|Birth: ||Jan. 8, 1930|
|Death: ||Dec. 14, 1965|
Lester Lee Lackey was living in Lubbock, Texas when he entered the United States Air Force.
On 14 December, 1965, a U.S. Air Force RB-57F Canberra reconnaissance aircraft of the 7407th Support Squadron at Rhein-Main Air Base, West Germany (on Temporary Duty to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey), was lost over the Black Sea, near Odessa, Ukraine in the former Soviet Union. The pilot, Captain Lester L. Lackey and crew member 1st Lieutenant Robert Yates (Find A Grave Memorial #82660652) were both presumed killed in action or captured alive by the Soviets with their ultimate fate being uncertain.
By 1993, investigations indicated that there might not have been any Soviet activity related to this loss. The crew probably perished from an oxygen system failure, since it took over an hour for the aircraft to spiral down from altitude and fall into the Black Sea. After 7 to 8 days spent searching for the aircraft by joint U.S. and Turkish recovery crews following Captain Lackey's disappearance in 1965, only small bits and pieces of aircraft wreckage were ever found.
Portions taken from "Aircraft Downed During the Cold War and Thereafter", by David Lednicer, November 8, 2005
Moody Lackey (1900 - 1969)
Sophia Elizabeth Roark Lackey (1902 - 1991)
Lester Lee Lackey (1930 - 1965)
Betty Jean Lackey Holmes (1934 - 2011)*
Jerry Don Lackey (1938 - 2013)*
Texas, Major, U.S. Air Force
Note: Memorial plaque - the body of the deceased was lost at sea and is not interred at this cemetery
Elmwood Memorial Park
Maintained by: JB2K
Originally Created by: sherry hoffman
Record added: Apr 09, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50874423
BUT FAME IS THEIRS AND FUTURE DAYS; ON PILLAR'D BRASS SHALL TELL THEIR PRAISE; SHALL TELL – WHEN COLD NEGLECT IS DEAD; THESE FOR THEIR COUNTY FOUGHT AND BLED.|
Added: Oct. 15, 2012