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US F-16C lost in the Adriatic Sea - pilot killed

January 27, 1995 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The United States Air Force lost a beloved member of the 510th Fighter Squadron family Jan. 26. Capt. Mark P. "Mac" McCarthy died while participating in aerial combat maneuvers over the Adriatic Sea.

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McCarthy, 31, was performing a training mission over the Adriatic Sea when his F16C crashed at 8:40 a.m. Jan. 26 approximately 60 miles east of the Italian city of Comacchio.

An international rescue effort to recover the pilot and search the crash site continue. Base officials changed McCarthy's duty status from whereabouts unknown to deceased Saturday.

A board of qualified officers has convened and continues its investigation into the accident.

McCarthy is survived by his father and mother, retired Air Force Gen. James P. and Alice M. McCarthy, from Monument, Colo.; and his wife, Patti, and three children, Bryan, David and Christina.

The 1985 U.S. Air Force Academy graduate served as the 510th FS's assistant operations officer.

Distinguished Graduate at the Pilot Instructor Course, AT-38 Fighter Lead-In Training, F-16 Training School, and Squadron Officer School, and Squadron "Top Gun" numerous times. In addition, he was twice named Air Training Command "Professional Performer."

The nine-year Air Force veteran's decorations include the Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Air Force Achievement Medal.