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Herbert and Carver

HERBERT, MICHAEL PATRICK

CARVER, ROBERT CHARLES

Rank/Branch: O3/RAAF [Flying Officer, Lt.]
Unit: 2nd Squadron, Australin Royal Air Force, Phan Rang
Date of Birth: 24 at time of loss
Home City of Record: Australia
Date of Loss: 03 November 1970 (some records show 4 Nov)
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: YC857430
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category:
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: B57, Canberra Bomber # A84-231
Refno: 1671

Rank/Branch: O3/RAAF #0119223
Unit: 2nd Squadron, Australin Royal Air Force, Phan Rang
Date of Birth: 24 at time of loss
Home City of Record: Australia
Date of Loss: 03 November 1970
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: YC857430
Status (in 1973): Missing in Action
Category:
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: B57, Canberra Bomber # A84-231

Refno: 1671

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Robert C. Carver, navigator, and Capt. Michael P. Herbert, pilot, lost on November 3, 1970.

Carver and Herbert were stationed at Phan Rang, South Vietnam. On November 3, 1970, they were sent on a bombing mission over Da Nang. About 8:22 p.m.
Carver radioed "Magpie" base that he had dropped the bomb load from their
B57 Canberra bomber from 7,000 meters altitude.

At 10:15, radio contact was lost with the aircraft, and it failed to return
to base. There is varied opinion as to their fate. One popular theory is that a Viet Cong heat-seeking missile tracked them down and sent the No. 2 Squadron bomber down in dense jungle.

Search teams tried to locate Carver and Herbert, but were unsuccessful. It was never learned for sure if they survived the crash of the aircraft. Both men were classified Missing in Action.

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Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more
of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated
by the P.O.W. NETWORK, with information from Australia's Tony Blake, Vietnam
Veteran 70-71, 7RAR.

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