KILCULLEN, THOMAS MICHAEL
Name: Thomas Michael Kilcullen
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O2
Tactical Fighter Squadron
Date of Birth: 25 November 1943
Home City of Record: ADELPHI MD
Date of Loss: 26 August 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 171100 North 1065200 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C #0692
Other Personnel in Incident: William Fuller, PFOD
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
No further information available at this time.
CAPT THOMAS MICHAEL KILCULLEN
On August 26, 1967, an F-4C Phantom II (tail number 64-0692,
call sign "Whiskey 22") with two crew members took part in a
two-aircraft reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. During
their pass over the target area, the flight leader detected
signals from anti-aircraft radar and saw a small flash, followed
by larger flash, but was unable to identify the sources of the
light. He then discovered that he had lost radio contact with
"Whiskey 22," and was informed by ground control that the
aircraft had also disappeared from their radar tracking.
Returning to the target area, the flight leader observed a large
fire burning on the ground about one mile to the west, and
called for search and rescue forces before departing. Search
efforts were launched but failed to locate the missing Phantom's
crash site or either crew member.
First Lieutenant Thomas Michael Kilcullen, who entered the U.S.
Air Force from Maryland, served with the 558th Tactical Fighter
Squadron and was the pilot of "Whiskey 22" at the time of its
loss. He remains unaccounted for. Following the incident, the
Air Force promoted 1st Lt Kilcullen to the rank of Captain
(Capt). Today, Captain Kilcullen is memorialized on the Courts
of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
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