BIRD, LEONARD ADRIAN

Name: Leonard Adrian Bird
Rank/Branch: United States Marine Corp/O2
Unit: VMFA 115 MAG 13
Date of Birth: 14 September 1943
Home City of Record: WILMINGTON  DE
Date of Loss: 15 July 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 163706 North  1054404 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B 150650
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1225

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: Died when aircraft he was in burst into flames and crashed

CACCF CRASH/OTHER AIRCREW QUANG TRI 3 YRS USMC

No further information available at this time.

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01/2020

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1STLT LEONARD ADRIAN BIRD

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On July 13, 1968, an F-4B Phantom II (bureau number 150650) with two crew members took off on a strike mission against targets near Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. Friendly ground forces and the other aircraft on the mission observed this aircraft catch fire during its attack run on a suspected enemy position. No crew members were seen ejecting, and the aircraft crashed near enemy positions in the vicinity of grid coordinates XD 835 345. Neither crew member's remains were recovered.

First Lieutenant Leonard Adrian Bird entered the U.S. Marine Corps from Delaware and was a member of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115, Marine Air Group 13, 1st Marine Air Wing. He was the radar interceptor officer aboard this Phantom when it crashed on July 13, 1968, and he was lost with the aircraft. Attempts to locate or identify his remains following the incident have been unsuccessful, and he is still unaccounted-for. Today, First Lieutenant Bird is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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