HUBERTH, ERIC JAMES
Name: Eric James Huberth Rank/Branch: 02/U.S. Air Force Unit: Date of Birth: 20 January 1945 City of Record: Thousand Oaks CA Date of Loss: 13 May 1970 Country of Loss: Cambodia Loss Coordinates: 142400N 1071900E (YA646995) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D Other Personnel In Incident: Alan R. Trent (missing) Refno: 1619
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2002.
SYNOPSIS: The Phantom, used by Air Force, Marine and Navy air wings, served a multitude of functions including fighter-bomber and interceptor, photo and electronic surveillance. The two man aircraft was extremely fast (Mach 2), and had a long range (900 - 2300 miles, depending on stores and mission type). The F4 was also extremely maneuverable and handled well at low and high altitudes. Most pilots considered it one of the "hottest" planes around.
On May 13, 1970 Al Trent and Eric J. Hubert were flying a mission on an F4D when their aircraft was shot down near the tri-border region of Laos, Cambodia and South Vietnam. They went down in Rotanokiri Province, Cambodia. They were both classified Missing In Action.
Huberth's family reported in 1973 that the U.S. Government had given them conflicting information concerning the indident. First, they gave the family the wrong location for the crash, then later said that enemy activity had made it impossible to reach the crash site to investigate. Still later, the Government said that a thorough crash-site investigation had been made. Huberth's and Trent's families were left with many questions.
Eric's family made many inquiries, contacting anyone they could think of. In October 1970, while his sister Nancy was working "galley" on a short commercial airline flight, a passenger pulled out a notebook and read to her the names of the people she had recently called, and the places she had been. He showed her F.B.I. credentials. "Little girl," he said, "you're getting in way over your head." Nancy wasn't impressed. She kept asking questions.
When the war ended and 591 American prisoners were released, Al and Eric were not among them. Since that time, over 10,000 reports have been received concerning Americans still held in captivity. Eric Huberth and Al Trent could be among them. Isnt' it time we brought these men home?
Eric Huberth was promoted to the rank of Captain during the period he was maintained missing. Alan R. Trent graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1964.
Nancy Lee Huberth, sister of Capt. Eric Huberth, passed away June 27, 2002 after battling ovarian cancer for three years. Nancy'y never ending quest for knowing his fate took her to SE Asia on many occasions. She is survived by her mother and husband. According to her obituary, she was preceeded in passisng by her father and infant daughter.