Name: John Richard Fischer
Branch/Rank: United States Marine Corps/O3
Unit: VMA 224 MAG 12
Date of Birth: 17 July 1941
Home City of Record: PITTSBURGH PA
Date of Loss: 09 September 66
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 164842 North  1065217 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E #150020
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0450

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


CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/3 YRS United States Marine Corps/QUANG TRI

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Captain John Richard Fischer, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps from Pennsylvania, served with Marine Attack Squadron 224, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing. On September 9, 1966, piloting an A-4 Skyhawk (bureau number 150020), Captain Fischer departed Chu Lai Air Base, South Vietnam, on a night bombing mission in the area around Chu Lai. As he left the target, he contacted air traffic control and told them that his mission was complete. A short time later, three outposts west of Chu Lai reported hearing small arms fire and seeing an explosion. Captain Fischer's aircraft never returned to base. A search was carried out the next day, but failed to find a crash site, Captain Fischer, or his remains. Today, Captain Fischer is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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