MILIKIN, RICHARD M. III
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
Other Personnel in Incident: pilot apparently rescued [see note below]
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 <email@example.com>
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.
MAJ RICHARD MERSHON MILIKIN III
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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