BYTHEWAY, FRANK L.
Name: Frank L. Bytheway
Unit: NAS Cubi Point
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record:
Date of Loss: 02 October 1969
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 175402N 1073602E
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: C2A "Trader" Cargo Aircraft
Other Personnel In Incident: Terry L. Beck; Richard W. Bell; Michael L.
Bowman; Rolando C. Dayao; Donald C. Dean; Herbert H. Dilger; Carl J.
Ellerd; James J. Fowler; Roy G. Fowler; Leonardo M. Gan; Paul E. Gore;
William D. Gorsuch; Rayford J. Hill; Delvin L. Kohler; Howard M. Koslosky;
Robert B. Leonard; Richard A. Livingston; Ronald W. Montgomery; William R.
Moore; Paul K. Moser; Kenneth M. Prentice; Fidel G. Salazar; Keavin L.
Terrell; Michael J. Tye; Reynaldo R. Viado
Source: Compiled 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 2001.
SYNOPSIS: Frank L. Bytheway was a civilian working at Cubi Point Naval
Air Station. On October 2, 1969 a C2A "Trader" cargo aircraft from
Reserve Cargo Squadron 50 was transferring crewmen from the Naval Air
Station Cubi Point, Republic of the Philippines to the USS Constellation
on station in the Gulf of Tonkin. Frank Bytheway was a passenger on the
The C2A was inbound and in the hands of the marshall air controller up to
10 nautical miles from the ship when it went off the radar scopes.
Helicopter search and rescue was initiated from the ship. The helicopter
began sighting an oil slick and debris. No bodies were found of the 26
crew and passengers. Recovered debris indicated that the aircraft was in
a releatively high speed nose down, right wing down impact with the water
or a possible right wing failure before impact.
Frank Bytheway is listed as a non-battle death, body not recovered. He was
not carried on the military lists of missing until April 2001.
National League of Families 04/10/01
DOD today informed the League that the remains of five Americans, listed as
missing in North Vietnam since October 20, 1968, were identified and
returned to their families. Jointly recovered on February 14, 1995, the
remains were accepted by the NOK as identified on March 28th of this year.
DOD has not yet announced the names of these US Army personnel. In addition,
the remains of a US Army private, whose name was not previously on the list
of unaccounted for Americans, were recovered on April 6th, 1998, and
accepted by the families on October 3rd of last year. Finally, Mr. Frank
Bytheway, a civilian lost in a US Navy incident on October 2, 1969, has been
added to the list of Americans still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.
The result of these adjustments and corrections is that the number now
missing and unaccounted for in Vietnam is 1,489, with 418 in Laos, 67 in
Cambodia and 8 in the territorial waters of the PRC. Over 90% of the 1,982
Americans still missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War were lost
in areas under Vietnam's wartime control. The names of all involved will be
on this update line as soon as released by the Defense Department, providing
the respective families concur.