CROCKETT, WILLIAM J.
Name: William J. Crockett
Rank/Branch: USAF, O2
Date of Birth: 23 October 46
Home City of Record: Cottage Grove, MN
Date of Loss: 22 August 72
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 164518N 1071123E
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body not Recovered
Other Personnel In Incident: Lee M. Tigner
Source: Compiled by THE P.O.W. NETWORK 02 February 93 from the
following published sources - POW/MIA's -- Report of the Select Committee
on POW/MIA Affairs United States Senate -- January 13, 1993. "The Senate
Select Committee staff has prepared case summaries for the priority cases
that the Administration is now investigating. These provide the facts about
each case, describe the circumstances under which the individual was lost,
and detail the information learned since the date of loss. Information in
the case summaries is limited to information from casualty files, does not
include any judgments by Committee staff, and attempts to relate essential
facts. The Committee acknowledges that POW/MIAs' primary next-of- kin know
their family members' cases in more comprehensive detail than summarized
here and recognizes the limitations that the report format imposes on these
On August 22, 1972, Major Tigner and First Lieutenant Crockett were
the crew in an F-4H, one in a flight of four on a combat mission
over Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. Their aircraft was hit by
hostile ground fire in the right wing and the wing separated from
the aircraft. It rolled and within two to five seconds after being
hit had crashed into the ground at a speed of 450 knots, skipped,
and came to rest in the river at Quang Tri City, Quang Tri
Province. No one was seen to eject from the aircraft before it
crashed and there were no electronic beepers heard. Both crewmen
were declared killed in action, body not recovered.
Returning U.S. POWs had no information on their precise fate.
After Operation Homecoming they were declared dead/body not
recovered, based on a presumptive finding of death.
In July 1974 the U.S. Army's 500th Military Intelligence Group
forwarded information from the South Vietnamese Army reporting
information that a U.S. jet aircraft had crashed during the war
approximately two kilometers west of Quang Tri City. Remains of an
American, clothing and boots were observed in the wreckage. This
report was believed to possibly correlate to this loss incident.
The site was searched on July 26, 1974, and human remains were
recovered. The area was revisited on November 6, 1974, and more
artifacts, human teeth, and aircraft parts were recovered.