Name: Theodore James Shorack Jr.
Branch/Rank: United States Air Force/O4
Date of Birth: 06 March 1929
Home City of Record: SALEM OR
Date of Loss: 09 June 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 171458 North  1061959 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1E
Other Personnel in Incident: Robert Bush, KIA/BNR
Refno: 0357

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



No further information available at this time.


Library of Congress files:

Thailand: Supplemental Report to Multiple Aircraft Mishap Report Involving
A-1E 52-133899 and 1-1E 52-133869
Country: Thailand

Name: Theodore J. Shorack

Subjects: Aircraft downed; Killed

Comments: Document includes message from 1ACS PKU RVN DTG 270800ZJUN66.

Reel: 132

Page: 22-30

Type of Document: Message

Date of Report: 66 06 25

Date of Information: 66 06 09

Document Number: 250400ZJUN66

Originator: 1 ACS PKU RVN

Category: Casualty files


North Vietnam, pre-1975: Narrative and Biographic/Site Report
Country: North Vietnam, pre-1975

Name: Theodore J. Shorack

Subjects: Crash site; Dong Hoi Area; Bo Trach District; Quang Binh Province;

Comments: Document includes photo of A-1E Similar to Loss Vehicle, Narrative
Summary dated Mar. 30, 1992, and Biographic/Site Report dated Apr. 24, 1992.
PFOD status assigned to Bush 9 June 1966

Reel: 132

Page: 1-6

Type of Document: Miscellaneous

Date of Report: 92 00 00

Date of Information: 66 06 09

Originator: JCRC

Category: Casualty files




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Major Theodore James Shorack Jr., who joined the U.S. Air Force from Oregon, was TDY to the 602nd Fighter Squadron. On June 9, 1966, he piloted an A-1E Skyraider (tail number 52-133869, call sign "Sandy 31") as part of a four-aircraft search and rescue mission to pick up a downed pilot in the vicinity of (GC) 48Q XE 417 075. The rescue was successful; however, as the flight left the target area, Maj Shorack’s Skyraider collided with another aircraft in the formation. Both aircraft crashed in the vicinity of (GC) 48Q XE 420 095. A parachute was observed, possibly that of Maj Shorack, but when the parachute was examined on the ground it was found that the suspension lines had burned through and there was no sign of Maj Shorack. Further search efforts were prevented by heavy enemy presence in the area, and Major Shorack remains unaccounted for. Today, Major Shorack is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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