FREDERICK, WILLIAM VANDERVOS Remains Returned - ID Announced 03 January 1990 Name: William Vandervos Frederick Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 01 June 1933 Home City of Record: Deerfield OH Date of Loss: 05 July 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 213200N 1065400E (YJ019804) Status (in 1973): Prisoner of War Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 with the assistance of 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: Captain William V. Frederick was the pilot of an F105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber sent on a mission over North Vietnam on July 5, 1967. His mission took him into the Haiphong area southeast of Hanoi, one of the primary strategic targets being attacked as part of the ongoing Rolling Thunder bombing operation begun two years before. 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. Between 1965 and 1971, the aircraft was equipped with armor plate, a secondary flight control system, an improved pilot ejection seat, a more precise navigation system, better blind bombing capability and ECM pods for the wings. While near Haiphong, Capt. Frederick's aircraft went down. Circumstances of loss caused Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC) to maintain Captain Frederick as a Prisoner of War. In November 1973, JCRC received a message from Randolph Airforce Base instructing them to remove all references pertaining to PW status and place Captain Frederick in MIA classification. This message was routed through the highest channels, and contained the names of 10 other men. Although the Air Force maintained that this was an administrative cleanup procedure, some analysts feel it was a deliberate effort to downplay these cases as confirmed prisoner of war cases. No substantial information surfaced about Capt. Frederick for over twenty years. Then in early January 1990, the U.S. announced that it had positively identified Capt. Frederick's remains from among a group of remains returned to U.S. control by the Vietnamese. William V. Frederick, dead or alive, was a prisoner of war for nearly 23 years. Evidence continues to mount that hundreds of Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia. Clearly, William V. Frederick is not among them. But as long as even one American remains held against his will, we must do everything possible to bring him home.
[r0754.97] PROJECT X SUMMARY SELECTION RATIONALE NAME: FREDERICK, William V., Capt., USAF OFFICIAL STATUS: MISSING CASE SUMMARY: SEE ATTACHED RATIONALE FOR SELECTION: Capt.. Frederick successfully ejected from his stricken aircraft and was seen on the ground by other members of his flight. There have been no subsequent reports of Capt. Frederick's possible capture or death. REFNO: 0754 19 Apr 76 (U) CASE SUMMARY 1. On 5 July 1967 Capt. William V. Frederick was the pilot of the number two F-105D aircraft, ( #60-0454, call sign BEAR 02), in a flight of four on a strike mission over the Cao Nung railroad yard in North Vietnam. While making a bombing pass, Capt... Frederick's aircraft received a direct hit from enemy ground fire. The aircraft burst into flames and Capt... Frederick was forced to bail out. A good parachute was seen after his ejection, and he was seen on the ground in the vicinity of grid coordinates (GC) XJ 968 822. Two other members of the flight reported hearing a radio beeper signal, but voice communications were never established. All of the flight orbited the area until having to leave to in-flight refuel. When they returned, Capt. Frederick's parachute could not be found. Search and rescue efforts were called off due to approaching darkness and lack of any contact with the downed officer. (The aircraft possibly crashed in the vicinity of (GC) YJ 019 804). (Ref 1 & 2) 2. During the existence of JCRC, the hostile threat in the area precluded any visits to or ground inspections of the sites involved in this case. This individual's name and identifying data were turned over to Four-Party Joint Military Team with a request for any information available. No response was forthcoming. 3. Capt. Frederick is currently carried in the status of Missing. REFERENCES USED 1. RPT (U), 355th TFW (CBPO-PA) AF Form 484 w/stmts, 10 Jul 67. 2. MSG (C), DIA Wash, 191712Z May 75. (Coordinates only) * National Alliance of Families Home Page