SPROTT, ARTHUR ROY JR.
Name: Arthur Roy Sprott, Jr. Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force Unit: 6th Special Operations Squadron Date of Birth: 06 January 1937 Home City of Record: Del Ray Beach FL Date of Loss: 10 January 1969 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 155829N 1975900E (ZC182690) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 3 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1H Refno: 1358 Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 September 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 2005.
SYNOPSIS: The Douglas A1 Skyraider ("Spad") is a highly maneuverable, propeller driven aircraft designed as a multipurpose attack bomber or utility aircraft. The Spad was first used by the Air Force in counterinsurgency operations in South Vietnam, and later used in a variety of roles, including rescue missions. The fighter aircraft was retired in the spring of 1968 and had flown in more than twenty model variations, probably more than any other U.S. combat aircraft.
The general procedure for a rescue escort entailed two A1 aircraft flying directly to the search area to look for sign of the downed crewmen while two other A1s escorted the rescue helicopter to the area. If it was necessary, the A1s would attack enemy in the area with bombs, rockets and cannon fire so that the helicopter could land.
MAJ Arthur R. Sprott, Jr. was a Spad pilot assigned to the 6th Special Operations Squadron at Pleiku Airbase in Vietnam. He was assigned to assist a rescue effort on January 10, 1969. En route to the target area, his aircraft was struck by hostile ground fire and crashed. His remains were never recovered. Sprott's loss occurred approximately 20 miles southwest of Da Nang in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam.
Nearly 2500 Americans were lost in Southeast Asia during our miltary involvement there. Since the war ended, thousands of reports relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. The official policy is that no conclusive proof has been obtained that is current enough to act upon. Detractors of this policy say conclusive proof is in hand, but that the willingness or ability to rescue these prisoners does not exist.
Those hundreds said to be still alive and in captivity must be wondering if and when their country will return for them. In America, we say that life is precious, but isn't the life of even one American worth the effort of recovery? When the next war comes, and it is our sons lost, will we then care enough to do everything we can to bring our prisoners home?
Loss haunts family of Delray Beach man By LONA O'CONNOR
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 02, 2005
Though it was 34 years ago, the widow still remembers even the quirky details about the day a chaplain and a young captain came to her door.
It was 4 in the afternoon. The chaplain asked her to be kind to the young captain because he had a difficult duty to perform. It was an odd request, given the reason for their visit......