Maj David Irvin Wright

Maj David Irvin Wright

Logan, Logan County, West Virginia, USA
Death 13 Nov 1970 (aged 35)
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing
Memorial ID 63167498 · View Source
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In Memory of Maj. David Irvin Wright.
*** Major Wright was a member of 14th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Udorn Air Base, Thailand. On November 13, 1970, he was the pilot of a McDonnell Phantom II Reconnaissance Fighter (RF-4C) on an aerial reconnaissance mission east of Tan Ap in Ha Tinh Province, North Vietnam. As the aircraft made a low pass on a target, it exploded and crashed. His remains were not recovered. 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 those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 35
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Jan 30, 1935 - born in Logan, WV.
Marital Status: Married - Mary Ann Wright of Williamsburg/also lived in Las Vegas,NV and three little girls, Susan Meredith Wright, Sharon Wright Mester of Wilmington, Del. and Michelle A. Wright of Atlanta. Parents: Father, , and Mother, Nora D. Wright of Treasure Island, Florida.

Susan Meredith Wright and Jeffrey Neal Rawls were married April 15 at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Dr. Neil M. Stevenson.
The bride is the daughter of Mary Ann Wright of Williamsburg and the late Maj. David Irvin Wright. She graduated from Tabb High School, James Madison University and the University of Connecticut.
The bridegroom is the son of Ferrell Brown and Robert Edward Rawls of Aulander, N.C. He graduated from Ahoskie High School and East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. He is the operations coordinator for Busch Properties Inc. in James City County.
Michelle A. Wright of Atlanta and Sharon R. Wright of Wilmington, Del., were their sister's maids of honor. Rawls was his son's best man.
A reception was held at Kingsmill Resort and Conference Center in James City County.
The couple took a wedding trip to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and reside in Williamsburg.

**** David Wright was my father. His plane was shot down three days before my 10th birthday. He was on a reconaissance mission, filling in for someone who was sick that day. He was scheduled to return home for Thanksgiving which was only two weeks away.
I miss him every day. He was an exceptional person--smart, fun, a great story-teller, a scratch golfer, an outdoorsman and a great dad. He left behind a wife and three little girls. My memories of my dad are those of a child. I know what he was like from my mother, my grandmother and his friends. If anyone knew my dad, I'd love to hear from you.
Sharon Wright Mester
***** Sharon Mester - Swarthmore Pa
I'm thinking of you today, a lot. I miss you.

His tour began on Nov 13, 1970
Casualty was on Nov 13, 1970
Hostile, died while missing, FIXED WING - PILOT
13th November 1970 - US RF-4C Phantom II 66‑0420 14 TRS, 432 TRW, USAF, Udorn Hit by 37mm AAA near Ha Tinh, about 35 miles south of Vinh. Maj David Irvin Wright KIA 1Lt William Warner Bancroft KIA

Body was not recovered
Panel 06W - Line 58

On November 13, 1970, Maj. David I. Wright, pilot, and 1Lt. William W. Bancroft, Jr., navigator, departed their base at Udorn, Thailand on an aerial reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam.

During the mission, while just east of Tan Ap in Ha Tinh Province, their RF4C Phantom jet was seen to explode and crash while making a low level pass over the objective target.

On November 18th U.S. intelligence received information indicating that Wright and Bancroft were dead, and they were officially listed as Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.



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  • Added: 20 Dec 2010
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