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  • Name: Arthur Vincent McLaughlin, Jr.
  • Rank/Branch: E9/US Air Force
  • Unit: 99th Bomb Wing, TDY to 8th Air Force (Guam)
  • Date of Birth: 11 March 1934
  • Home City of Record: Roxbury MA
  • Date of Loss: 20 December 1972
  • Country of Loss: North Vietnam
  • Loss Coordinates: 210500N 1055900E
  • Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
  • Category: 2
  • Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: B52
  • Other Personnel in Incident: William U. Acuri, Terry M. Geloneck,
    Paul L. Granger, Thomas J. Klomann, Roy Madden Jr.,
    Michael R. Martini (all returned POWs);
    Craig A. Paul, Warren R. Spencer (remains returned);
    Randolph A. Perry, Irwin S. Lerner, John F. Stuart (all missing).

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    SYNOPSIS: Arthur V. McLaughlin was aboard a B52 shot down by a Surface to Air
    (SAM) missile over Hanoi on December 20, 1972.   He was attached to the 99th Bomb
    Wing, temporarily assigned to 8th Air Force stationed at Guam.   His B52 was one of
    many involved in the successful "Christmas Bombings" of Hanoi that finally convinced
    the Vietnamese to sit at the peace table.

    There were a total of 12 men missing in close proximity to each other from B52 aircraft
    on December 20.   It is unclear which men were together on any given plane, although it
    seems clear that the four missing were on the same plane as Madden and Martini, as
    Defense Department notes that two men were released from Lerner and Perry's plane.
    The total number listed exceeds a normal B52 crew capacity, which is six.   McClaughlin's
    craft was third in a flight of three B52s over Hanoi that day.   The fate of all three planes
    is uncertain.

    One thing that amazed analysts about the B52 bombers that were shot down over Hanoi
    during this period was the high survival rate of the crewmembers.  Many more were
    returned as POWs than was expected.   The B52s that were shot down were downed in
    extremely hostile territory with little or no chance of rescue.

    Unfortunately, it does not appear that all the prisoners were returned in 1973 at the end
    of the war.   Since 1975, thousands of reports have been received by the U.S. Government
    relating to Americans still alive in captivity.   Experts in the U.S. Government have stated
    they believe they are being held.   The question then, is no longer whether or not they are
    alive, but who are they, and how can we bring them home?

    And is one of them Arthur V. McLaughlin?

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