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CAPTAIN JOHN W. CONSOLVO., JR. JACK
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Information provided by Stephen R. Scherr with permission

 

 

CAPTAIN JOHN W. CONSOLVO, JR. JACK

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

BORN: 8 JANUARY 1944

MISSING IN ACTION - 7 MAY 1972

 

On 7 May 1972, Captain Consolvo departed DaNang, Vietnam, piloting an F4-.J on a bombing mission to strike SAM missiles on transporters. As he pulled off target his aircraft was hit and the left engine was on fire. He maneuvered his aircraft towards an area that provided a greater chance of escape and evasion.  His FAG observed that while the aircraft was uncontrollable the mechanics of ejection could still be performed. Captain Consolvo ordered his RIO to get out.  The FAG and Wingman did not see the RIO eject but did see his chute on impact.  The RIO was picked up twenty-four hours later, the combination of interrupted observation of Captain Consolvo's aircraft and the distance the aircraft traveled after the RIO ejected makes the unobserved ejection of Captain Consolvo highly probable. Due to ejecting over hostile territory, Captain Consolvo would be limited in his ability to contact friendly forces if his survival radio was lost or inoperative.

 

Captain Consolvo graduated from Auburn High School, Auburn, Alabama, in 1961.  He graduated from Sullivan's Prep School in Washington, DC in 1962, ranking number one in 1-in his class.

Entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1962. graduated in 1966 and was commissioned a Second

Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.  Basic training, Quantico Virginia.

Reported to Pensacola Florida for flight training, Designated Naval Aviator, July, 1968. Further training, Meridian, Mississippi and Beeville, Texas, First duty stations El Toro, Marine Corps Air Stations California.  Served six Months in Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron 542 :in DaNang, Vietnam from July 1969 to Jan. 1970, flying over 150 combat missions. From Jan. 1970 to July 1970, served as Air Liaison Officer with Division of Air Offices Hdqrs. First Marine Division, Vietnam.

Joined Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 212, Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station, Honolulu, August 1970. The-squadron was deployed to DaNang Vietnam in April 1972,

 

AWARDS-.

Distinguished Flying Cross Bronze Star with Combat ''V'', Air Medal (First thru nineteen Strike/Flight Awards, Air Medal (Bronze Star for first award), Air Medal (Gold Star in lieu of second award) a Navy Commendation Medal. Purple' Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

 

 

 

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Statement of fellow pilots who witnessed the incident of Captain John W.Consolvo

 

 Statement of First Lieutenant Richard D. STEARNS 223 64 35 66/7587 USMCR concerning the missing in action status of Captain J. W. CONSOLVO Jr.'420 56 49 99/7522 USNC 

 

     On 7 May 1972, Captain G. B. MAYER and I were assigned as wing on Bootleg 5 flight led by Captain Jack CONSOLVO and CWC-3 Jim CASTONGUAY. 

We took off from DaNang AB at approximately 1415 local time and proceeded north to-rendezvous with Seafox 01, ad P-4 FAC controlling the area, feetwet off of Quang Tri City. After the rendezvous, the flight-proceeded inland to the target area some 10 miles north of the DMZ. Seafox 01 marked the target with a smoke and stated that it was missiles on trucks. Captain CONSOLVO made his first run and dropped no ordnance, and then Captain MAYER and I made our first run and dropped 6 MK-82 bombs. Captain CONSOLVO made his second run and while he was pulling off target' I observed that he had been hit. He then acknowledged over UHF that he was hit and had a fire warning light on the left engine. We aborted our second run and told Captain CONSOLVO and CWO-3 CASTONGUAY that we were following them out of the target area. We were at about 15,000 feet and kept them in sight both visually and on radar. Seafox O1 pulled up in trail of Captain CONSOLVO and told him to shut down his left engine because he was on fire. Captain CONSOLVO acknowledged that he was shutting his left engine down. Seafox 01 then told Captain CONSOLVO and CWO-3 CASTONGUAY.to get out because he was still on fire. Almost immediately Captain CONSOLVO called over UHF that he was losing control of the aircraft. I saw the aircraft impact the ground but was unable to see any ejections. I was unable to contact Seafox 01 so I switched to guard and talked with King 26. 1 advised them of the situation and gave them the TACAN position off-Ch 69 (Hue-Phu Bai) where I had seen the aircraft impact.  Captain MAYER and I then preceded feetwet where we held for about 10 minutes talking with King 26 to see if any assistance was required in the SAR effort. We then proceeded to DaNang and landed uneventfully. This statement is true to the best of my knowledge.

 

 Statement of First Lieutenant Richard D. STEARNS 223 64 35 66/7587 USMCR concerning the missing in action status of Captain J. W. CONSOLVO Jr.'420 56 49 99/7522 USNC 

 

     On 7 May 1972, Captain G. B. MAYER and I were assigned as wing on Bootleg 5 flight led by Captain Jack CONSOLVO and CWC-3 Jim CASTONGUAY.  We took off from DaNang AB at approximately 1415 local time and proceeded north to rendezvous with Seafox 01, ad P-4 FAC controlling the area, feetwet off of Quang Tri City. After, the rendezvous, the flight proceeded inland to the target area some 10 miles north of the DMZ. Seafox 01 marked the target with a smoke and stated that it was missiles on trucks. Captain CONSOLVO made his first run and dropped no ordnance, and then Captain MAYER and I made our first run and dropped 6 MK-82 bombs. Captain CONSOLVO made his second run and while he was pulling off target I observed that he had been hit. He then acknowledged over UHF that he was hit and had a fire warning light on the left engine. We aborted our second run and told Captain CONSOLVO and CWO-3 CASTONGUAY that we were following them out of the target area. We were at about 15,000 feet and kept them in sight both visually and on radar. Seafox O1 pulled up in trail of Captain CONSOLVO and told him to shut down his left engine because he was on fire. Captain CONSOLVO acknowledged that he was shutting his left engine down. Seafox 01 then told Captain CONSOLVO and CWO-3 CASTONGUAY to get out because he was still on fire. Almost immediately Captain CONSOLVO called over UHF that he was losing control of the aircraft. I saw the aircraft impact the ground but was unable to see any ejections. I was unable to contact Seafox 01 so I switched to guard and talked with King 26. 1 advised them of the situation and gave them the TACAN position off-Ch 69 (Hue-Phu Bai) where I had seen the aircraft impact.  Captain MAYER and I then preceded feetwet where we held for about 10 minutes talking with King 26 to see if any assistance was required in the SAR effort. We then proceeded to DaNang and landed uneventfully. This statement is true to the best of my knowledge.

Myself at the Virginia War Memorial
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Posing for a picture under Capt. Consolvo's name on the wall