WRIGHT, FREDERICK WILLISTON III Remains Returned September 1990 - ID Announced 12 December 1990 Name: Frederick Williston Wright III Rank/Branch: O4/US Navy Unit: Date of Birth: 11 July 1936 Home City of Record: Haworth NJ Date of Loss: 10 November 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 171258N 1065847E (YD106998) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A7A Refno: 1946 Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 March 1991 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 1998. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: The Vought A7 Corsair II was a single-seat attack jet utilized by both the Navy and Air Force in Vietnam. The aircraft was designed to meet the Navy's need for a subsonic attack plane able to carry a greater load of non-nuclear weapons that the A4 Skyhawk. The aircraft's unique design completely freed the wingspace for bomb loading; the Pratt and Whitney jet engine was beneath the fuselage of the aircraft. According to pilots, forward air controllers (FAC) loved the A7, especially in North Vietnam. Whenever A7s were around, they'd try to get them because of their ability to put the ordnance right where it was supposed to be. The accuracy had little to do with pilot technique; it was the bombing computers onboard the aircraft at the time. The Corsair manufacturer had as many technical reps onboard the ship as there were pilots, and the reps had the airplanes tuned to perfection. A7s had an exceptionally long range of over 700 miles. LtCdr. Frederick W. Wright III was the pilot of an A7A Corsair sent on a combat mission on November 11, 1972. His mission took him over the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and over Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam. During the mission, Wright's aircraft was shot down and he was declared missing. Wright was evidently maintained in missing status for some time, as his rank was upgraded to Commander. By 1973, however, Wright's status was Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. For the next years, Wright's family wondered what happened to him. No new information surfaced regarding his fate. Then in September 1990, they were notified that remains had been released by the Vietnamese that had been tentatively identified as those of Frederick W. Wright III. On December 12, 1990, the positive identification was announced. After 18 years, Wright was finally home.