MOTT, DAVID PHILLIP Name: David Phillip Mott Rank/Branch: O3/USAF, pilot Unit: 20th TASS Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Fargo ND Date of Loss: 19 May 1972 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 164400N 1071800E (YD465527) Status (in 1973): Released POW Category: Acft/Vehicle/Ground: OV10A Missions: 100+ Other Personnel in Incident: William E. Thomas (released POW) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 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. REMARKS: 730327 RELSD BY PRG SYNOPSIS: The OV10 Bronco was among the aircraft most feared by the Viet Cong and NVA forces, because whenever the Bronco appeared overhead, an air strike seemed certain to follow. Although the glassed-in cabin could become uncomfortably warm, it provided splendid visibility. The two-man crew had armor protection and could use machine guns and bombs to attack, as well as rockets to mark targets for fighter bombers. This versatility enabled the plane to fly armed reconnaissance missions, in addition to serving as vehicle for forward air controllers. Capt. David P. Mott and Chief Warrant Officer William E. Thomas, Jr. were the crew of an OV10A aircraft sent on a combat mission over South Vietnam on May 19, 1972. During the mission, the aircraft was shot down a few miles from Quang Tri city in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. Both Mott and Thomas, unknown to U.S. authorities, were captured by the Vietnamese and taken to Hanoi. For the next 11 months, Thomas and Mott were "guests" in the Hanoi prison system. They were officially prisoners of the Viet Cong, but were held in North Vietnam. On March 27, the two were released in Operation Homecoming, during which 591 Americans were released by the Vietnamese. Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing, prisoner or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many authorities who have examined this largely classified information are convinced that hundreds of Americans are still held captive today. These reports are the source of serious distress to many returned American prisoners. They had a code that no one could honorably return unless all of the prisoners returned. Not only that code of honor, but the honor of our country is at stake as long as even one man remains unjustly held. It's time we brought our men home.
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO DAVID P. MOTT Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: May 19, 1972 Released: March 27, 1973 After graduating from North Dakota State University with a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics, I entered the Air Force through OTS and was commissioned on 10 November 1965. My year of pilot training was spent in Big Spring, Texas at Webb AFB and, upon receiving my wings, I remained to serve as a T-38 instructor pilot. My long awaited chance to serve my country in Vietnam finally came in March 1971 when I was assigned to OV-10 training with a port call in September 1971. After much training and many TDYs, Da Nang AB, Republic of Vietnam became my new "home." I flew as a Forward Air Controller until I was shot down in Quang Tri Province on 19 May 1972 (Ho Chi Minh's birthday). The area where I ejected was infested with North Vietnamese troops and rescue attempts were futile. I was captured within minutes. Although I was captured in South Vietnam and was supposedly a prisoner of the Provisional Revolutionary Government (Viet Cong), I was actually held for the full ten months by the North Vietnamese in North Vietnam. Most of last summer (1972) was spent in the mountains and jungles of North Vietnam while en route to Hanoi. Once I arrived in Hanoi, I was interned at the "Plantation Gardens" and later moved to the "Hanoi Hilton" complex until my release on 27 March 1973. The most difficult aspect of my imprisonment was not knowing if my family knew what had happened to me. Were they aware that I was alive, uninjured and a prisoner of war? I was not allowed to write to them, nor to receive letters or packages from them during the ten months I was captive. The first knowledge they had that I was definitely a POW was the day of the ceasefire when the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong turned over the list of the men they held. I was concerned about my family but not worried for them. I am fortunate to have a strong and capable wife, Phyllis, and I felt certain that she would be able to keep the family running smoothly during our period of forced separation. We have two children, Andrea, 7 and David Jr., 6. My family and I have always enjoyed the miiitary and Air Force life, and I plan to continue my flying career in a tactical fighter.
David Mott retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and his wife Liz reside in Colorado.