LEE, CHARLES RICHARD
RIP

Name: Charles Richard Lee
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O3
Unit: Attack Squadron 146 (VA-146)
Date of Birth: 13 March 1941
Home City of Record: SAN DIEGO CA
Date of Loss: 09 July 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 204900 North  1063300 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4C
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
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Official pre-capture photos

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.  2018

REMARKS: PROB DEAD

REMAINS RETURNED  06/03/83

CACCF/COSTA MESA CA/CRASH/PILOT/12 YRS USN

No further information available at this time.

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Subject: Submission
Date: Thu, 3 May 2018 14:54:17 +0000
 

On July 9, 1967, LT Charles R. Lee was the pilot of an U.S. Navy A-4C Skyhawk (#149542) from Attack Squadron 146 (VA-146), call sign Busy Bee 602, launched from the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64) in a flight of four for a strike on the Haiphong POL storage area in North Vietnam. As the flight was approaching the target area, LT Lee’s aircraft was struck by a surface-to-air missile (SAM). The aircraft was observed to burst into a ball of fire and crash. Various witnesses reported that they had not seen an ejection attempt nor a parachute, and no beeper signals were heard. Search operations were initiated around the crash site, but there was no sign of a survivor. Lee was listed as Missing in Action, presumed Killed in Action. On June 3, 1983, remains believed to be Lee’s were returned to the United States by the North Vietnamese. These were positively identified on June 27, 1983. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]


 

Submitted by William M. Killian