Rickel, David J., Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115F-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 12th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1964 - 1968
Major

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Home State
Delaware
Delaware
Year of Birth
1942
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wilmington
Last Address
Ft Lauderdale, Florida

Casualty Date
May 16, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
US Air Force Academy Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
61E 018

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 Unit Assignments
Laredo Air Force Base92nd Tactical Fighter Squadron435th Tactical Fighter Squadron12th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1964-1965, Laredo Air Force Base
  1964-1967, 92nd Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1968, 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1968, 12th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Georgia Military CollegeUnited States Air Force AcademyUnited States Air Force Academy
  1959-1960, Georgia Military College
  1960-1964, United States Air Force Academy1
  1961-1964, United States Air Force Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1968-1968, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
AOG Newsletter June, 1968
 
Capt David J. Rickel
 
Capt David J. Rickel, class of 1964, was reported missing in action in North Vietnam, 16 May 1968, while on an armed reconnaissance mission as number 2 in a flight of two F-4Ds. As lead aircraft pulled off the target they ob­served a small explosion and then a larger secondary explosion on the ground in the approximate vicinity where number two had last been observed. An attempt to establish radio contact with the aircraft was unsuccessful. No parachutes and no beepers were heard.

MAJOR DAVID J. RICKEL
and
MAJOR GERALD JOSEPH CROSSON JR.
ON MAY 16, 1968 THESE TWO PILOTS WERE ASSIGNED A MISSION OVER NORTH VIETNAM, IN THEIR F4D 'PHANTOM' FIGHTER / BOMBER.

AT A POINT ABOUT 20 MILES SOUTHWEST OF THE CITY OF QUANG KHE,
QUANG BINH PROVINCE, NORTH VIETNAM, THEIR AIRCRAFT WAS SHOT DOWN.

OTHER AIRCREW IN THE AREA DID NOT SEE ANY PARACHUTES INDICATING THAT THE TWO HAD EJECTED FROM THEIR AIRCRAFT, NOR DID THEY HEAR ANY EMERGENCY RADIO BEEPER SIGNALS. SEARCHES WERE
EVENTUALLY CANCELLED AND THESE TWO FLYERS WERE CLASSIFIED AS BEING MISSING IN ACTION.


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DAVID J. RICKEL WAS A DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY AT COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO IN THE CLASS OF 1964 WHERE HE HAD BEEN NAMED TO THE SUPERINTENDENT'S LIST
FOR ALL EIGHT SEMESTERS FROM 1961 TO 1964.


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