Name: Vladimir Henry Bacik
Rank/Branch: United States Marine Corps/O4/pilot
Unit: VMA 533 MAG 12
Date of Birth: 18 November 1932
Home City of Record: Houston TX
Date of Loss: 27 August 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam Over Water
Loss Coordinates:  201400 North 1065800 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A6A
Other Personnel in Incident: Paschal Boggs, PFOD
Refno: 0815

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.


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On August 27, 1967, an A-6A Intruder (bureau number 152639) carrying two crew members took off on a radar strike mission targeting enemy positions near Haiphong, North Vietnam. About an hour after takeoff, the Intruder radioed that it was making a run on its target. This was the last radio contact made with the aircraft, and it disappeared from radar soon after. When the Intruder failed to return, search and rescue teams began a search of its flight path, but were unable to locate the aircraft or its crew.

Major Vladimir Henry Bacik, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps from Texas, was a member of Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 533, Marine Air Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing. He was the pilot of the Intruder when it went missing, and was lost with the aircraft. Following the incident, the Marine Corps promoted Maj Bacik to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol). Today, Lieutenant Colonel Bacik is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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