Name: Charles Frederick Clydesdale
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O2
Date of Birth: 31 August 1939
Home City of Record: PITTSBURGH PA
Date of Loss: 15 March 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 81952 North  1083906 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1H #135375
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0060

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


CACCF/CRASH/PILOT   3 YRS United States Navy

No further information available at this time.


Sen. Casey eyes recovery of remains of MIAs in Asia

U.S. servicemembers, coalition and mission partners gather for a prisoners of war and missing in action remembrance ceremony at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, on Sept. 21, 2013. In a recent letter, Sen. Bob Casey Jr. urged State Department and Defense officials to intensify diplomatic efforts to recover those missing in action from wars in Asia.


By Carl Prine

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Published: September 27, 2013

Nearly scraping the trees in his A1H Skyraider plane, Navy Lt. j.g. Charles Clydesdale neared the
enemy ammo dump in Phu Qui, North Vietnam.

When most men would flinch, the pilot from Penn Hills flew straight through enemy anti-aircraft fire
to blow up the munitions and head for the aircraft carrier USS Ranger.

He never made it. His bullet-riddled engine sputtering, Clydesdale decided to ditch over the Gulf of
Tonkin instead of North Vietnamese jungle. He apparently could not bail out, however, and his body
was never recovered from the crash on March 15, 1965.

Clydesdale was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.....




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Lieutenant Junior Grade Charles Fredrick Clydesdale entered the U.S. Navy from Pennsylvania and was a member of Attack Squadron 95, embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA 61). On March 15, 1965, he was the pilot of an A-1H Skyraider (bureau number 135375, call sign "Fortress 512") returning to the Ranger after a bombing mission against enemy targets in North Vietnam. En route to the ship, the aircraft developed engine trouble and the pilot was forced to ditch at sea. Within thirty seconds the aircraft sank. An extensive search of the area recovered pieces of aircraft debris, but LTJG Clydesdale was not recovered. He remains unaccounted for. Today, Lieutenant Junior Grade Clydesdale is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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