Maccio, Donald Joseph, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1521E-Navigator-Bombardier
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 1585A, 393rd Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy - Tigers
Service Years
1962 - 1969
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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1937
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Rochester
Last Address
Andersen AFB, Guam

Casualty Date
Jul 28, 1969
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
W20 057

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 Unit Assignments
4133rd Bombardment Wing (Provisional)393rd Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy  - Tigers
  1968-1969, 1585A, 4133rd Bombardment Wing (Provisional)
  1968-1969, 1585A, 393rd Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy - Tigers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
  1968-1969 Operation Arc Light
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
  1968-1969, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Capt Edward William Wyatt pilot KIA
Capt John Anthony Albasio co-pilot KIA
Capt Donald Joseph Maccio Navigator KIA
Capt Edward Anthony Miskowski RN KIA
1 Lt Gary Paul Leach EWO KIA
TSgt Clinton Eugene Tibbetts Gunner KIA

FEEDBACK The aircraft crashed about the time of rotation for takeoff. It was airborne only briefly. The official explanation of 'wing failure' is an understatement. The right wing of the aircraft came off the fuselage--it separated from the bomber about the time it rotated and began to fly. Following that crash there was a discreet inspection of the entire fleet of D model B-52's for structural issues involving the wing/fuselage issues arising from this crash. From that inspection, which took quite a long time, many months during the continued regular usage of the airplanes in bombing missions, several aircraft were deemed not airworthy and were grounded because of structural issues. This inspection and the subsequent groundings were never publicized to my knowledge. Also, there were six souls on board--the standard crew manning for the aircraft. The website incorrectly lists more than six fatalities in this crash.This information is submitted based upon my personal knowledge.

I was on Guam at the time of the crash and we flew the next scheduled mission following the Wyatt crash. My crew served as the honor guard at the memorial service for the Wyatt crew and they were well known to us. The writer and a couple of others on the crew had the occasion to spend time with Ed Wyatt shortly before his crash.

Maccio, Donald J. Rank Captain Home Address 40 Alberta Street, Rochester, New York Born 1936; Rochester, New York Parents Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Maccio, 40 Alberta Street Spouse Mrs. Zoe Maccio, Pease Air Force Base, Portsmouth, N.H. Attended Aquinas Institute and St. John Fisher College Entered Service 1962; Rochester, New York Trained at Rome, N.Y. Air Force Base Unit Strategic Air Comm.; Air Force Left for Overseas March 1969 to Guam Died July 28, 1969 when a B 52 stratofortress crashed on take off in Guam. No survivors were found

Notes Capt. Maccio began his career in the U.S. Air Force in 1962. Four months ago he went to Guam. He was a navigator on a B-52 Stratofortress. Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Maccio, parents, were notified that he is missing and presumed dead. An extensive search was undertaken in the area and no survivors were found. Capt. Maccio was a 1956 graduate of Aquinas High School and a 1961 graduate of St. John Fisher College. He entered the service after working for a year as a civilian in personnel for the Air Force, Rome, New York. Besides his parents he is survived by widow Zoe and two sons Stephen and Jay and two brothers Michael and Chester of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Notes Sources TU 7/29/69 and D&C 7/29/69 

In the newspaper account, the 2 additional "passengers" were: TSgt. Richard Piskula, was stationed on Guam Lt. Col. Robert H. Barr, attached to Wright Patterson AFB. "Missing Men on Pease B52 Plane Listed", Nashua Telegraph, Nashua New Hampshire, 29 July 1969, page 3
   
Comments/Citation
ARC LIGHT MEMORIAL PLAQUE OF GENERAL MEYER'S REMARKS MADE DURING DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL

I am a monument brought into being by the people of Guam and Andersen Air Force Base. Their wisdom...their foresight...and their support...turned an idea into lasting reality. I am one of more than 200 B-52s which served their masters well for eight long years of Southeast Asia missions and memories. I symbolize the effectiveness of airpower as it was manifested by B-52s throughout the years of Arc Light. (1965-1973) In December 1972, the potent B-52s were unleashed against the enemy's strategic military targets. In eleven days of unprecedented strikes, the 729 B-52 sorties of Linebacker II clearly portrayed American determination to negotiate an end to the conflict.

One year ago today, a group of proud American fighting men began their journey home. Hundreds more former prisoners of war followed in their footsteps. Yes...I symbolize the effectiveness of airpower -- effectiveness demonstrated under constraint...and confirmed with certainty during 11 decisive days. (18 Dec. 1972 - 29 Dec. 1972) I was there. Four times I saw them brave the brutal, battle laden skies. The men I carried were not alone. The majority returned. Tragically...others did not.. .and will not. Most of all...most of all...I commemorate their sacrifice and honor their memory. I perpetuate their legacy of courage and commitment. If you listen closely...very closely...you can almost hear them calling: "Charlie tower...Charlie tower...This is "Old 100". ..on its final mission..."

GENERAL JOHN C. MEYER, CINCSAC, DEDICATION SPEECH, 12 FEBRUARY 1976
   
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