Name: David Anthony Lum
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O2
Unit:  497th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Date of Birth: 24 November 1940
Home City of Record: HONOLULU HI
Date of Loss: 20 December 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 162000 North  1131543 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4C #0698
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0552

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. Updated 2020



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Jeanette Chun, left, and her parents, David and Mary Lum, proudly hold a
picture of brother and son 1st Lt. David Lum in front of his F4-C Phantom
jet. David was shot down over the South China Sea on Dec. 20, 1966, and was
reported missing in action on his 83rd mission at the age of 26.


The search for closure
Families of servicemen listed as
missing in action hear about
efforts to bring them home

By Gregg K. Kakesako

Jeanette Chun shivers every time she thinks about that December afternoon 38
years ago when she saw two Air Force officers standing outside the screen
door of her McCully home......


Francis Hapenney looked over letters from Cpl. Sidney K. Kaui after a
briefing by the Department of Defense Prisoner of War/POW Missing Personnel
Office at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Kaui's sister Elsie A. Pahia, center,
and her daughter Patsy Hapenney (Francis' wife) are at left.


....Even her son, David, who was named after her missing brother, also chose to
serve in the Gulf War as a Kiowa helicopter scout. "I didn't want him to
join the military," Chun said, "but that is something he always wanted to





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On December 20, 1966, an F-4C Phantom II (tail number 64-0698) with two crew members took off from Clark Air Force Base, Philippines, en route to Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. While in straight and level flight at cruising altitude, the aircraft lost control, began to spin and roll, descended, and crashed into the South China Sea in the vicinity of (GC) 49Q GU 671 075. A witness reported that the aicraft exploded upon impact with the water. The pilot systems officer was able to eject before impact and was rescued, but the pilot did not eject.

First Lieutenant David Anthony Lum, who entered the U.S. Air Force from Hawaii, served with the 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron and was the pilot of this Phantom at the time of its loss. Search efforts following the crash were unable to locate him or his remains, and he is still unaccounted for. Today, First Lieutenant Lum is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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