Name: David Wallace Wickham II
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O3
Unit:  Attack Squadron 113
Date of Birth: 29 June 1934
Home City of Record: WHEELING WV
Date of Loss: 16  December 1965
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 172312 North  1084648 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4C
Other Personnel in Incident:

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:

Chronological Synopsis of Reports - JCRC Biographic/Site Report as of 17 Dec

Name: David Wallace Wickham, II

Subjects: Killed; Crash site

Comments: Document includes photograph of David W. Wickham. PFOD Status
assigned 17 Dec 1965

Reel: 132

Page: 1-4

Type of Document: Miscellaneous

Date of Report: 65 12 17

Date of Information: 65 12 16

Originator: JCRC

Category: Casualty files

Personnel Casualty Report VA-115
Name: David Wallace Wickham, II

Subjects: Aircraft downed; Killed

Comments: Document includes message from USS Kitty Hawk DTG 162326ZDEC66 and
messages from COMFIVE DTG 170834ZDEC66 and dtg 170908ZDEC66 regarding
Casualty Assistance Calls Program.

Reel: 132

Page: 5-11

Type of Document: Message

Date of Report: 65 12 16

Date of Information: 65 12 16

Document Number: 162317ZDEC65

Originator: USS Kitty Hawk

Category: Casualty files

Change of Category from "Dead (BNR)" to "Remains Nonrecoverable"
Name: David Wallace Wickham, II

Subjects: Aircraft downed; Killed

Comments: Over water

Reel: 132

Page: 19-20

Type of Document: Memorandum

Date of Report: 74 06 03

Date of Information: 65 12 17

Originator: JCRC-CDR

Category: Casualty files





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Lieutenant David Wallace Wickham II entered the U.S. Navy from West Virginia and served in Attack Squadron 113, embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63). On December 16, 1965, he was piloting a single-seat A-4C Skyhawk (bureau number 148510) and attempting to make a night landing aboard the Kitty Hawk in bad weather. During the final part of his approach, LT Wickham's aircraft's nose and left wing dropped slightly. The aircraft struck the flight deck and began to skid along its left wing before an explosion occurred. A major portion of the aircraft, including the cockpit with LT Wickham still inside, was lost over the side of the flight deck after the blast in the vicinity of (GC) 49Q BV 500 500. An extensive search for the aircraft and LT Wickham was conducted, but found no evidence of his remains. Further attempts to locate him were unsuccessful. Today, Lieutenant Wickham is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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