Frederick crosby


  • Branch: Navy
  • Hometown/City: ORLANDO, FL
  • Date of Birth: 06-15-1933
  • Date of Death: 06-01-1965
  • Conflict: Vietnam
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  • LTC Frederick P. Crosby was the pilot of a Vought RF-8A Crusader on a combat mission in Thanh Hoa Province, North Vietnam on June 1, 1965. As he was about 5 miles northeast of the city of Thanh Hoa, his aircraft was hit by enemy fire, crashed and exploded. It was felt that there was little or no hope that he survived, and Crosby was declared Killed/Body Not Recovered. Located near the city of Thanh Hoa was the famed "Dragon Jaw" bridge which was the object of many vain bombing attempts in 1965 and 1966. Over five decades after he was shot down during a high-risk reconnaissance flight over North Vietnam, the remains of Lieutenant Commander Frederick Peter Crosby have been positively identified using DNA. Crosby was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying his Navy jet at low-altitude in an effort to get bomb-damage assessment of the heavily defended Dong Phong Thuong bridge site in North Vietnam.