Name: John Lawrence O'Brien
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O3
Date of Birth: 19 July 1931
Home City of Record: PITTSBURGH PA
Date of Loss: 10 November 1966
Country of Loss: LAOS
Loss Coordinates: 152257 North  1071200 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1E
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0515

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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Captain John Lawrence O’Brien, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Pennsylvania, was a member of the 1st Air Commando Squadron. On November 10, 1966, he piloted a single-seat A-1E Skyraider (tail number 52-132633, call sign "Hobo 29") that took off from Pleiku, South Vietnam, to participate in an armed reconnaissance mission over Laos. His aircraft crashed while attacking enemy targets in the mission area. No parachute was observed to emerge from "Hobo 29" before it went down. Because witnesses saw no attempt by the pilot to leave the aircraft before or after the crash, a formal search for Capt O’Brien was not initiated. He remains unaccounted for. Subsequent to the incident, and while carried in the status of missing in action (MIA), the U.S. Air Force promoted Captain O'Brien to the rank of Major (Maj). Today, Major O’Brien is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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