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  • Vietnam War-Era Airman To Be Buried After Almost 40 Years

    FORT WORTH, Texas -- A Fort Worth Navy airman will finally be laid to rest Monday, almost 40 years after his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War.

    The remains of Lt. J.G. Frank Hand III will be buried at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Four F/A-18 Hornets will fly over the ceremony in the missing-man formation.

    Twenty-six-year-old Frank Hand -- along with three other officers and eight sailors -- took off on a routine mission on April 1, 1968, in a P-3 Orion from an air base in Thailand.

    According to news accounts, the airplane was hit by anti-aircraft fire from a Cambodian gunboat. No one survived. All searchers found of Hand was a boot bearing his name.

    But in the summer of 2002, a team of Defense Department MIA hunters in Ho Chi Minh City got a call from their counterparts in the Vietnamese government. Some fishermen had discovered human bones and airplane wreckage in the Gulf of Thailand.

    The Navy made a DNA match to his younger brother, Bruce Hand.
    ARTICLE - NBC5i

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    :flag:
    Welcome home Frank.
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    • #3
      It's good their is some budding cooperation in this area.
      I hope it gives his family some peace.

      A while back there were some remains found in a site around the "Hump"
      in Burma and a guy from my hometown was returned.
      Some of his family survive and were very appreciative.

      RIP, guys.

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      • #4
        What's the missing man formation exactly?

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        • #5
          RIP

          For surely the Wings of HIS Angels cover you now.

          :flag:

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          • #6
            The "Missing Man" formation is a memorial overflight,
            a "V" with a plane missing on one wing.
            Somebody should be able to come up with a pic.

            A very moving thing to see for those who understand it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Trung-si View Post
              The "Missing Man" formation is a memorial overflight,
              a "V" with a plane missing on one wing.
              Somebody should be able to come up with a pic.

              A very moving thing to see for those who understand it.
              Made a quick google search, seems like theres several variants but this one is the most common:

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              • #8
                I cannot but wonder what these aviators would think of the F-18 Hornets flying above them, about like something out of a sci-fi movie as far as they would know. The technology being deployed rountinely on a daily basis now is only something we dreamt of having back then.
                "If you are right, then you are right even if everyone says you are wrong. If you are wrong then you are wrong even if everyone says you are right." William Penn.

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                • #9
                  The german airforce is still flying the F-4 with many upgrades. Goes to show they were great at the time.

                  Welcome home, Airmen Frank.
                  "War is hell, but actual combat is a motherf#cker"
                  - Col. David Hackworth

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