"Search and rescue efforts were initiated shortly after the loss of the aircraft on 15 April 1969 and continued until 20 April 1969. The effort, consisting of air and surface units, resulted in the recovery of the remains of two of the persons aboard the aircraft, LTJG Joseph R. Ribar and AT1 Richard C. Sweeny USN. Both remains were clothed in normal flight gear. The remaining 29 members of the EC-121 crew were carried ·in a missing status. On 21 Aprii 1969 a Board of Investigation was convened to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the loss of the EC-121 aircraft and the personnel onboard,
the conduct of the search and rescue efforts and to perform the duties of an inquest. The Board of Investigation's findings were as follows:
a. That the EC-121 was shot down in flight over neutral waters off the coast of North Korea.
b. The nature of the debris,recovered pointed to either inflight or water impact disintegration of the aircraft.·
c. That, as the two bodies recovered were not equipped with life jackets or exposure suits, the Board implied that the crew did not have sufficient time to don survival equipment.
Based on the findings of the Board of Investigation and pursuant to the provisions of the Missing Persons Act of Title 37 USCA, the status of the remaining 29 crewmembers of the EC-121 was changed from missing to dead by the Secretary of the Navy on 30 April 1969. DIA has not received any information that any crewmembers survived the crash and were subsequently captured."
(Defense Intelligence Agency response to April 1981 letter from Congressman concerning questions of Ms. Eileen L. Taylor, chairwoman of the Flying Pueblo Comrnittee.* KorCon note: In the past we requested a copy of the Navy investigation of the EC-121 shoot down under the Freedom of Information Act. The Navy told us it could not find it.) *If anyone is in touch with Ms. Eileen Taylor and/or other members of the Flying Pueblo Committee, please ask her/them to contact us at producer (at) koreanconfidential.com