ASHBY, DONALD ROBERTS SR.

Name: Donald Roberts Ashby Sr.
Rank/Branch: United States Navy/O4
Unit:
Date of Birth: 08 April 1930
Home City of Record: Newport News VA
Date of Loss: 19 January 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam over water
Loss Coordinates:
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B - # 153029
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0574

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.  2020

REMARKS:

Donald Ashby was the pilot of an F4B that crashed over water. He was a
14 year Navy veteran.

No further information available at this time.

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LCDR DONALD ROBERTS ASHBY SR.

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On January 19, 1967, an F-4B Phantom II (bureau number 153029, call sign "Linfield 213") with two crew members launched from the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63). Immediately after launch, the aircraft appeared to lose power from its starboard engine, causing it to stall and crash into the sea roughly a mile ahead of the ship. The aircraft was destroyed on impact with the water and no ejections or attempts at crew escape were observed. Search and rescue efforts were initiated immediately, but were unable to recover either crew member.

Lieutenant Commander Donald Roberts Ashby Sr., who entered the U.S. Navy from Virginia, served with Fighter Squadron 114 and was the pilot of this Phantom at the time of its loss. He remains unaccounted for. Today, Lieutenant Commander Ashby is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

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