DAVIES, JOSEPH EDWIN
Name: Joseph Edwin Davies
Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force
Unit: 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Date of Birth: 08 April 1940
Home City of Record: Alexandria VA
Date of Loss: 19 May 1968
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 174200N 1062800E
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Other Personnel In Incident: Glen D. McCubbin
Source: Compiled 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. NETWORK in 2001 with
information from Bob Hipps. 2020
SYNOPSIS: Joe Davies and Glenn McCubbin comprised the crew of an F4D
Phantom fighter jet sent on a night mission over North Vietnam. When they
failed to rejoin their wingman, another flight in the area was called in to
make an electronic search. Official location, according to coordinates
given, places their last known location near the city of Ron in North
Voice radio contact was established in a location that could not be exactly
established, but the families were told the radio transmission was
originating from across the border into Laos, some 50 miles from the city of
Ron. The voice could not be identified, but when search and rescue was
called in, a second transmission was received from about 30 miles southwest
(deeper into Laos) of the first contact.
Davies and McCubbin were never found. Their radio transmissions proved
futile. One can only imagine the loneliness and frustration they must have
felt when their would-be rescuers could not bring them to safety.
If, as the situation indicates, the two were lost inside Laos, it is then
possible that they were captured by the Pathet Lao, the communist element of
government of that country. They would be among nearly 600 Americans lost
there despite the protestations of the U.S. Government that we were not at
war in Laos. Even though the Pathet Lao stated on several occasions they
held "tens of tens" of American prisoners, their freedom was never
negotiated for, and not one man held in Laos was ever released.
Should Davies and McCubbin be among the hundreds many experts believe are
still alive as captives, what must they be thinking of us?