Stroven, William Harry, Capt

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Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
Service Years
1964 - 1968

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fremont, Michigan
Last Address
Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Oct 28, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
40W 051

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 Unit Assignments
432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
  1967-1968, 1325F, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1967-1968, 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
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  1964-1968 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
RF-4C  Phantom II  
  1967-1968, RF-4C Phantom II
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Last Known Activity
Once Capt. Stroven and Capt. Stonebraker completed their mission, they contacted "Waterboy," the airborne command and control aircraft, to receive instructions for their new flight path into the existing traffic pattern and current weather advisories. Waterboy passed along those directions which, in turn, were acknowledged by Capt. Stroven. At 0519 hours Waterboy lost both radar and voice contact with Diode. The location of loss placed Diode over jungle covered mountains approximately 13 miles west-southwest of Dong Hoi as he egressed in that direction.


When all attempts to re-establish contact failed, search and rescue (SAR) efforts were initiated. Further, the commander of 7th Air Force instructed all units to conduct an electronic search for the missing aircraft and crew. When no trace of the William Stroven and Kenneth Stonebraker could be found, both men were listed Missing in Action.

Other Personnel In Incident: Kenneth A. Stonebraker (missing)


SYNOPSIS: Capt. William Stroven was the pilot and Capt. Kenneth Stonebraker
the navigator aboard an RF4C Phantom jet assigned a photo-reconnaissance
mission over North Vietnam on October 28, 1968. The aircraft departed its
base at Udorn Airfield, Thailand for its target, which included an
ammunition supply dump near Hanoi.

As the aircraft was over Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam, it was lost
from radar. No trace was ever found of the aircraft of its crew. The last
known location was over 200 miles from the intended target, and about 15
miles west of the city of Dong Hoi.

Stroven and Stonebraker were declared Missing in Action, and public record
reveals very little more about their fates. The U.S. Government determined
that there is a good chance that the Vietnamese know the fate of Stroven,
but are uncertain whether Stonebraker's fate is known.

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