Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. The major malfunctions involved engine problems and problems with the terrain following radar (TFR) which reads the terrain ahead and flies over any obstructions.
By 1969, there had been 15 F111's downed by malfunction or enemy fire.
The National League of Families published a list in 1974 that indicated that Robert A. Their story revealed another possibility as to why so many F111's had been lost. The SAM-25 used in North Vietnam was ineffective at the low altitudes flown by the F111, and anti-aircraft cannot sweep the sky fast As reports continue to be received by the U. Government build a strong case for belief that hundreds of these missing Americans are still alive and in captivity, one must wonder if their retention provides yet another David and Goliath story for Vietnamese propaganda.
Brett had survived the downing of his aircraft, and that the loss location was in Laos, not North Vietnam. Air Force officials had suspected mechanical problems, but reallyhad no idea why the planes were lost because they fly singly and out of radio contact. The F111 missions were hazardous and the pilots who flew them brave and skilled.
On September 28, 1972, the F111A flown by Major William C.