Name: Harry Guenther
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):
Other Personnel in Incident: Robert Gino Eby, CIV
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.
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
01/2020 - No DPAA bio is avail for Guenther as he was not a U.S. loss. Incident information below.