Midnight, Francis Barnes, Capt

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Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 1115F, 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1964 - 1967

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Gary, Indiana
Last Address
Ubon RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Aug 23, 1967
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
US Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
25E 034

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
3560th Pilot Training Wing4453rd Combat Crew Training WingTraining Units25th Tactical Fighter Squadron
8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack497th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Night Owls435th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1964-1965, 0006, 3560th Pilot Training Wing
  1965-1965, 1115R, 4453rd Combat Crew Training Wing
  1965-1966, 1115R, 3635th Combat Crew Training Squadron, 3633rd Training Squadron
  1966-1966, 1115R, 25th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1967, 1115F, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1966-1967, 1115R, 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Night Owls
  1967-1967, 1115F, 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
Saint Joseph's College (Indiana)Indiana UniversityUniversity of Notre DameUnited States Air Force Academy
  1957-1958, Saint Joseph's College (Indiana)
  1958-1959, Indiana University
  1959-1960, University of Notre Dame
  1960-1964, United States Air Force Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1966-1967, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


The following is taken from the POW Network:
"When Frank B. Midnight graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1964, he went on to pilot training at Webb Air Force Base in Texas. It was not long before he was assigned to Vietnam as an F-4 pilot.

"On August 23, 1967, 1LT Midnight was assigned a combat mission over North Vietnam. He and his back-seater (1st Albert Silva) were about 5 miles southwest of the city of Dong Hoi in Quang Binh Province when their aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed.

"The ejection procedure in the F4 requires the rear-seater to eject first, followed by the pilot of the aircraft. Thus, it is not uncommon for the two crewmembers to be separated by considerable distances. Apparently, as no second F-4 crewmember is missing in this locality on this date, the rear-seater in Midnight's aircraft was rescued. Midnight was not. He was classified Missing in Action."

Hobson's Vietnam Air Losses concurs with the above account and identifies the aircraft as F-4D tail number 66-7517 and the "guy in back" as 1stLt A. M. Silva.

Captain Midnight's remains have not been repatriated


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