The Southeast Asia (SEA) Search and
Rescue (SAR) database is the only known location where you will be able
to find comprehensive information regarding USAF SAR missions flown in
SEA during the Vietnam War. Most SAR's in the database will tell you the
date, SAR objective, shoot down locations, who flew on the rescue
aircraft, and who was rescued. The database actually contains much more
information. Before you go to the database for the first time, read and
print the search tips to get needed information
about how to use the database.
At this time, the only rescue crewmen
listed in the database are those who flew on a pickup aircraft. The
names of the Sandy pilots, FAC's and King / Crown are not listed because
that data was not available in the RCC Save Logs or the SAR mission
report filed by the pickup aircraft rescue aircraft commander.
Every SAR flown during the war by
USAF air rescue forces that were controlled by the Joint Rescue
Coordination Center (JRCC) is included in the database. For purposes of this
project SEA is defined
as North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and the Gulf
of Tonkin or South China Sea within 20 miles of the coastline of
Vietnam. Until the creation of this database, no agency or individual
had compiled all of the data sources into a single source document.
These documents include:
- 7th Air Force Joint Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) save
- SAR Mission Reports written by Sandy,
Jolly, King and Pedro
- Unit Histories from SAR units and the
- SAR Unit Duty Officer Log Books
- Unit scrap books and newspaper and magazine
Data collection for this project
was begun by retired PJ Robert LaPointe in 1995 and is still ongoing. In 2002, Ron Thurlow volunteered to
assist Bob in adding data to the database. Ron is a retired
USAF F-4 WSO. For the next few
years Bob traveled about the USA collecting primary source documents and
Ron inputted newly collected information into the database. In early 2006, Ron gave
the database back to Bob to publish on line. Months of technical
problems plagued Bob before he managed to get the database to function
on this website. Finally it has been released for public use. If you
have additional information that should be in the database, email Bob at
you find problems with the website database email Bob and he will try
and correct them.
This database is copyrighted to
Robert LaPointe and Ron Thurlow. Please cite this site as the source
material for any data collected. Copying the database and use of it off
of this website is prohibited. Hyperlinking your website to the database
is permitted providing your hyperlink brings users to this page and not
directly to the database search page. A CD-ROM of the complete database for
personal use is available for a nominal cost from
collected go to the maintenance of this website. Complimentary
copies of the database have been provided to the USAF Pararescue Association, The Air
Rescue Association, and the Jolly Green Association.
Click Here to Search the Database
If you wish to view the JRCC save forms,
click the "JRCC Forms" link button. Unit histories and mission
reports will be put on line after the database and JRCC save forms.
I hope to be able to link the mission reports to the records in the
database in the future. But that will be another multiyear project.