Vocational High School, where he became
a member of the Civil Air Patrol. While a member of the Air Force reserves,
he was accepted for pilot training and subsequently sent to Vietnam as an
F105 pilot.
Pilots in Vietnam did not serve a certain period of time, as was the case
with ground troops, but rather flew 100 missions which completed their tour
in-country. It was on Dyczkowski's 99th mission in North Vietnam on April
23, 1966 that his F-105 disappeared about 75 miles north of Hanoi.
Dyczkowski's aircraft was number two in a flight of three and disappeared
after pulling off the target. He failed to rejoin the flight after
acknowledging instructions to do so. Subsequent radio contact with him was
unsuccessful all search efforts were fruitless. There has been no further
information concerning his fate.
Mounting evidence indicates that hundreds of Americans are still alive in
captivity in Southeast Asia. The U.S. Government has regular talks with the
Vietnamese and has negotiated the excavation of a crash site and the return
of about 100 remains, but has failed to successfully negotiate for the
return of those Americans still held captive.
Robert R. Dyczkowski was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during
the period he was maintained missing.
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Associated Press Newswires
Wednesday, March 14, 2001
Remains found in Vietnam identified as Buffalo-area pilot
   TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) - Air Force Capt. Robert Dyczkowski will be given a
place in Arlington National Cemetery on April 6, 35 years after his death
during a bombing mission over North Vietnam.....