|Birth: ||Jul. 11, 1959|
|Death: ||Aug. 23, 1967, Vietnam|
Name: Francis Barnes Midnight
Rank/Branch: O2/US Air Force
Date of Birth: 11 July 1939
Home City of Record: Gary IN
Date of Loss: 23 August 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 171800N 1063600E (XE712139)
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
When Frank B. Midnight graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1964, he went on to pilot training at Webb Air Force Base in Texas. It was not long before he was assigned to Vietnam as an F4 pilot.
On August 23, 1967, 1LT Midnight was assigned a combat mission over North Vietnam. He and his back-seater (name unknown) were about 5 miles southwest of the city of Dong Hoi in Quang Binh Province when their aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed.
The proscribed ejection procedure in the F4 is for the rear-seater to eject first, followed by the pilot of the aircraft. Thus, it is not uncommon for the two crewmembers to be separated by considerable distances. Apparently,
as no second F4 crewmember is missing in this locality on this date, the rear-seater on Midnight's aircraft was rescued. Midnight was not. He was classified Missing in Action.
Viet Nam War Memorial; Panel 25E Line 034
Body lost or destroyed
Created by: Mike
Record added: May 23, 2011
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See ya on the other side, Fly Boy, oh! and thanks for all your help.|
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