MASSUCCI, MARTIN JOHN Name: Martin John Massucci Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 01 November 1939 Home City of Record: Royal Oak MI Date of Loss: 01 October 1965 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 211000N 1043900E (VJ730340) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C Refno: 0158 Other Personnel In Incident: Charles J. Scharf (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 1998. REMARKS: 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. On October 1, 1965, Capt. Charles J. Scharf was the pilot of the lead aircraft in a flight of four F4C fighter jets assigned a road reconnaissance mission about 79 miles west-northwest of Hanoi, 15 kilometers from the border of China, near Ban Puoi Airfield. Scharf's bombardier/navigator was 1Lt. Martin J. Massucci. During the mission, Scharf radioed that he was hit and was bailing out. One parachute was seen and the plane remained airborne for about 30 seconds prior to impact. Chuck and his backseater were both reported missing in action. CIA reported to Scharf's family that he was mentioned in the 1967 East German film, "Pilots in Pajamas," but Defense Intelligence stated that the photo did not correlate with the name. Chuck's family has viewed 6 hours of the 8 hour film. Segments of "Pilots in Pajamas" were used in Sylvester Stallone's documentary, "MIAs, Where Are They?" Barbara Lowerison, Scharf's sister, says, "When I saw the documentary, there were scenes which led me to believe that Chuck was in that film. I would bet my life on it!" Lowerison says, "I, as a sister cannot and will not give up hope. I strongly believe that we do have live men detained against their will in Communist controlled environments. I urge our government to pursue the release of each and every one of these men and to urge the release of all remains. It is the legal and moral responsibility of the U.S. Government to protect and stand up for American fighting men." Charles J. Scharf was promoted to the rank of Colonel and Martin J. Massucci to the rank of Major during the period they were maintained missing in action.