Name: Roy Elbert Haviland
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O2
Unit:   Fighter Squadron 21
Date of Birth: 19 April 1948
Home City of Record: NEW YORK NY
Date of Loss: 30 January 1973
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 172658 North  1075056 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4J #158361
Other Personnel in Incident: JAMES DUENSING, KIA/BNR
Refno: 2008

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



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On January 30, 1973, an F-4J Phantom II (bureau number 158361) with two crew members took part in a two-plane combat air patrol mission over the Gulf of Tonkin. While returning to their aircraft carrier, the USS Ranger (CVA 61), the two aircraft collided in mid-air, causing both to crash into the water. The crew of the other aircraft managed to escape and were rescued from the water; however, the crew of this Phantom could not be recovered, despite a search which lasted throughout the night and into the next day.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Roy Elbert Haviland, who entered the U.S. Navy from New York, served with Fighter Squadron 21 aboard the Ranger and was the second crew member on this Phantom at the time of its loss. He remains unaccounted for. Today, Lieutenant Junior Grade Haviland is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

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