DELEIDI, RICHARD AUGUSTINE
Name: Richard Augustine Deleidi
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O3
Unit: VFMA 334 MAG 13
Date of Birth: 30 January 1945
Home City of Record: EL CAJON CA
Date of Loss: 07 February 1969
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 155450 North 1082411 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4J #155762
Other Personnel in Incident: Charles W. Maxwell, 1st.LT, RIO; rescued
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. Updated 2004 with information from John Pagel.
On 7 Feb 1969, Captain Deleidi and his Radar Intercept Officer, 1st Lt J W
Maxwell, launched from Danang in F-4J BuNo 155762 on a close air support
mission targeted just 3 miles west of the base. His aircraft was hit by .51
antiaircraft fire as he was pulling off on his second run at the
target. His F-4 on
fire, Deleidi headed for the open water. Maxwell ejected
just off the coast and a
lthough badly injured was picked up and survived the
incident. Captain Deleidi
did not eject before the F-4 impacted the water.
His remains were not recovered.
CAPT RICHARD AUGUSTINE DELEIDI
On February 7, 1969, an F-4J Phantom (bureau number: 4155762,
call sign: Lovebug 465) with a crew of two embarked on a close
air support mission over the Republic of (South) Vietnam. While
attacking enemy ground troops (vicinity of 49P AT 865 452), the
Phantom was hit by enemy ground fire. The pilot headed towards
the coast, and the aircraft caught fire and went out of control.
The radar intercept officer ejected and was eventually rescued.
Observers saw the Phantom crash near the mouth of the Hoi An
River. They did not see a second man eject from the aircraft
before the crash.
Captain (Capt) Richard Augustine Deleidi, who joined the U.S.
Marine Corps from California, served with Marine Fighter Attack
Squadron 334, Marine Air Group 13, 1st Marine Air Wing. He was
the pilot of the Phantom when it crashed, and his remains were
not recovered. Today, Capt Deleidi is memorialized on the Courts
of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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