FREDERICK, PETER JOSEPH
DATE RETURNED: 2004/04/20 REMAINS ID DATE: 2004/10/06
Remains Identified. To be buried 12/2004+
Name: Peter Joseph Frederick Rank/Branch: O5/US Air Force Unit: 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli Date of Birth: 30 August 1924 Home City of Record: Long Island City NY Date of Loss: 15 March 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 192700N 1040500E Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 4 Acft/Vehicle/Ground: F105
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK. uPDATED 12/2004
EGRESS reported: NVN Propaganda film showed a cross, flight helmet and ID card, all with Frederick's name on them.
SYNOPSIS: The F105 Thunderchief (or "Thud") performed yoeman service on many diversified missions in Southeast Asia. F105s flew more combat missions over North Vietnam than any other USAF aircraft and consequently suffered the heaviest losses in action. They dropped bombs by day and occasionally by night from high or low altitude and some later versions (F105D in Wild Weasel guise) attacked SAM sites with their radar tracking air-to-ground missiles. This versatile aircraft was also credited with downing 25 Russian MiGs.
Lt.Col. Peter J. Frederick was an Air Force pilot who went to Vietnam near the time for his retirement from the military. He had a promising job waiting, and anticipated spending time with his wife and baby daughter. He went because of his deep concern for the people of Southeast Asia, and because, "They need me."
On March 15, 1967, Frederick was assigned a combat mission over North Vietnam. Frederick's aircraft was number two in a flight of F105s. The lead aircraft began his roll-in on the target and instructed Frederick to follow at close range. Frederick responded to the transmission, but upon climbing out of the maneuver the lead pilot could not establish any communication with Frederick. No parachute was seen and no beeper was heard. It is not known if he survived the crash of the aircraft. Frederick went down just on the Vietnam side of the Bartholemy Pass.
"In the World," meanwhile, Ellsworth Bunker was named to replace Henry Cabot Lodge as Ambassador to South Vietnam.
"In the World," life goes on, except for the families of those 1500 Americans. For them, time is frozen in uncertainty. There are nearly 2500 Americans missing in Southeast Asia. Evidence continues to mount that some of them are alive, held captive as prisoners of war.Frederick went to Vietnam because "they need me". Now, he needs us..to be his voice, and the voice of all other Americans who were left behind. It's time we brought our men home.
Peter J. Frederick was promoted to the rank of Colonel during the period he was maintained Missing in Action.