CONNOR, PATRICK K.
Name: Patrick K. Connor Rank/Branch: Lieutenant JG/US Navy Unit: VA 36, USS ROOSEVELT Age: 25 Home City: Columbia MO Date of Loss: 02 February 1991 Country of Loss: Kuwait Loss Coordinates: Status: Missing in Action Status in 2002: KIA/Body recovered Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A6
Other Personnel in Incident:
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 09 March 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, published sources, interviews. Update 2002 POW NETWORK.
REMARKS: OPERATION DESERT STORM
SYNOPSIS: The Grumman A6 Intruder is a two-man, all weather, low-altitude, carrier based attack plane, with versions adapted as aerial tanker and electronic warfare platform. The A6A primarily flies close air support, all weather and night attacks on enemy troop concentrations, and night interdiction missions. Its advanced navigation and attack system allows small precision targets, such as bridges, barracks and fuel depots to be located and attacked in all weather conditions, day or night. Their crews are among the most talented and most courageous to serve the United States.
Lt.Cdr. Barry T. Cooke and LTJG Patrick Connor are Intruder pilots assigned to Attack Squadron 36 (the "Roadrunners") onboard the USS ROOSEVELT in the Persian Gulf. The Squadron's home base is Oceana Naval Station at Norfolk, Virginia.
On February 2, 1991, the Intruder on which Cooke was the pilot and Connor the co-pilot, was shot down off the coast of Kuwait during a strike mission against Iraqi warships. Cooke and Connor were declared Missing in Action. Search and rescue efforts were conducted for five days and then suspended, without having found the missing airmen. Aircraft wreckage was located in the water off Kuwait City, and according to one Connor family friend, the Navy changed the status of the airmen to lost at sea. However, Pentagon spokesmen, as of February 7, still list the two as Missing in Action. Connor's family has hope that the two were able to eject safely and survive or be captured.
Patrick Connor was a native of Columbia, Missouri, and attended elementary and high school there. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Business degree. His home base was Norfolk, Virginia and he was unmarried. Connor was shipped to the Middle East in November 1990. His brother, Jeff Connor, is also in the military and is currently stationed in the Middle East. Parents William and Martha Connor lived in Columbia, Missouri until 1983 when they moved to Marcellus, New York.