Name: Harry Guenther Branch/Rank: Civ Unit: Communications Engineer in Saigon Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Germany Date of Loss: 21 August 1967 Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water Loss Coordinates: 124956N 1092527E Status (in 1973): Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: C47 Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Robert Gino Eby, CIV Refno: 0795
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. 1998.
SYNOPSIS: Robert G. Eby, an American citizen, and Harry Guenther, were, according to Defense Department onboard a C47 aircraft which crashed off the coast of South Vietnam. CIA records, however, list the aircraft as being a DC3 crashing off the coast of MR-3 region of South Vietnam. No sign of survivors or remains were sighted.
On April 11, 1969, a rallier identified a number of photographs as being of some of the men he saw while working at a POW camp near the city of Hue in South Vietnam. Robert Eby's photograph was one of the ones he was absolutely sure of. He had seen him in the camp in Thua Thien Province.
Along with the identifications, the rallier provided detailed maps and drawings of the camp and region to prove that he was telling the truth. He even listed all the guards and workers, their names and certain information about them. He was as complete as he could be.
The documents outlining this rallier's report were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by a private citizen in 1985. He showed the documents to men who had been held prisoner and released. The information was largely verified by those sources.
The U.S. Government said that the rallier was a liar.
Whether Robert G. Eby or Harry Guenther survived the crash of this plane may never be known. Not because the Vietnamese and Lao are cruelly holding our prisoners for ransom, but because no one in this U.S. Government is looking for him.