Edina Man Joins Quest to Find Pilot Shot Down in 1965

Updated: 01/31/2013 7:46 AM KSTP.com By: Scott Theisen

It's a mystery that spans nearly five decades. Even so, the quest continues to find a missing Minnesota pilot.

In May 1965 Air Force Capt. David Hrdlicka was shot down while on a mission over Laos. But a friendship that goes back more than 60 years is fueling the search to find out what really happened to him.

David Hrdlicka's F-105 Thunderchief was hit by enemy fire. His wing mates saw him parachute, they circled and saw him land safely.

A photo of Hrdlicka shows him alive as a POW shortly after. But then the trail gets more murky.

His wife Carol has fought for information for decades. She's being helped by his high school classmate Jerry Streeter of Edina.
Streeter says there are documents that show Hrdlicka may have been alive as recently as 1991.  

Hrdlicka left behind a young family - two boys and a girl.      

So, Streeter is fighting for answers.  He and Hrdlicka's wife met with Sen. Al Franken Wednesday.  Streeter also met with Congressman Erik Paulsen's office.

Streeter feels the Laotian government certainly knows what happened to him. But there are so many documents and so many inconsistencies.  

A Laotian general claimed in 1968 he was dead, but a Russian journalist claimed he interviewed Hrdlicka in Laos in 1969.

Streeter feels the CIA has many more documents that are still classified that could be the missing piece.  They've even gone to court and so far nothing.

But Streeter believes the answer is out there.