Name: Edward Philip Szeyller
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O3
Date of Birth: 24 December 1930
Home City of Record: ALTOONA PA
Date of Loss: 04 April 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 0 0
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B
Other Personnel in Incident: David Martin, KIA/BNR, others?

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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On April 4, 1967, an F-4B Phantom II (bureau number 152984, call sign "Silver Kite 201") with two crew members participated in a combat air patrol over the Gulf of Tonkin with one other aircraft. After takeoff, "Silver Kite 201" radioed the other aircraft on the mission and asked it to visually investigate a possible fire in "Silver Kite 201's" nose. The two aircraft were then observed to pitch up and invert at roughly 500 feet above the water before crashing into the gulf. No ejections were seen, and though the pilot of the Phantom survived the incident and was rescued, the other crew member was lost along with the aircraft. 

Lieutenant Edward Philip Szeyller entered the U.S. Navy from Pennsylvania and served in Fighter Squadron 92 embarked aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN 65). He was the radar intercept officer aboard "Silver Kite 201" and was the crew member who went missing with the aircraft. Attempts to locate him following the incident were unsuccessful. Today, Lieutenant Szeyller is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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