DAVIS, FRANCIS JOHN
Name: Francis John Davis
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O4
Unit: Attack Squadron 37 (VA-37)
Date of Birth: 21 October 1938
Home City of Record: MONTROSE IA
Date of Loss: 14 June 1972
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 184800 North 1054800 East
Status (in 1973): Presumptive Finding of Death
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A7A #153206
Other Personnel in Incident:
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. 2020
No further information available at this time.
LCDR Francis J. Davis was a U.S. Navy pilot assigned
to Attack Squadron 37 (VA-37) aboard the
aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60). On June 14, 1972, LCDR Davis was the
pilot of an A-7A
Corsair II (#153206), call sign Red Falcon Three Zero Five, the lead in a
flight of two on a combat
mission over the coastal waters near Vinh, North Vietnam. Davis descended,
as briefed, to 5000 feet
for a flare run while his wingman remained high with anti-radiation missiles
for protection against
surface-to-air (SAM) missiles. Davis reported a SAM ahead and to his right.
No further transmissions
were received from him. His wingman observed a small, then large flash in
the immediate vicinity of
Davisí position. The area was searched visually by other aircraft and
helicopters from the time of the
flashes throughout the daylight hours without success. No parachute was
sighted nor was a beeper heard.
The helicopters investigated two oil slicks without success in the area
where the aircraft disappeared.
Davis was listed as Missing in Action. This was changed in 1974 to Dead,
Body Not Recovered.
[Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
Submitted by William M. Killian
Lieutenant Commander Francis John Davis entered the U.S. Navy
from Iowa and was a member of Attack Squadron 37, embarked
aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CVA 60). On June 14,
1972, he was the pilot of an A-7A Corsair II (bureau number
153206, call sign "Red Falcon 305") as the lead in a flight of
two on a combat mission over coastal waters near Vinh, North
Vietnam. He descended to make a flare run, while his wingman
remained high with anti-radiation missiles for protection
against enemy surface-to-air missiles (SAM). Lieutenant
Commander Davis reported a SAM ahead and to his right, and no
further transmissions were received from him. His wingman
observed a small and then a large flash from the area where his
Corsair disappeared, in the vicinity of (GC) 48Q WF 843 787.
Following the flashes, an aerial search was made but saw no
parachutes and detected no rescue beepers. LCDR Davis remains
unaccounted for. Today, Lieutenant Commander Davis is
memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National
Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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