MARTIN, JOHN MURRAY
Name: John Murray Martin Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 17 June 1931 Home City of Record: Glenshaw PA (family in DE) Date of Loss: 20 November 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: 170800N 1072000E (YD135985) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 5 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C Refno: 0923 Others In Incident: James Badley (rescued)
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 12/2003 with information provided by John Martin's daughter.
SYNOPSIS: The Phantom, used by Air Force, Marine and Navy air wings, served a multitude of functions including fighter-bomber and interceptor, photo and electronic surveillance. The two man aircraft was extremely fast (Mach 2), and had a long range (900 - 2300 miles, depending on stores and mission type). The F4 was also extremely maneuverable and handled well at low and high altitudes. Most pilots considered it one of the "hottest" planes around.
James Badley flew backseater on F4C Phantom fighter jets. It was his job to operate the sophisticated computerized navigation and weapons systems of the aircraft. He was highly trained and specialized. His job was tough, but one of the most sought after for a pilot.
When Badley and his pilot, Capt John Murray Martin, embarked on a combat mission on November 20, 1967, Martin was not to return. The aircraft was shot down very near the island of Hon Co, about 10 miles northeast of the Demilitarized Zone, in North Vietnam. His last known location was very near the island of Hon Co, about 10 miles northeast of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Badley ejected and was rescued.
Tina Martin passed away in early 2002 still waiting for answers.