Bruch, Donald William, Jr., 1st Lt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 1055D, 333rd Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1964 - 1966
First Lieutenant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by SMSgt R. Hensel (Bob / Ole Buck) to remember Bruch, Donald William, Jr. (Don), 1st Lt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Apr 29, 1966
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07E 007

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2015, American Battle Monuments Commission

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
7th Air Force333rd Fighter Squadron
  1966-1966, 7th Air Force
  1966-1966, 1055D, 333rd Fighter Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam Defensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Rolling Thunder I
  1965-1966 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1966-1966, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On April 29, 1966, 1Lt. Donald W. Bruch jr. was a pilot  of an F-105D, tail number 62-4304, sent on a combat mission over North Vietnam in operation Rolling Thunder.  As his aircraft was about 12 miles northeast of the city of Hanoi, it was struck by antiaircraft fire while making an attack on the target.  Lt. Bruch was instructed to climb and as he did the aircraft went out of control, entered into a steep dive, and crashed.  No parachute was seen and no beeper was heard.  Donald Bruchs body was never recovered. 

   Public records available from the U.S. Air Force indicate only that 1Lt. Bruch was killed on April 29, 1966 on a combat mission.  The Defence Intellagence Agency further refines the classification of Killed/ Body Not Recovered by adding an enemy knowledge qualifier of category, concluding that the enemy definately knows of his fate.
   In late 2011, the 105th Joint Field Activity excavated an aircraft site near where 1st Lt. Bruch's plane was believed to have crashed. Laboratory analysis in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established 1st. Lt. Bruch's remains were from the crash. Welcome home and Rest In Peace 1st. Lt. Bruch's.


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