Name: Richard M. Milikin III
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O2
Unit: 16th Tactical Recon Squadron, 460 Tactical Recon Wing, 7th Air Force
Date of Birth: 28 January 1941
Home City of Record: MIAMI FL
Date of Loss: 20 August 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 174800 North  1061800 East
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RF4C
Other Personnel in Incident: pilot apparently rescued [see note below]
Refno: 0435

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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From - Tue Nov 16 14:35:02 1999
From: ken molly <>

For your info,  I believe that the other crew member involved in
Milikin's incident was  Edwin Tiffany Hawks, aka "Tiff" Hawks. As I
understand it, the aircraft (an RF4C), took a direct hit from ground
fire during a nite photo (Dropping flares) run. The explosion from the
ground fire may have incapacitated Milikin, who was in the rear seat.
Hawks ejected and evaded the enemy until he was picked up by a rescue
helicopter that or the next day.




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On August 20, 1966, an RF-4C Phantom II (tail number 64-1054, call sign "Torpedo") departed Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam, on a high-altitude photographic reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. The mission was to cover grid coordinates 48Q XE 360 655 to 48Q XE 288 684 while dropping eight flash cartridges. When the Phantom was over grid coordinates 48Q XE 342 665, the aircraft commander heard a loud hollow thump from the right aft section of the aircraft, and almost immediately the aircraft went out of control and caught fire. The aircraft commander ejected and reached the ground safely. He was rescued six hours later. Searchers received rescue beeper signals, but were unable to locate the pilot, and enemy presence in the area prevented continued searches.

First Lieutenant Richard Mershon Milikin III, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Florida, served with the 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron. He was the pilot of the Phantom when it crashed, and his remains were not recovered. After the incident, the Air Force promoted 1st Lt Milikin to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major Milikin is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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