30 November 1957 – Capt Benny Lacombe is killed when he unsuccessfully attempts to bail out of Lockheed U-2A, 56-6704, Article 371, 13 miles SE of Laughlin AFB. Ejection seats had not yet been fitted to U-2s at this point. The history of the U-2 program is fraught with fatalities and crashes. “CIA pilots Wilburn S.
David H. Duart
David Duart was selected for the USAF Aviation Cadet Pilot Training Program on April 23, 1954, and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and awarded his pilot wings on August 1, 1955. He was selected for F-100 Training at Luke and Nellis AFB and assigned as a combat-ready F-100 pilot with the 307th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Turner AFB, GA. He was next assigned overseas in the F-100 with 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron/18th Tactical Fighter Wing, Kadena AB, Japan from 1961-64. Back in the states, he was as an F-100 Instructor Pilot at Nellis AFB with the 4524th Combat Crew Training Squadron.
Capt Duart then served as an F-105 pilot with the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Korat Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, from January 1967 until he was forced to eject over North Vietnam and was taken as a Prisoner of War on February 18, 1967.
After spending 2,207 days in captivity, Col Duart was released during Operation Homecoming on March 4, 1973. He was briefly hospitalized to recover from his injuries at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, and then served as an A-7 Corsair II pilot and as Chief of the Weapons and Tactics Division with the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, from August 1973 to July 1975. Col Duart attended U.S. Army War College from July 1975 to June 1976, followed by service as Assistant Deputy Commander for Maintenance with the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hill AFB, Utah, from June 1976 until his retirement from the Air Force on May 1, 1980.
Dave Duart died on September 10, 2003, and was buried at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.