Name: Ackley, James Howard
Rank/Branch: Civilian/Air America
Date of Birth: 04 January 1920
Date of Loss: 07 March 1973
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 195145N 1010900E (QB230980)
Status 1973: Missing In Action
March 7, 1973, a C123K flown by Clarence Driver on which James Ackley was a crewmember was sent on a mission over Laos.
The aircraft crashed in Louangphrabang Province, Laos, about 25 miles north of the Laos/Thailand border near the city of Pak Beng.
Ackley and Driver were classified Missing In Action.
In 1984, reports were received that Driver was alive,
in good health, and being held in a group of 8 American prisoners. It was stated that four of the original 12 prisoners had died of dysentary, and two who were still
resisting had rings in their noses and were treated like animals.
An unauthorized rescue was planned to attempt to free him however the attempt was unsuccessful.
The the Pathet Lao publicly state that they held "tens of tens" of Americans, yet none are returned that
had been held in Laos. The U.S. has yet to negotiate their release.
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