McClean, John Howard, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1963-1963, 34th Tactical Group
Service Years
1946 - 1963

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Brooklyn, NY
Last Address
Mary Ester, Florida

Casualty Date
Aug 16, 1963
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Charles Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 026

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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments
US Marine Corps (USMC)1st Air Commando Squadron34th Tactical Group
  1946-1949, US Marine Corps (USMC)
  1963-1963, 1st Air Commando Squadron
  1963-1963, 34th Tactical Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1963-1963 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1949-1953, United States Naval Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-26 (B-26) Invader  
  1962-1963, A-26 (B-26) Invader
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Prior to attending the Naval Academy, Captain McClean had served 3 years with the Marine Corps, (entering the Corps in October 1946 with Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, with temporary detached duty in Spring 1949 in Naval Academic Preparatory School at Bainbridge, Maryland. Rank of Marine Corps corporal. He'd served as an instructor at the Marine Corps Insitute detachment, Marine Corps Barracks, Washington, D.C..  MOS: 521)

In Vietnam, he served as an A-26 pilot with the 1st Air Commando Squadron.

According to limited information, the aircraft flown by Captain John McClean had arrived from China the previous day where, supposedly, it had been rebuilt by China Air Transport.

During a bombing mission, the wing broken off and the aircraft crashed near Ba Tho, Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam, killing the three men on board. Location was listed as approximately 23 miles southwest of Quang Ngai.

Captain McClean
1st Lt. Bedal
unknown Vietnamese officer.

Their bodies and the aircraft spar were recovered at Ba Tho, Quang Ngai Province.

He left a wife and 3 sons.

There were several instances of this wing loss problem occurring with this aircraft in RVN. Comments/Citation
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