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O3/US Air Force
Unit: 41st Tactical Reconnaissance
Squadron, Takhli AB TH
Date of Birth: 17 October 34
Home City of Record: Baton Rouge
Date of Loss: 20 July 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 215058N 1051657E
Status (in 1973): Released POW
Other Personnel in Incident:
Norman A. McDaniel; Edwin L. Hubbard; William
H.Means Jr.; Glendon W. Perkins
(all released POWs); Craig R. Nobert (missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming
II Project 15 May 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.
REMARKS: 730304 RELSD BY DRV
SYNOPSIS: The Douglas EB66C
Skywarrior was outfitted as an electronic
warfare aircraft which carried
roughly 5 tons of electronic gear in addition
to its flight crew of three
and technical personnel. The EB66C featured a
pressurized capsule installed
in the bomb bay, that accommodated four
technicians whose responsibility
was to operate electronic reconnaissance
On July 20, 1966, an EB66C was
dispatched from the 41st Tactical
Reconnaissance Squadron at Takhli
Airbase in Thailand on an electronic
countermeasure mission over
North Vietnam. The crew and technicians that day
included Capt. Lawrence Barbay,
Capt. Glendon W. Perkins, Capt. Norman A.
McDaniel, Capt. William H. Means
Jr., 1Lt. Edward L. Hubbard, and 1Lt. Craig
R. Nobert. Nobert served as
the electronics warfare officer on the flight.
The flight was normal to the
target area near Tuyen Quang, Quang Bac Thai
Province, North Vietnam. At
this point, the aircraft was orbited east/west.
During this maneuver, the aircraft
was hit by hostile fire. Two parachutes
were seen to eject the aircraft,
after which the aircraft descended and
In the spring of 1973, 591 Americans
were released from prison camps in
Vietnam, including most of the
crew of the Skywarrior lost on July 20, 1966.
They had been held in various
POW camps in and around Hanoi for nearly seven
years. Only Nobert remained
Missing in Action.
For 24 years, the Vietnamese
have denied knowledge of the fate of Craig R.
Nobert, even though the U.S.
believes there is a good possibility he was
captured and died in captivity.
On January 18, 1978, the Department of the
Air Force declared Craig Nobert
dead, based on no specific information he
was still alive.
Disturbing testimony was given
to Congress in 1980 that the Vietnamese
"stockpiled" the remains of
Americans to return at politically advantageous
times. Could Nobert be waiting,
in a casket, for just such a moment?
Even more disturbing are the
nearly 10,000 reports received by the U.S.
relating to Americans missing
in Southeast Asia. Many authorities who have
examined this information (largely
classified), have reluctantly come to the
conclusion that many Americans
are still alive in Southeast Asia. Could
Nobert be among these?
Perhaps the most compelling
questions when remains are returned are, "Is it
really who they say it is?",
and "How -- and when -- did he die?" As long as
reports continue to be received
which indicate Americans are still alive in
Indochina, we can only regard
the return of remains as a politically
expedient way to show "progress"
on accounting for American POW/MIAs. As
long as reports continue to
be received, we must wonder how many are alive.
As long as even one American
remains alive, held against his will, we must
do everything possible to bring
him home -- alive.
During their captivity, Perkins,
Barbay and McDaniel were promoted to the
rank of Major. Hubbard was promoted
to the rank of Captain. Means was
promoted to the rank of Lieutenant
Craig R. Nobert was promoted
to the rank of Major during the period he was
Norman A. McDaniel resided in
Camp Springs, Maryland in early 1990.
William H. Means, Jr. died in
1986 as a result of illness stemming from his
incarceraton in Vietnam.
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright
Captain and Mrs. Frederic A
Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor
P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark
St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Text is reproduced as found
in the original publication (including date and
UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W.
NETWORK, Skidmore, MO
Major - United States Air Force
Shot Down: July 20, 1966
Released: March 4, 1973
I am Major Lawrence "Larry"
Barbay hailing from Baton Rouge Louisiana where
I was born and raised. Upon
graduation from high school I was fortunate
enough to receive an athletic
scholarship to Louisiana Tech University for
football graduating in May 1956.
I entered the Air Force via ROTC and
received my wings from Navigator
Training at Ellington Field Houston Texas
in March 1958. From there I
completed Electronic Warfare School at Keesler
AFB Mississippi and have had
operational assignments in Japan (Yokota
1958-62); Strategic Air
Command at Biggs AFB in El Paso (1962-65); and then
to SEA (Southeast Asia) in February
I am married to a lovely lady,
Agatha who is the mother of our four children
who are David 13; Catherine
11; Dina 9 and Lauren 6. Lauren was born on July
30, 1966 ten days after I was
I was downed on 20 July 1966
while flying in a EB-66C on a large strike
support mission about 40 miles
north of Hanoi. Upon ejection I was captured
and became a POW. I was released
on March 4, 1973. My ordeal in North
Vietnam was a long one
and if there is a message that I would like to
impart to my fellow Americans
as to how I survived it would be this one.
Early in my marriage, Agatha
once told me that "Faith can move mountains." I
have found that it can do more.
My faith in God, my country and its people
and my wife and family has in
my mind brought me to life and freedom once
Lawrence Barbay retired from
the United States Air Force as a Lt. Col. He
and Agatha reside in Texas.
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