Richard G. Fecteau (born 1927) of Lynn, Massachusetts was captured by the Red Chinese during a CIA-sponsored flight over mainland China during the Korean War. News of the capture of Fecteau and John T. Downey reached the United States in November 1954, sparking a nearly 2 decade battle of wills between the U.S. and the PRC. Fecteau was released in December 1971. He later worked as an assistant athletic director at his alma mater, Boston University, retiring in 1989.
The CIA has posted a background piece on its website describing the mission, the capture, and, ultimately, the release of agents Downey and Fecteau, along with a video documentary on its website.
- "Two CIA Prisoners in China, 1952–73", Apr 05, 2007, CIA
- The incredible story of former CIA agent John T. Downey, the longest held American captive of war.
- "Cold War arrest of US spies offers lesson for Iran diplomacy". Retrieved 2013-12-30.
- "Extraordinary Fidelity", Apr 05, 2007, CIA
- "Extraordinary Fidelity" , Jun 05, 2013, (transcript), CIA