NIEDECKEN, WILLIAM CLINTON

Name: William Clinton Niedecken
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O2
Unit:
Date of Birth: 10 November 1945
Home City of Record: CORPUS CHRISTI TX
Date of Loss: 15 February 1969
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 161957 North  1063158 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A7A
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1385

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:

CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/3 YRS UNITED STATES NAVY

No further information available at this time.

Subject:  Submission
Date:  Fri, 25 May 2018 16:28:55 +0000
From:  William M. Killian <wkillian@pvhspanthers.org>


 

On February 15, 1969, LTJG William C. Niedecken was the pilot of an A-7A Corsair aircraft (#153181), call sign Canyon Passage 412, from Strike Fighter Squadron 105 (VFA-105) "Gunslingers" aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). He was the Number Two in a flight on a night strike mission over Laos. During pullout from a strafing run, LTJG Niedecken reported, Im taking fire. His aircraft was observed to crash 2000-3000 feet beyond the target. No ejection was seen and no radio signals were heard. An extensive search effort was unsuccessful. His remains have not been recovered. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]


 

Submitted by William M. Killian