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LTC William Michael “Bill” Meyer

LTC William Michael “Bill” Meyer

Bellevue, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Apr 1967 (aged 32)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec 69, Site 1508
Memorial ID 100040499 · View Source
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In Loving Memory ... LTC. William Michael Meyer.
*** Lieutenant Colonel Meyer was a member of the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On April 26, 1967, he was the pilot of a Thunderchief Fighter (F-105D) on a mission to destroy a supply bridge at Yen Vien, 5 miles northeast of Hanoi, North Vietnam, when his aircraft was struck by hostile fire and crashed. His remains were recovered on August 14, 1985 and identified on October 24, 1985. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 39
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Nov 22, 1934 Born in Bellevue, PA.
Marital Status: Single - Ex-Wife, Peggy J. Pratz. Son's, Michal M Meyer and Jeffrey A. Meyer, all from Homestead AFB, Florida. Parents: Father, Milo G. Meyer and Mother, Alice M. Meyer, both of Bloomfield Hills, MI.

***** I will never forget the times we had at Ramstein AB, W. Germany, from Oct, 1964, until Oct, 1966. Bill and Peggy Meyer were our bowling buddies every Sunday night. We often rode around in his car that he called "The Maserati", or in our 1963 Chevrolet Station Wagon. Bill was a good bowler, but the other 3 of us were considered novices. I remember one night when I finally outscored Bill in a game. He thought it was so funny, me out-bowling him. Bill was a true fighter pilot, no-holds-barred. He practiced like we were at war, even in peacetime. It was a tremendous shock to both of us when we heard that Bill had been shot down flying a F-105 mission over North Vietnam. I was at Nellis AFB, NV, at the time, nearing the time that I would also be flying the F-105 in Vietnam. Peggy was still at Nellis too, waiting for Bill to complete his tour in Vietnam. When Bill's remains were finally recovered and sent back to the States, it had been too many years to count. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetary, Washington DC, in a section near the Pentagon building. We have visited his grave since then. I understand that his burial was very inspiring with an Honor Guard and a military fly-by. Bill, Barbara wore you POW/MIA bracelet until it broke, but she still has it in a safe place. So long Bill, we won't forget you. We stay in touch with Peggy.
Barbara and Marty Scott
Martin D. Scott, LtCol, USAF, Retired

LTC - O5 - Air Force - Reserve
His tour began on Apr 26, 1967
Casualty was on May 28, 1974
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - PILOT

Body was recovered
Panel 18E - Line 95

Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)

On 26 April 1967, then Captain William M. Meyer was the pilot of an F105D Thunderchief that departed Korat Airbase as the number 4 aircraft in a flight of four. Capt. Meyer's call sign was Baltic 4. They were participating in an afternoon strike mission against the Song Duong railroad highway bridge over the Song Duong River on the northeast edge of Hanoi.

At 1615 hours, just before rolling in on the target, Baltic 3 observed Capt. Meyer in position, but did not see him roll in or off the bridge. Approximately one minute off target, Baltic Lead called for a radio check. Capt. Meyer did not respond to the Lead's radio call. Baltic Lead continued to try to raise William Meyer on channels 13, 14 and Guard for 5 minutes, but received no response from him.

None of the other pilots in Baltic Flight observed William Meyer in trouble at any time.

They did not have communication with him after pulling off target, and no parachute was sighted by any of them in the chaos of the attack. However, in addition to receiving AAA fire, the other flight members reported seeing 2 or 3 smoke trails they believed were from SA-2 missiles.

Because of the location of loss, no formal search and rescue (SAR) operation was possible.

At the time the initial search conducted by Baltic flight was terminated, Capt. Meyer was listed Missing in Action.

There was no further information about William Meyer until the North Vietnamese returned his remains without explanation to US control on 14 August 1985.

The remains were transported to the Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii (CIL-HI) where they were identified on 25 October 1985.

While William Meyer's fate is resolved, and his family and friends have the peace of mind of knowing where he is buried, there is still no answer as to how and when he died.




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100040499
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LTC William Michael “Bill” Meyer (22 Nov 1934–26 Apr 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100040499, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .