DYCZKOWSKI, ROBERT RAYMOND Remains recovered 11/19/99, date of remains identification announcement unknown. Burial April 2001. See article.
Name: Robert Raymond Dyczkowski Rank/Branch: O3/US Air Force Unit: 421st Tactical Fighter Squadron, Korat Airbase, Thailand Date of Birth: 23 June 1932 Home City of Record: Buffalo NY Date of Loss: 23 April 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 220000N 1055000E (WK860328) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Refno: 0313 Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1991 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 2001.
SYNOPSIS: The F105 Thunderchief ("Thud"), in its various versions, flew more missions against North Vietnam than any other U.S. aircraft. It also suffered more losses, partially due to its vulnerability, which was constantly under revision.
Robert R. Dyczkowski was born in Buffalo, New York in 1932. He attended St. Mary's Parochial School and Burgard Vocational High School, where he became a member of the Civil Air Patrol. While a member of the Air Force reserves, he was accepted for pilot training and subsequently sent to Vietnam as an F105 pilot.
Pilots in Vietnam did not serve a certain period of time, as was the case with ground troops, but rather flew 100 missions which completed their tour in-country. It was on Dyczkowski's 99th mission in North Vietnam on April 23, 1966 that his F-105 disappeared about 75 miles north of Hanoi. Dyczkowski's aircraft was number two in a flight of three and disappeared after pulling off the target. He failed to rejoin the flight after acknowledging instructions to do so. Subsequent radio contact with him was unsuccessful all search efforts were fruitless. There has been no further information concerning his fate.
Mounting evidence indicates that hundreds of Americans are still alive in captivity in Southeast Asia. The U.S. Government has regular talks with the Vietnamese and has negotiated the excavation of a crash site and the return of about 100 remains, but has failed to successfully negotiate for the return of those Americans still held captive.
Robert R. Dyczkowski was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during the period he was maintained missing.
Associated Press Newswires Wednesday, March 14, 2001
Remains found in Vietnam identified as Buffalo-area pilot
TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) - Air Force Capt. Robert Dyczkowski will be given a place in Arlington National Cemetery on April 6, 35 years after his death during a bombing mission over North Vietnam.....