DUFFY, JOHN EVERETT REMAINS RETURNED MAY 1993 IDENTIFIED MARCH 1996 Name: John Everett Duffy Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 23 January 1946 Home City of Record: Portland ME Date of Loss: 04 April 1970 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 144600N 1084400E (BS560336) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 3 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: O2 Refno: 1580 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 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: 1Lt. John E. Duffy was the pilot of a Cessna O2 aircraft on a mission over South Vietnam on April 4, 1970. Duffy, who had graduated from the United States Air Force Academy two years before, had a promising future in the Air Force as a pilot. The Cessna O2 had only been used by the Air Force four years. The aircraft had a greater range that the O1, but, like the Bird Dog, lacked adequate armor for low target marking runs. The aircraft was used primarily for observation, but some versions flew psychological warfare mission, urging the Viet Cong to surrender and encouraging those loyal to the Saigon government. On Duffy's mission, his plane went down about 15 miles southwest of the city of Quang Ngai in South Vietnam. He was listed as Missing In Action. No information of substance has surfaced on Duffy since that day. Nearly 2500 Americans are missing in Southeast Asia. Some of them were known to have been prisoners of war. Some, of course, died in plane crashes and from enemy fire and could not be recovered. Many were in radio contact with search and rescue teams and in good shape when they reported their imminent capture. Since the end of the war, thousands of reports have been received that indicate Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia. One of them could be John Duffy. Duffy served our nation with pride. He deserves our best efforts to bring him home. John E. Duffy was promoted to the rank of Captain during the period he was maintained missing in action.