Name: Joseph Henry Byrne
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O4
Unit:  1st Air Commando Squadron, 56th Air Commando Wing
Date of Birth: 28 January 1925
Home City of Record:EVANSTON IL
Date of Loss: 13 March 1968
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 164428 North  1060817 East
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1E #133888

Other Personnel in Incident: GUY COLLINS, Killed in Action/Body not

Refno: 1084

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 March 13, 1968, an A-1E Skyraider (tail number 52-133888, call sign "Hobo 11") with two crew members conducted a combat mission over enemy targets in Savannakhet Province, Laos. While attacking a ground target, it is believed that the aircraft was hit by automatic weapons fire. It crashed and burst into flames. No parachutes were observed before the plane hit the ground, and neither crew member was recovered following the crash.

Major Joseph Henry Byrne, who entered the U.S. Air Force from Illinois, served with the 1st Air Commando Squadron, 56th Air Commando Wing, and was the copilot of this Skyraider at the time of its loss. He remains unaccounted for. Today, Major Byrne is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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