Name: John Hunter Crews III
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O2
Date of Birth: 31 December 1941
Home City of Record: ASHVILLE NC
Date of Loss: 22 May 68
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 173330 North  1061815 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D #0246
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 1188

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.  2015


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Subject: Submission
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:35:06 +0000
From: William M. Killian


Here are some details from 2 MIA's that are lacking in your database:

On May 22, 1968, a U.S. Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II (660246)
from the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing based at the Ubon
Royal Thai Air Force Base was on a mission flown by CAPT John H. Crews III and 1LT
Dean P. St. Pierre. While attacking a truck convoy on a road 20 miles west of Dong Hoi,
their aircraft was hit by 85mm anti-aircraft fire. Both crewmen were listed as KIA and no
remains were recovered. [Taken from]




William M. Killian

Social Studies Department Co-Chair

Pioneer Valley High School




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On May 22, 1968, an F-4D Phantom II (tail number 66-0246, call sign Dipper 02) with two crew members took off as one of two aircraft on a nighttime armed reconnaissance mission over enemy targets in North Vietnam. Immediately after the other aircraft on the mission passed over the target area, its crew heard this F-4D's crew radio to say they were taking heavy enemy anti-aircraft fire. The other aircraft then saw a large fireball on the ground near the target and circled the area for several minutes, but could not locate this F-4D or any sign of its crew. Another flight relieved the lead aircraft and began a search but was similarly unsuccessful due to the darkness. Attempts to locate and investigate the crash site were precluded by enemy presence in the area, and further attempts to locate the F-4D's crew members were unsuccessful. 

First Lieutenant John Hunter Crews III entered the U.S. Air Force from North Carolina and served in the 433th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He was the aircraft commander aboard the F-4D when it was lost, and his remains were not recovered following the incident. Subsequent to the incident, and while held in a missing in action status, the U.S. Air Force promoted First Lieutentant Crews to the rank of Captain.  Today, Captain Crews is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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