Name: Earl Paul McBride
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O4
Unit:  Fighter Squadron 161, Carrier Air Wing 15, 7th Fleet, USS Constellation
Date of Birth: 30 May 1929
Home City of Record: VOLANT PA
Date of Loss: 22 October 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 194991 North  1062002 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B #151009
Other Personnel in Incident:  Turner Jr, LTJG Everett Eugene, RIO, safely ejected and rescued.
Refno: 0503

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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Recently while updating information on Navy Fighter Squadron One Sixty-One (VF-161) I
searched the POW Network for LCDR Earl Paul McBride and noticed there was little
information available to you.

Further research led to the discovery of the Navyís Personnel Casualty Report for LCDR
McBride and wanted to provide this information to you for addition to his Page.

Attached is a pdf copy of the casualty message I obtained from the Library of Congress.

I hope this is of assistance to you and I sincerely Thank You for your efforts in making
information about our Nationís POWs available.

Jeffrey D. Saupp
Navy Veteran
USS Constellation (CVA/CV 64)


Distinguished Flying Cross





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On October 22, 1966, an F-4B Phantom II (bureau number 151009, call sign "Rock River 214") with a crew of two launched from the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA 64) on an air defense suppression mission over North Vietnam. The aircraft was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire shortly after reaching the coastline, and turned back towards the sea. Another aircraft from the flight joined "Rock River 214" as an escort, and saw flames coming from the aircraft's fuselage. The pilot of the escorting aircraft directed the crew of "Rock River 214" to eject immediately, and one crew member did so, but the pilot was still on board when the aircraft exploded in mid-air. The crew member who ejected was rescued but the pilot was never found. 

Lieutenant Commander Earl Paul McBride, who joined the U.S. Navy from Pennsylvania, served with Fighter Squadron 161 aboard the Constellation. He was the pilot of this Phantom at the time of its loss, and his remains were not recovered. Today, Lieutenant Commander McBride is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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