Name: Richard Brazik
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O2
Date of Birth:  22 December 1941
Home City of Record:  BAY VILLAGE OH
Date of Loss: 26 July 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 175500 North 1055000 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C #0848
Other Personnel in Incident: Richard Claflin, Presumptive Finding of Death

Refno: 0772

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



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On July 26, 1967, an F-4C Phantom II (tail number 64-0848) with a crew of two took off from Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand as the number two aircraft in a flight of two on a nighttime armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. The F-4C reached the target area, released its ordnance, and was then seen to explode in mid-air by the flight leader. No parachutes were observed and no signals from rescue beepers were received. The flight leader circled the area and attempted to establish radio contact with the crew of the F-4C but was unsuccessful. The loss area was deep in enemy territory, so an immediate search for survivors could not be conducted. Later investigations of the crash site failed to recover the remains of the crew.  

First Lieutenant Richard Brazik, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Ohio, served with the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing. He was the pilot of the F-4C when it crashed, and his remains were not recovered.  Subsequent to the incident, and while carried in the status of MIA, the U.S. Air Force promoted First Lieutenant Brazik to the rank of Captain (Capt).  Today, Captain Brazik  is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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