WOZNIAK, FREDERICK JOSEPH
Name: Frederick Joseph Wozniak Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force Unit: Udorn AFB, Thailand Date of Birth: 11 June 1941 Home City of Record: Alpena MI Date of Loss: 17 January 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 205000N 1053000E (WJ589073) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: RF4C Refno: 0570
Other Personnel In Incident: Gary G. Wright (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: A/C DISAP - NO TRACE OF CREW
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.
Maj. Gary G. Wright and his backseater, 1Lt. Frederick J. Wozniak, were aboard an RF4C aircraft when it disappeared on an unarmed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam on January 17, 1967. The plane was lost in Than Hoa Province.
That same day, Peking Radio announced that three American planes had been downed over Hanoi on January 17. The announced location coincided with the intended flight path of Wright's mission. While no names were given, there is a reasonable possibility that Wright and Wozniak survived.
Wright and Wozniak were not among the prisoners of war that were released in 1973 by the Vietnamese. The Vietnamese deny any knowledge of them, though circumstances surrounding their incident indicate the strong probability that enemy forces knew their fates.
Alarmingly, evidence continues to mount that Americans were left as prisoners in Southeast Asia and continue to be held today. Unlike "MIAs" from other wars, most of the nearly 2500 men and women who remain missing in Southeast Asia can be accounted for. If even one was left alive (and many authorities estimate the numbers to be in the hundreds), we have failed as a nation until and unless we do everything possible to secure his freedom and bring him home.
Gary G. Wright was promoted to the rank of Colonel and Frederick J. Wozniak was promoted to the rank of Major during the period they were maintained Missing in Action.