Name: Robert Ira Bush
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Date of Birth: 08 June 1938
Home City of Record: RACINE WI
Date of Loss: 09 June 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 171458 North  1061959 East
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1E #133899
Other Personnel in Incident: Theodore Shorack, Killed in Action/Body not

Refno: 0357

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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Captain Robert Ira Bush, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Wisconsin, was a member of the 14th Air Commando Wing. On June 9, 1966, he piloted an A-1E Skyraider (tail number 52-133899, call sign "Sandy 41") as part of a four-aircraft search and rescue mission to pick up a downed pilot in the vicinity of (GC) 48Q XE 417 075. The rescue was successful, but as the flight left the target area, another aircraft in the flight collided with Capt Bush’s Skyraider. Both aircraft crashed in the vicinity of (GC) 48Q XE 420 095. Captain Bush was witnessed to bail out of his plane before it went down; however, something was tangled in his parachute, which failed to fully deploy before he hit the ground. Hostile forces in the area prevented search efforts for Capt Bush, and he remains unaccounted for. Today, Captain Bush is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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