(March 27, 1969) Lt. David Dinan III, 25, of Hawthorne Avenue, Nutley, was killed March 17, in Laos, Southeast Asia, after he was forced to bail out of a F105 jet that had been hit by ground fire.
Dinan was a pilot from the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Korat Airbase, Thailand.
During the combat mission, Dinan's aircraft was hit by enemy fire and he ejected. His parachute was shredded when it hit trees, however, and he sustained what were believed to be fatal injuries from falling through the trees and down an embankment. Dinan was declared Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered.
Dinan is among nearly 600 Americans who disappeared in Laos.
He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-105 Thunderchief pilot over North Vietnam on July 14, 1968.
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