ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 136897
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Narrative:Crashed and destroyed during Libyan Raid 14/15 April 1986. This F-111F was piloted by Major Fernando Ribas Dominici (Pilot) and Capt. Paul Lorence (WSO). Pilots who flew on the mission (EL DORADO CANYON) reported seeing a fireball fall into the sea during the raid, and in the light of a lack of any other evidence, the USAF concluded that the plane was lost to a SAM-5 missile or AAA.
General Dynamics F-111F
|Owner/operator:||495th TFS, 48th TFW, USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| E2-28|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Mediterranea Sea off Libyan coast -
|Departure airport:||RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk (LKZ/EGUL)|
On 8 September 1986, U.S. Navy Secretary John Lehman presented the Navy's Meritorious Unit Commendation to the Liberty Wing for its participation in the operation. Today, the Liberty Wing remains the only Air Force unit to have received this prestigious award. Likewise, Gen Charles Donnelly, Commander in Chief, United States Air Forces in Europe, visited RAF Lakenheath on 17 February 1987 and presented decorations to those that participated in the operation. The ceremony ended with a posthumous presentation to Captain Lorence's widow Diane followed by a missing man flyover.
After years of denying that they had the bodies of the two crew members, the Libyan authorities returned the remains of Fernando in 1989 on request from H.H. Pope John Paul II.Fernando's remains were identified by dental records. Paul Lorence has never been returned, and is still officially listed as MIA (presumed KIA). The Libyan Authorities deny they they ever found - or recovered - Paul Lorence's body, and therefore state that they have nothing to return to the US Government
Call sign for the mission was KARMA 52. In respect for the crew, the last F-111F flown to AMARC was issued with the same call sign.
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||Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Other fatalities]|
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]|
||Dr. John Smith
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