Remains Returned September 1990 - ID Announced 12 December 1990

Name: Frederick Williston Wright III
Rank/Branch: O4/US Navy
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.


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.