LEE, GLEN HUNG NIN Remains identified 08/23/94 Wire service reports stated "lost over Cambodia May 17, 1970" CILHI reports states "January 17, 1967" Name: Glen Hung Nin Lee Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force Unit: 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Phu Cat AB SV Date of Birth: 06 August 1945 Home City of Record: Honolulu HI Date of Loss: 27 May 1970 Country of Loss: Cambodia Loss Coordinates: 124459N 1072000E (YV479073) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D Refno: 1623 Other Personnel in Incident: see text Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 with the assistance of 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 1998. REMARKS: 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. The F4 was selected for a number of state-of-the-art electronics conversions, which improved radar intercept and computer bombing capabilities enormously. Most pilots considered it one of the "hottest" planes around. 1Lt. Glen Lee was the pilot of a Phantom which was the lead aircraft in a flight of two dispatched from Phu Cat on an operational mission over Cambodia. At a point about 10 miles east of Chbar in Mondol Kiri Province, Lee's aircraft was struck by hostile fire as it made a pass over the target. The right wing appeared to be on fire and was observed to separate from the aircraft prior to the crash. According to the Air Force, evidence of death of the crew members was received in the Department of the Air Force on May 29. Since there is only one F4 crew member listed missing in Cambodia on May 27, 1970, it is assumed that the co-pilot of the aircraft either successfully bailed out and was rescued (not likely since the Air Force refers to the death of the crew "members") or that the co-pilot's remains were recovered in a very timely manner. The Americans missing in Cambodia present a special problem. The U.S. has never recognized the government of Cambodia, nor has it negotiated for the release of any Americans captured there. It has generally been believed that any POWs held in Cambodia after the end of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia perished in the genocide committed by Pol Pot in the mid-1970's. In 1988, the Cambodian government announced that it had the remains of a number of American servicemen it wished to return to the United States. The U.S. did not respond officially, however, because there are no diplomatic ties between Cambodia and the U.S. Several U.S. Congressmen have attempted to intervene and recover the remains on behalf of American family members, but Cambodia wishes an official overture. Meanwhile, the bodies of Americans remain in the hands of our former enemy. Even more tragically, evidence mounts that many Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia, still prisoners from a war many have long forgotten. It is a matter of pride in the armed forces that one's comrades are never left behind. One can imagine 1Lt. Lee being willing to go on one more mission for the freedom of those heroes we left behind.