Name: Ariel Lindley Cross
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O2
Unit: VMCJ 1 1 MAW
Date of Birth: 07 January 1944
Home City of Record: DES MOINES IA
Date of Loss: 17 July 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 164300 North  1071200 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Category: 4
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: EF10B #125793
Other Personnel in Incident: Parra, Lionel
Refno: 1229

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.


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On July 17, 1968, an EF-10B Skyknight (tail number 12-5793, call sign "Pigment 69") with a crew of two took off from Da Nang Airbase, South Vietnam on an electronic countermeasures mission. The aircraft’s assignment called for a constant orbit from (GC) YD 345 494 to Grid Coordinates XD 306 395. The Skyknight was between Phu Bai and Dong Ha, South Vietnam, when its crew made a radio call to the aircraft they were relieving, "Pigment 68," stating that they were en route. Ten minutes later, "Pigment 68" attempted to reestablish radio contact with "Pigment 69" but was unable to do so. "Pigment 69" failed to arrive at the mission location, and was not seen again. Search efforts failed to locate the aircraft or its crew.

First Lieutenant Ariel Lindley Cross, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps from Iowa, was a member of Marine Composite Squadron 1, Marine Air Group 11, 1st Marine Air Wing. He was the pilot of the Skyknight when it went missing, and remains unaccounted for. After the incident, the Marine Corps promoted 1stLt Cross to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major Cross is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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