Whitteker, Richard Lee, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
Service Years
1961 - 1968

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Easton, PA
Last Address
Da Nang Air Base

Casualty Date
Mar 27, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
46E 051

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
556th Strategic Missile Squadron480th Tactical Fighter Squadron366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
  1965-1965, 556th Strategic Missile Squadron
  1968-1968, 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1968-1968, 366th Tactical Fighter Wing - Gunfighters
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1967-1968, F-4 Phantom
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Richard Lee Whitteker served as a Captain - Grade 03 - Air Force Reserves
He was 29 years old at the time of his death.
Richard (Red) as he was called, was born on Febuary 7, 1939 in Easton, Pennsylvania.
Richard served with the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force.

Captain Whitteker was lost, together with his back-seater, 1Lt James L. Badley, while engaging an enemy convoy of vehicles, over North Vietnam, coordinates 171954 North, 1061214 East, 27 March 1968.

Captain Whitteker was a member of 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On March 27, 1968, he was the pilot of a McDonnell Douglas Phantom II Fighter (F-4D) flying over North Vietnam when his aircraft crashed. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

Richard served his Flag and Country with Distinction and Valor.  Richard flew 105 Combat missions over North Vietnam. For his service to his Flag, Country, and the United States Air Force, Richard earned the following awards:
The Distinguished Flying Cross
Purple Heart - for wounds received in action
The Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal W/ Oak Leaf Cluster
National Defence Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Campaign Ribbon
Good Conduct Medal
The Republic of Vietnam, Military Merit Medal
The Republic of Vietnam, Gallentry Cross with Palm

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