Name: Robert Reddington Vaughan
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O4
Unit:  Heavy Photographic Squadron 61
Date of Birth: 26 October 1931
Home City of Record: LOS ANGELES CA
Date of Loss: 14 October 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: RA3B
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0861

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, LOC. 2020


The RA3B piloted by Lt Cmd Robert Vaughan was thought to have been lost in
the Gulf of Tonkin, Thanh Hoa Province, Hon Me Island. He was said to have
died in the crash, his remains "unrecoverable" according to government


No further information available at this time.




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On October 14, 1967, an RA-3B Skywarrior (bureau number 144844, call sign "Quiz Show") with three crew members were on a reconnaissance mission off the coast of North Vietnam, when the aircraft was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire. The aircraft caught fire, and the pilot turned the aircraft toward the sea and climbed up to 5,000 feet, where he ordered his crew to bail out. Both crew members bailed out successfully and then witnessed the Skywarrior explode, likely before the pilot was able to exit the aircraft. The two crew members were recovered by helicopters while under heavy fire from enemy shore batteries, but the pilot's body was not recovered.

Lieutenant Commander Robert Reddington Vaughan, who joined the U.S. Navy from California, served with Heavy Photographic Squadron 61. He was the pilot of the Skywarrior when it was lost on October 14, 1967, and his remains were not recovered. Today, Lieutenant Commander Vaughan is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Based on all information available, DPAA assessed the individual's case to be in the analytical category of Non-recoverable.

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