SEARFUS, WILLIAM HENRY

Name: William Henry Searfus
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O5
Unit:
Date of Birth: 11 February 1929
Home City of Record: LOS ANGELES CA
Date of Loss: 25 November 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 184158 North  1072357 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E #150037
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
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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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CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/18 YRS UNITED STATES NAVY

No further information available at this time.

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02/2020

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CDR WILLIAM HENRY SEARFUS

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Commander William Henry Searfus, who joined the U.S. Navy from California, was a member of Attack Squadron 155, embarked aboard the USS Coral Sea (CVA 43). On November 25, 1967, he was the pilot of a single-seat A-4E Skyhawk (bureau number 150037) that was preparing to launch from the Coral Sea in the Gulf of Tonkin. While CDR Searfus’s Skyhawk was taxiing down the deck, jet blast from another aircraft ahead of it, combined with the high winds and slippery deck, caused the plane to fall into the water in an inverted position. Commander Searfus did not eject from the aircraft before it sank, and he could not be located afterwards. His remains have not been recovered, and he is still unaccounted for. Today, Commander Searfus is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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