Other Personnel In Incident: Robert A. Gomez (missing)
Name: Robert Arthur Gomez
Rank/Branch: O2/US Air ForceUnit:
Date of Birth: 20 March 1944
Home City of Record: Jacksonville FL
Date of Loss: 23 April 1970
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates: 170900N 1060500E (XD122982)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Other Personnel In Incident: Albin E. Lucki (missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 March
from one or more ofthe following:
raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
correspondence with POW/MIA families,
published sources, interviews.
Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998.
On April 23, 1Lt. Robert A. Gomez was the pilot
and Capt. Albin E. Lucki the bombardier/navigator
of an F4D Phantom fighter/bomber
sent on a mission which took them near the Ban Karai pass.
During the mission, the aircraft was shot down
and both men were declared missing in action.
They joined what eventually became nearly 600 Americans lost in Laos.
In 1973, when American prisoners were released,
the families of those men lost in Laos
were shocked to find that not one man had been released from Laos,
although they had been told negotiations had included them.
Many knew their man had survived, some had evidence of captivity.
There has been no negotiated release of prisoners from
Laos since the war ended.
The nearly 600 Americans are still there, and tragically,
reports continue to be received that some are still alive as captives.
Gomez and Lucki could be among them.
It's long past time we brought our men home.
During the period he was maintained missing,
Robert A. Gomez was promoted to the rank of Captain.
Albin E. Lucki graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1965.
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