Brand, Joseph William, Col

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1965-1966, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1943 - 1966
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Takhli RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Aug 17, 1966
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10E 014

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Air Force Reserve Command 354th Fighter Squadron  - Bulldogs355th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1960-1966, Air Force Reserve Command
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  1965-1966, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
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  1961-1973 Vietnam War
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F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
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Last Known Activity
On 17 August 1966, Maj. Joseph W. Brand, pilot, and Maj. Donald M.
Singer, electronic warfare officer (EWO), departed Takhli RTAFBL Thailand,
in the lead aircraft (63-8308) of a flight of four F105 aircraft. The
mission was a search and destroy mission of surface-to-air missiles (SAM)
and antiaircraft artillery (AAA) sites in North Vietnam.
The flight hadjust departed the target area when the flight leader sighted a lucrative
target and directed his and the number two aircraft to expend their
remaining ordnance. During their attack, number three and four performed
MIG cover. Immediately after lead's rockets were launched, number three
observed lead's canopy jettison and both crew members eject simultaneously,
and then the aircraft crashed into the target area. Number three saw one
parachute blossom and the other appeared to be only a streamer.
Number two did not witness either ejection but called for the SAR effort. Number four
observed one fully deployed parachute and one which appeared to be
partially open. Due to his maneuvering, number four lost sight of both
parachutes before they contacted the ground. The parachutes quickly
disappeared after ground contact near the aircraft wreckage (vicinity VJ
655 515). After one turn around the area, number four heard Maj. Brand
state that he was all right. Two way radio communications could not be
established due to noise and chatter on the radio. No other contact was
established with the pilot or EWO except that one emergency radio beeper
continued to transmit for several hours. (Ref 1)

AlE's arrived in the area and made low passes looking for any signs of
flares, smoke, or signals. They transmitted directions for the downed crew
to turn their beepers on and off if they heard the transmission; this was
done by at least one of the crewmen. The area was populated and covered
with rice paddies. All efforts to locate and recover the downed crew were
unsuccessful. (Ref 1)

Hanoi news service reported on 30 August 1966 that a U.S. aircraft
was downed on 17 August in Nghia Lo Province. On 22 December 1969, it was
learned that Mrs. Cora Weiss as a representative to "The Women's Strike for
Peace Organization,," had visited Hanoi and had returned with five letters
which she stated had been returned by the North Vietnamese. One of the
letters returned was addressed to Maj. Singer by his wife. According to
Mrs. Weiss, the North Vietnamese stated the five addresses had died in
their parachutes or in the crash of their aircraft. A news release on 7
January 1971 reported that Win Ton Lay, a DRV spokesman in Paris, stated
that Maj. Singer was known to be dead. (Ref 2)

Although reportedly dead, Maj. Singer was not identified on any list
provided to the U.S. government. The DRV should have more information
regarding these men. Individual case folders were forwarded to the FPJMT
for use in negotiations. (Ref 2)

During the existence of JCRC, the the area precluded any visits to
or ground inspections of the sites involved in this case. Details of this
case together with information indicating enemy knowledge of the case were
turned over to the Four-Party Joint Military Team on 29 August 1973.

Maj. Brand and Maj. Singer are currently carried in the status of


1. RPT (C), 355 CSG (CBPO-PA), w/statements, 18 Aug 66.

2. RPT (U), File Record Summary of Maj. Singer, undated.


1. Joseph W. Brand 0432-0-01

2. Donald M. Singer 0432-0-02
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