Allan Philip Collamore, Jr.
Remains Identified - 2003
|SYNOPSIS: Lt. Donald E. Thompson was a pilot and Lt. Allan P. Collamore a Radar
Intercept Officer, assigned to Fighter Squadron 213 onboard the aircraft carrier
USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63).
On the night of February 4, 1967, Thompson and Collamore launched in their F4B
Phantom fighter aircraft on an armed reconnaissance mission along the coast of
North Vietnam. They were wingman for a two plane section. The flight leader
crossed the beach and executed a level flare dropping run. Thompson's aircraft
was briefed to fly in a six to seven mile radar trail behind the other aircraft.
Approximately one minute after the flare drop, the flight leader observed a
large explosion behind him. He immediately initiated a turn back and attempted
to contact his wingman with no results. He then arrived at the scene of the
explosion and observed a large fire in the area. He radioed for search and
rescue efforts to be initiated. No electronic or visual signals were identified
from the area. Headlights of trucks were seen along with small arms fire and a
red flare. The search was discontinued due to darkness and enemy ground fire.
Searches the next day yielded no new information.
In September 1974 intelligence information possibly relating to the aircrash
told of the downing of a jet where the two pilots were killed and their bodies
buried near the crash site. This information was not positively confirmed.
Thompson and Collamore were classified Missing in Action, and were carried in
this status for the next eight years. At this time, based on no information that
they were alive, the two were declared admin.