BRUCHER, JOHN MARTIN Name: John Martin Brucher Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force Unit: 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Takhli Airbase, Thailand Date of Birth: 15 August 1936 Home City of Record: Clatskanie OR Date of Loss: 18 February 1969 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 171800N 1061100E (XE290125) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Refno: 1388 Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing) REMARKS: VOICE CONTACT INJURED IN TREE Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998. SYNOPSIS: Major John M. Brucher was flying a mission over North Vietnam in an F105D aircraft when it was hit by hostile fire and crashed on February 18, 1969. Brucher was seen to eject and land in trees, and emergency beeper signals were heard. Brucher reported by radio that he had landed in a tree, and that he was suspended in mid-air and unable to free himself from his parachute. He later reported having a discloated shoulder. Rescue efforts were suspended until the following day because of intense hostile fire in the area. When the rescue helicopters returned, Brucher's parachute was found still hanging in the tree, empty. Attempts at radio contact with Brucher were unsuccessful. Brucher's last known location near the Ban Karai Pass in Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam. He was listed Missing In Action, even though there is every reason to believe the Vietnamese know his fate. Some analysts have suggested that the pilots flying near the border of Laos near the DMZ were aggressively pursued by the Vietnamese. During this time of the American ground operation known as Dewey Canyon II, the Vietnamese had troop and equipment buildup sites in the region they wished to keep secret. Pilots flying overhead might compromise that information, if not destroy the sites themselves. The Vietnamese, therefore sought to eliminate the planes. Thousands of reports of Americans alive in the hands of the Vietnamese have been received by the U.S. since the end of the war. Many government officials state that they believe Americans are currently being held against their will in Southeast Asia. The question is, who are they, and how will we bring them home? Is one of them John Brucher?