Remains ID'd  May 2016

Name: Frederick Peter Crosby
Rank/Branch: O4/US Navy
Date of Birth: 15 June 1933
Home City of Record: Orlando FL
Date of Loss: 01 June 1965
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 195759N 1054957E (WH871078)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Veicle/Ground: RF8A
Refno No: 0090
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 April 1990 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.


SYNOPSIS: The Vought F8 "Crusader" saw action early in U.S. involvement in
Southeast Asia. Its fighter models participated both in the first Gulf of Tonkin
reprisal in August 1964 and in the myriad attacks against North Vietnam during
Operation Rolling Thunder. The Crusader was used exclusively by the Navy and
Marine air wings (although there is one U.S. Air Force pilot reported shot down
on an F8) and represented half or more of the carrier fighters in the Gulf of
Tonkin during the first four years of the war. The aircraft was credited with
nearly 53% of MiG kills in Vietnam.

The most frequently used fighter versions of the Crusader in Vietnam were the C,
D, and E models although the H and J were also used. The Charlie carried only
Sidewinders on fuselage racks, and were assigned such missions as CAP (Combat
Air Patrol), flying at higher altitudes. The Echo model had a heavier reinforced
wing able to carry extra Sidewinders or bombs, and were used to attack ground
targets, giving it increased vulnerability. The Echo version launched with less
fuel, to accommodate the larger bomb store, and frequently arrived back at ship
low on fuel. The RF-A models were equipped for photo reconnaissance. The RF-G
were also photographic versions, but with additional cameras and navigational

The combat attrition rate of the Crusader was comparable to similar fighters.
Between 1964 to 1972, eighty-three Crusaders were either lost or destroyed by
enemy fire. Another 109 required major rebuilding. 145 Crusader pilots were
recovered; 57 were not. Twenty of these pilots were captured and released. The
other 43 remained missing at the end of the war. In addition, there were 16
pilots who went down on photographic versions of the aircraft. Of these 16,
seven were captured (six were released, one died in captivity).

Lt.Cdr. Frederick P. Crosby was the pilot of an RF8A on a combat mission in
Thanh Hoa Province, North Vietnam on June 1, 1965. As he was about 5 miles
northeast of the city of Thanh Hoa, his aircraft was hit by enemy fire, crashed
and exploded. It was felt that there was little or no hope that he survived, and
Crosby was declared Killed/Body Not Recovered. Located near the city of Thanh
Hoa was the famed "Dragon Jaw" bridge which was the object of many vain bombing
attempts in 1965 and 1966.

Crosby is listed among the missing because his remains were never located to
return home. He is among over 2300 still prisoner, missing, or otherwise
unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

Since the war ended, nearly 10,000 reports relating to Americans missing,
prisoner or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S.
Government. Many authorities who have examined this largely classified
information are convinced that hundreds of Americans are still held captive
today. Fighter pilots in Vietnam were called upon to fly in many dangerous
circumstances, and were prepared to be wounded, killed, or captured. It
probably never occurred to them that some of them could be abandoned by the
country they proudly served.

Remains of Vietnam MIA found, coming home for burial ... Park that marks the site of a weekly POW/MIA vigil, held every Thursday night since Aug.


Subject:   LOCAL CONNECTION: New York Sailor Accounted For From Vietnam War
Date:   Mon, 22 May 2017 13:51:27 +0000
From:   Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <>

Dear Editor,

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has accounted for Navy Lt. Cmdr.
Frederick P. Crosby, 31, of Lockport, New York. 

He will be buried May 28 in San Diego, California.

His daughter, Deborah Crosby, is available for interviews if you would like
to contact her at 415-902-7359.

The Department of Defense has no photos of Crosby on file.


On June 1, 1965, Crosby was the pilot of an RF-8A aircraft on a bomb damage
assessment mission over Thanh Hoa Province, North Vietnam.  His aircraft was
hit by enemy ground fire while flying at high speed and low altitude over
the target area, and crashed.  Due to the location of the crash site in
hostile territory, the Navy was unable to conduct search operations.  The
Navy declared Crosby deceased as of June 1, 1965.

After three joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) investigations
and witness interviews dating back to 1993, a joint U.S./S.R.V. team
excavated a site between October and December 2015, and recovered possible
osseous remains and material evidence from an F-8-type aircraft. 

In the identification of Crosby, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces
Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA analysis, which matched a
sister, as well as anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence.

The support from the government of Vietnam was vital to the success of this

Today there are 1,611 American servicemen and civilians that are still
unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account
for missing Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the
DPAA website at or call (703) 699-1420.


...The decorated pilot will be buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Sunday,
virtually within eyeshot of the Point Loma house where his children grew up.

His headstone will read “He is home.”

On the back of it, the name of his widow, Mary, will be etched. She died in 2002 and
never remarried.

Her side will bear the inscription, “Wherest thou goest, so go I.” It’s from a pendant
that Mary Crosby wore around her neck, made from pilot wings....