STEWART, PETER JOSEPH
Identified, 04/06/18

Name: Peter Joseph Stewart
Rank/Branch: O5/US Air Force
Unit: 8 TFW Headquarters
Date of Birth: 12 August 1918
Home City of Record: Winter Haven FL
Date of Loss: 15 March 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 212300N 1030000E (TJ928640)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C
Refno: 0274

Other Personnel In Incident: Martin J. Scott (missing)


Official photo

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 2018.

REMARKS: POSS DEAD IR 1516032672

SYNOPSIS: On March 15, 1966, Capt. Martin R. Scott was the pilot of an F4C
Phantom fighter/bomber assigned a mission over North Vietnam. His
bombardier/navigator on the flight was veteran pilot LtCol. Peter J.
Stewart. The flight departed Ubon Airfield, Thailand, in the late afternoon
for the armed reconnaissance flight that would take them over the city of
Dien Binh Phu in North Vietnam. Scott and Stewart were number 2 in a
two-plane flight.

About one mile south of the Dien Bien Phu airport, the flight leader spotted
two trucks on the main highway and directed the number two crew to make a
low bombing pass. Moments later, the leader observed what he described as an
dense explosion resembling a napalm drop in the target area. Repeated
attempts to raise the number 2 plane failed. Scott and Stewart were declared
missing.

Because the plane went down in a heavily populated area deep in enemy
territory, an organized search for Scott and Stewart was not possible. There
was no evidence of survival.

In 1972, the Defense Department received a report from a refugee who stated
he was shown the crash site and the graves of the two pilots. He stated that
Stewart's plane was the only plane shot down in that area, but could not
specify the date or year. The DOD added, "POSS DEAD IR1516032672" to Scott's
records. This report was disproven in 1986 on the basis that Scott's plane
was not the only plane shot down in the area (in fact there were several),
but the data remark remained, and the Air Force cannot verify why the "only
plane"statement was made.

In 1985, a returned POW recalled that Peter Stewart's name was one of those
passed around in POW camps before Americans were released in 1973. In 1975,
the Stewart family identified a photo of a prisoner of war as Peter Stewart.
Whether Scott's name was ever mentioned as a possible POW is not known.

Whether Scott and Stewart survived the crash of their plane on March 15,
1966 will not be known with certainty until either they themselves or their
remains are returned. Although over 10,000 reports concerning Americans
alive in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government, we have
yet to discover the formula that would secure the freedom of these men.
Martin Scott and Peter Stewart could be among them. Isn't it time we brought
these men home?

Peter J. Stewart and Martin J. Scott were both promoted to the rank of
Colonel during the period they were maintained Missing in Action.

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AN ENORMOUS CRIME: THE DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF AMERICAN POWs ABANDONED IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

           By Bill Hendon and Elizabeth A. Stewart

 

 

In the Twentieth Century the United States fought three wars in Asia: World War IIKorea, and Vietnam.  In all three, thousands of Americans were captured and became prisoners. 

 

The fate of live American POWs in World War II was comparatively easy to establish, because the Japanese were vanquished, they surrendered unconditionally, and virtually all the territory they had occupied came under American or allied control.  After the  surrender, there were few, if any, places the Japanese could hide live American prisoners of war, nor any reason they would want to. 

 

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 6 April, 2018 12:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Air Force Pilot Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For (Stewart, P.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Air Force Col. Peter J. Stewart, missing from the Vietnam War, has now been

accounted for.

 

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1486578/
air-for
ce-pilot-missing-from-vietnam-war-accounted-for-stewart-p/

 

 

On March 15, 1966, Stewart, a member of Headquarters, 8th Tactical Fighter

Wing, was the pilot of a two-seater F-4C aircraft, the second in a flight of

two on an armed reconnaissance mission over northern Vietnam. The lead

aircraft spotted two vehicles as the flight approached the target area and

Stewart responded he was going to strafe the trucks. The lead aircraft,

while maneuvering to engage the targets, lost sight of Stewart's aircraft,

but saw a bright orange explosion over the trucks. The flight lead

immediately attempted to contact Stewart's aircraft without result. No

parachutes or emergency signals were seen, and all subsequent attempts to

contact Stewart and his aircraft commander were unsuccessful. An organized

search was not possible due to hostilities in the area. Stewart was

subsequently declared missing in action. His status was later amended to

deceased.

 

In June 2017, DPAA identified the remains of the aircraft commander, Col.

Martin R. Scott.

 

The support from the government and the people of Vietnam was vital to the

success of this recovery.

 

Stewart's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with others

unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. A rosette will be placed next to his

name to indicate he has been accounted for.

http://www.newschief.com/news/20180527/peace-for-family-winter-
haven-air-force-colonel-identified-52-years-after-jet-went-down
 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 11 June, 2018 12:19
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Florida Pilot Accounted-For From Vietnam War To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Air Force Col. Peter Stewart, accounted for on Feb. 28, 2018, will be buried

June 18 in Winter Haven, Florida.

 

Stewart, 47, born in Glasgow, Scotland, and raised in Winter Haven, was

killed during the Vietnam War.

 

His son, James D. Stewart, is available for interviews at (863) 521-1511.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Stewart on file.

 

For more information, contact:

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

 

OR:

 

Chuck Prichard, APR

Director, Public Affairs

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

(703) 699-1169

charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

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On March 15, 1966, Stewart, a member of Headquarters, 8th Tactical Fighter

Wing, was the pilot of a two-seater F-4C aircraft, the second in a flight of

two on an armed reconnaissance mission over northern Vietnam.  The lead

aircraft spotted two vehicles as the flight approached the target area and

Stewart responded he was going to strafe the trucks.  The lead aircraft,

while maneuvering to engage the targets, lost sight of Stewart's aircraft,

but saw a bright orange explosion over the trucks.  The flight lead

immediately attempted to contact Stewart's aircraft without result.  No

parachutes or emergency signals were seen, and all subsequent attempts to

contact Stewart and his aircraft commander were unsuccessful.  An organized

search was not possible due to hostilities in the area.  Stewart was

subsequently declared missing in action.  His status was later amended to

deceased.

 

In November 2014, a joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.)

recovery team conducted recovery operations at a possible F-4C crash site in

Dien Bien District, Dien Bien Province.  Material evidence and possible

osseous material was recovered and sent to the Central Identification

Laboratory for analysis.  Additional recovery operations were conducted in

late 2015 and late 2016, and all recovered remains were sent to the

laboratory for analysis. 

 

In June 2017, DPAA identified the remains of the aircraft commander, Col.

Martin R. Scott. 

 

From October to December 2017, a joint U.S./S.R.V. team continued excavating

the crash site, recovering human remains and material evidence.

To identify Stewart's remains, DPAA used dental analysis, which matched his

records, as well as material and circumstantial evidence.

 

The support from the government and the people of Vietnam was vital to the

success of this recovery.

 

Today there are 1,597 American servicemen and civilians that are still

unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.  Stewart's name is recorded on the

Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in

Honolulu, along with others unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. A rosette

will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for missing Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the

DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or call (703) 699-1420.

 

Additionally, Stewart's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000BTclEAG

 

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....by The U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. On that March day in 1966, according to the Accounting Agency, Stewart, ...
 
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After 52 years M.I.A., Colonel laid to rest in Florida ... were discovered during an excavation in Vietnam by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.