BEGLEY, BURRISS NELSON
REMAINS RETURNED 1986
Name: Burriss Nelson Begley
Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O4
Unit: 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron.
Date of Birth: 06 November 1925
Home City of Record: Hyden KY
Date of Loss: 5 December 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 213400 North 1050000 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D # 4331
Other Personnel in Incident:
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
NAME ADDED TO WALL MAY 97-NO ANNOUNCEMENT
Remains Returned according to Pentagon 1997 list but..... DATE OF ID
STATED AS 01 DEC 93 (see last paragraph)
Returnee Stutz mentioned Begley in Debrief 123, according to Senator
EGRESS "Name scratched on floor at Ha Lo prison. (See Stutz debrief)
- last known direct voice contact with Begley was during
incident when Begley stated he was ejecting from his aircraft."
Senate Select Committee Final Report --
North Vietnam Burris N. Begley
On December 5, 1966, Major Begley was the pilot of an F-105, one in
a flight of four aircraft on a combat mission over North Vietnam.
Their flight was attacked by hostile MIG-17 aircraft while en route
to the targets and Major Begley's aircraft was hit by hostile fire.
Another flight member observed his aircraft apparently hit in the
tail: debris and his drag chute were seen falling away from his F-
Major Begley reported he was losing power and altitude and would be
heading across the Red River. He later reported he would be
ejecting, but aerial combat between the F-105 and MIG-17 aircraft
prevented U.S pilots from tracking Major Begley. His aircraft
crashed in Phu Tho Province, south of the Red River, and
approximately 15 miles from the river town of Yen Bai. There was
no chute observed and no radio or beeper signals.
Major Begley was declared missing in action. Returning U.S. POWs
had no information on his precise fate. In April 1978 he was
declared killed in action, body not recovered, based on a
presumptive finding of death.
In November 1974, U.S. intelligence received a report from a
People's Army of Vietnam defector describing the shoot down of a
U.S. aircraft and the landing and capture of a pilot in Phu Ninh
District circa January 1967. DIA concluded that this report might
correlate to one of three U.S. airmen lost in this area, one of
whom was Major Begley. Another report from a former People's Army
soldier described the downing of a U.S. jet in Phu Tho Province
circa November 1966 and the source reported human remains at the
crash site. This report was also placed on Major Begley's file.
In November 1986, Vietnam repatriated remains it asserted were
those of Major Begley. U.S. officials determined that there were
insufficient remains for biological identification and they could
not be correlated to Major Begley.