United States Navy Aircrew
4 February 1967
ALLAN P JR
LCDR US NAVY
DATE OF BIRTH: 12/22/1938
DATE OF DEATH: 02/04/1967
BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 8135
ALLAN PHILIP COLLAMORE
DONALD EARL THOMPSON
COLLAMORE, ALLAN PHILIP JR.
Remains Returned 02/09/01, identified 05/15/03.
Name: Allan Philip Collamore, Jr.
Rank/Branch: O3/US Navy
Unit: Fighter Squadron 213, USS KITTY HAWK
Date of Birth: 22 December 1938
Home City of Record: Worcester MA
Date of Loss: 04 February 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 200500N 1061500E
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Other Personnel In Incident: Donald E. Thompson (missing)
Lieutenant Donald E. Thompson was a pilot
and Lieuetnant Allan P. Collamore a Radar Intercept Officer, assigned to
Fighter Squadron 213 onboard the aircraft carrier USS KITTY HAWK (CVA-63).
On the night of February 4, 1967, Thompson and Collamore launched in their
F4B Phantom fighter aircraft on an armed reconnaissance mission along the
Thompson's aircraft was briefed to fly in a six to seven mile radar trail behind the other aircraft. Approximately one minute after the flare drop, the flight leader observed a large explosion behind him. He immediately initiated a turn back and attempted to contact his wingman with no results. He then arrived at the scene of the explosion and observed a large fire in the area. He radioed for search and rescue efforts to be initiated. No electronic or visual signals were identified from the area. Headlights of trucks were seen along with small arms fire and a red flare. The search was discontinued due to darkness and enemy ground fire. Searches the next day yielded no new information.
In September 1974 intelligence information
possibly relating to the aircrash told of the downing of a jet where the
two pilots were killed and their bodies buried near the crash site. This
information was not positively confirmed.
More than three decades after his U.S. Navy warplane inexplicably crashed in North Vietnam, Allan P. "Skip'' Collamore Jr. is finally coming home to Worcester.
After his remains were identified via DNA testing just weeks ago, Collamore will be given a full military burial this afternoon at Hope Cemetery before his mother and two brothers. What little was found of Collamore's body will be lowered into the ground next to his father, who died in 1978 - three years after his namesake was pronounced "presumed killed in action'' by the military.
"We're glad that it's come to this, finally, after 36 years,'' said older brother Jerry Collamore, now of Dallas. "I think it's going to be some sort of relief, but I'm sure it will have its tough moments.''
Skip Collamore was a 28-year-old radar intercept officer flying in the rear seat of a fighter plane looking for "targets of opportunity'' over North Vietnam on Feb. 4, 1967 when the plane suddenly vanished. A search crew went looking for Collamore's plane the next day, but encountered heavy enemy fire. For years afterward, the Collamore family could only wonder what happened to Skip - and pray that perhaps he had ejected from the plane.
"I assumed he died in the aircraft right from the beginning,'' said Jerry Collamore, who is a pilot himself. "But my mother had the hope (he had somehow survived), and I couldn't take that away from her.''
In 1975, the military changed Collamore's status from missing in action to presumed killed, but it wasn't until about three years ago officials began to hone in on the crash scene.
Last year, searchers found the remnants of
a flight suit and the dogtags of Collamore and a pilot from Watkins Glen,
N.Y., at the crash scene. DNA testing confirmed Collamore's identity a
few weeks ago. This summer, the co-mingled remains of the two men will
be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Photo Courtesy of Roxsanne Wells-Layton, August 2006