WOLFKEIL, WAYNE BENJAMIN

Name: Wayne Benjamin Wolfkeil
Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force
Unit: 6th Special Operations Squadron, Pleiku AB SV
Date of Birth: 07 March 1932
Home City of Record: Wilkes Barre PA
Date of Loss: 09 August 1968
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 144600N 1072700E (YB647347)
Status in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: A1H
Refno: 1245
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 31 April 1990 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W.
NETWORK 2020.

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: The A1 Skyraider ("Spad") had a varied role in Vietnam, such as
flying rescue, close air support and forward air control (FAC) missions. The
Congressional Medal of Honor was won by one of its pilots. They were
versatile men, trained for many sorts of missions. The rugged and dependable
A1, a veteran of the Korean war, flew over 2000 missions in Vietnam.

Major Wayne B. Wolfkeil was a pilot assigned to the 6th Special Operations
Squadron at Pleiku Airbase in South Vietnam. On August 9, 1968, Wolfkeil was
assigned an operational mission over Laos as the number two aircraft in a
flight of two.

About 25 miles west of the city of Dak To, (South Vietnam), in Attopeu
Province, Laos, Wolfkeil's aircraft was seen to make a sharp right turn and
crash, exploding on impact. No parachute was seen, and no emergency radio
beeper signals were heard. Although there is ample reason to believe the
Vietnamese and/or Communist Lao know what happened to Wolfkeil, they have
never admitted having information on him.

Following the signing of the Paris Peace Agreements, 591 American prisoners
were released from North Vietnam. Wayne Wolfkeil was not one of them. In
fact, not one of the nearly 600 who were lost in Laos was released. Many of
them survived their loss incident and some sent emergency signals. Some were
in voice contact and some were even photographed in captivity. Government
officials later expressed their shock that "hundreds" more Americans that
were expected to be released were not.

The U.S. has been unable to secure the release of any more prisoners held in
Vietnam, even though nearly 10,000 reports have been received concerning
Americans still alive in Southeast Asia.


Wayne B. Wolfkeil was promoted to the rank of Colonel during the period he
was maintained missing.  Eleven years after he became missing, the U.S.
declared him dead, based on no specific information that he was alive.

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01/22/2012

Wayne Wolfkeil: A war story with no ending
York Daily Record
(Submitted) Aluminum bracelets, like this one, were sold by a Los ....
You're hoping he's part of the POWs.
They hadn't released their names yet......
 

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02/2020

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COL WAYNE BENJAMIN WOLFKEIL

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Major Wayne Benjamin Wolfkeil, who joined the U.S. Air Force from Pennsylvania, was a member of the 6th Special Operations Squadron, 633rd Special Operations Wing. On August 9, 1968, he piloted an A-1H Skyraider (tail number 52-135326, call sign Spad 36) as part of a four-plane combat mission over western Laos. Witnesses in other aircraft reported that while making his pass over the target, Maj Wolfkeil’s Skyraider made a sharp turn and then crashed, and he was not seen to bail out before it went down. The other aircraft on the mission flew over the crash site but saw no evidence that Maj Wolfkeil survived the incident. Enemy presence in the area prevented ground teams from inspecting the crash site until a few weeks later, but no remains were found. While carried in the status of missing in action (MIA), the Air Force promoted Maj Wolfkeil to the rank of Colonel (Col). Today, Col Wolfkeil is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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