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Fixed Wing Vietnam Losses

 

Date

Name(s)

Location

Insignia

Notes

12 AUG 72

SP5 Daniel M. Richards [OB]

Quang Nam Province

131 AVN
OV-1D
#69-17025
A/C was departing on an RP-1 SLAR mission when it lost an engine, rolled, crashed and exploded just off the side of the runway at Marble Mountain.

05 JUN 72

LTC Ronnie A. Mendoza
LTC Andrew F. Underwood
MAJ Calvin T. Gore
MAJ Nicholas Quinones-Borras
CPT Charles L. Flott
CPT James F. Hollis
CPT Walter S. Mullen
SFC Andee Chapman
SSG Thomas M. Lejeune
SGT Kenneth L. Barnett
SGT Michael L. Hutson
3 CAL crew killed
3 CAL mechanics
14 SVN killed
1 SV CIV killed

Pleiku Province

MACV
C-46A EM-2
A/C crashed on approach to Pleiku.

21 FEB 72

1LT Bernard L. Johnson II [P]
SP4 Scott B. Westphal [OB]

An Xugen Province

73 AVN
OV-1A
#63-13125
No details.

14 DEC 71

CW2 Otha L. Perry [P]
CPT Cecil C. Perkins Jr [CP]
SP4 Dwight A. Bremmer
SSG Floyd D. Caldwell
CPT Gregg N. Hollinger

Vietnam

165 AVN GRP
U-21A
#67-18041
C/S: LONG TRIP 041
During the flight, about 15 miles NE of Da Nang, the A/C experienced an inflight emergency. The pilot reported that he had lost his #2 engine, and had a fire. Within minutes after the emergency, both radio and radar contact was lost. The A/C was never seen or heard from again.

26 NOV 71

CPT James H. Spann [P]
SP4 Lawrence C. Smith [OB]

Thua Thien Province

131 AVN
OV-1B
#59-2634
A/C lost engine during takeoff and crashed in a rice paddy at Phu Bai. OB ejected too close to ground and ejection seat did not fully deploy.

19 OCT 71

1LT Marshall W. Williams [P]
CPT Alan R. Boone [C]

Ninh Thuan Province

 

35 ENG
U-6A
[Need Tail#]
A/C went IMC and crashed into mountain SW of Phang Rang (BN740620).

10 AUG 71

CPT Paul J. Bates Jr [P]
SP5 Thomas A. Dolan [OB]

Quang Tri Province

220 AVN
O-1G
#51-2267
A/C was conducting a visual recon mission over rugged jungle covered mountains approx 12 mi west of the village of Thon Khe Xeng when it impacted trees on a steep slope while attempting to point out a target to an accompanying A/C.

05 AUG 71

CPT David E. Cinkosky [P]
1 rescued

Cambodia

219 AVN
O-1E
[Need Tail#]
A/C was flying a visual recon over Cambodia and came under intense enemy fire and crashed.

06 JUL 71

LT Daniel W. Thomas [P] (USAF)
CPT Donald G. Carr [OB]

Laos

 

TF1
OV-10A
#67-14634
A/C was on a visual recon mission over central Laos when it was lost. The plane was detailed out of the 23rd TASS.

06 JUN 71

CW2 Carl W. Borchers [P]
CW2 Martin E. Loving [C]

Bien Hoa Province

73 AVN
YO-3A
#69-18004
C/S: NIGHTRIDER II
Pilot advised that he was low on fuel and was breaking station to RTB. Also advised he was heading SW through their field of fire at nominally 1500 AGL. Arty advised they would check fire during acft transit through their area and requested notification when clear. NIGHTRIDER II “Rogered” request, but no further communication could be established. A/C was later found at at YT 1612 on 071 Degrees Magnetic heading. Impact estimated at 65-75 Knots at 039 degrees angle from horizontal.

31 MAY 71

CW2 Jack W. Brunson [P]
CPT Clinton A. Musil [OB]

Laos

131 AVN
OV-1A
#59-2615
Impacted the side of a mountain, exploding on impact, with the weckage engulfed and totally destroyed by fire.

10 MAR 71

CW2 Roger M. Pisacreta [P]

Binh Dinh Province

219 AVN
O-1
#51-12296
A/C shot down and wasn't recovered until months later.

04 MAR 71

CPT Michael W. Marker [P]
WO1 Harold L. Algaard [CP]
SP5 Rodney D. Osborne [TO]
SP5 Richard J. Hentz [C]
SP6 John T. Strawn [C]

Vietnam

138 AVN
JU-21A
#67-18065
C/S: VANGUARD 216
A/C was on an early morning combat support mission in the vicinity of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Two hours into the mission, at 0840 hours, radio and radar communication was lost.

04 MAR 71

CPT James J. Shereck [P]
OB WIA

Thua Thien Province

131 AVN
OV-1B
#64-14240
A/C was out on a night SLAR/IR mission in Laos when it was hit by flak and .51 ground fire. Pilot shut down the left engine due to oil leak, jettisoned the external tanks and was RTB to Phu Bai. While approaching Phu Bai, right engine was shut down due to overspeed and crew ejected A/C. Pilot's ejection seat malfunctioned and he fell to earth still strapped to the seat. OB initially impacted the roof of the Phu Bai airport control tower and onto the concrete ramp partially hanging by parachute cords that tangled in the tower's antennas.

03 JAN 71

MAJ Ferris A. Rhodes Jr [P]
CW3 Luis G. Holguin [PP]
CW3 Thomas R. Okerlund [PP]
CW3 Dennis W. O'Melia [PP]
CPT Michael D. Parsons [PP]
SP6 Patrick J. Magee [CX]
SP6 Carl A. Palen [CX]

Vietnam

61 AVN
U-6A
#57-16384
Left Qui Nhon in fixed wing to pick up 4 new UH-1 at Ban Me Thuot. About 14 miles SE of Phu Cat, at 1120 hours, radio and radar contact was lost with the plane.

23 DEC 70

WO1 Michael W. McAndrews [AC]
WO1 Bain W. Wiseman [CP]
SP4 Gary P. Booth [CE]

Phu Yen Province

18 AVN
U-1A
#55-3298
C/S: RELIABLE 298
A/C was on a courier mission over South Vietnam. Ground observers reported seeing an aircraft, later determined to be Reliable 298, break up in mid-air about 10 mi south of Tuy Hoa AB. Info indicates the A/C may have been on fire at time it broke up. Observers reported the aircraft broke into two parts, and that these parts crashed in the vicinity.

24 NOV 70

CW2 Warren H. Mobley
CW2 Robert D. Perry [P]
SP6 Norman F. Evans [C]
TSGT Paul G. Kelley (USAF)
10 others KIA

Phong Dinh Province

156 AVN
RU-6A
#53-03724
Mid-air with an ARVN UH-1H helicopter.

02 NOV 70

CW2 George H. Rogalla [P]
SP4 John C. King [OB]

Quang Nam Province

131 AVN
OV-1C
#67-18897
A/C was on an IR mission and struck a ridgeline while coming out of a run at the end of a valley.

16 OCT 70

CPT Robert T. Wilson [P]

Bien Hoa Province

73 AVN
OV-1
Killed by propeller strike.

15 SEP 70

CPT Wayne A. McConkey [P]
1LT Albert F. Ammann [OB]

Quang Ngai Province

21 AVN
O-1
[Need Tail#]
A/C was shot down as a result of hostile fire to the east of Tra Bong.

30 JUL 70

WO1 Lee R. Peters [P]
1LT Forrest H. Hollifield [OB]

Quang Tri Province

220 AVN (RECON)
O-1
[Need Tail#]
A/C was on a recon mission when it crashed unexpectedly on takeoff at Dong Ha.

27 JUN 70

WO1 Lance M. Lofman [CP]
SP4 Gary M. Pridgen [OB]
2 PAX KIA
P WIA

Kontum Province

18 AVN
U-1A
#55-3250
A/C was flying in support of B Co, 5th SFG out of Pleiku, when it crashed on an aborted landing attempt at Dak Pek SF Camp. A/C crashed and burned on the north end of the strip.

13 JUN 70

CW2 Charles V. Wood [P]

Pleiku Province

219 AVN
O-1
[Need Tail#]
No details.

09 JUN 70

1LT John L. Ryder [P] (USAF)
CPT Barry W. Hilbrich [OB]

Kontum Province

 

USAF
O-1F
[Need Tail#]
A/C was on a visual recon mission south of Ben Het with an ultimate destination of Camp Dak Saeng. The A/C was located just north of Pleiku and was in radio contact with the TAC. Their next scheduled radio contact was at 1327 hours, but no further communication was established.

07 JUN 70

CPT Michael C. Hope [P]

Long Khanh Province

74 AVN
O-1
[Need Tail#]
A/C shot down.

03 APR 70

CPT Willie J. Ridgeway [P]
SFC Donald G. Armstrong [OB]

Cambodia

219 AVN
O-1
[Need Tail#]
A/C shot down during low level photo recon mission.

20 MAR 70

CPT Robert G. Cozart [P]
WO1 James E. Butler [OB]

Vietnam

214 AVN BN
O-1G
#51-12899
A/C was on a visual recon mission over Vinh Binh Province with a stop at the Province capitol of Phu Vinh. At 1028 hours, a radio transmission was received advising the Team 72 TOC that they were airborne and en route to Tra Vinh. This was the last communication with the crew.

28 FEB 70

LTC George A. Finter [OB]
P WIA

Binh Dinh Province

203 RAC
O-1G
#51-16942
A/C was on a VR mission west of Qui Nhon and northwest of Van Canh SF camp, flying low level, up a small valley leading out to a larger one. As throttle was applied on an upward climb, the engine stopped and crashed into trees. OB was killed when the WF rocket propellent went off and engulfed the plane.

24 FEB 70

LTC Frank C. Newman [P]
P WIA

Thua Thien Province

131 AVN
OV-1A
#60-3739
A/C was conducting a training flight and was apparently attempting a touch-and-go when both pilots ejected just before A/C impacted the end of the runway.

16 OCT 69

CPT Lawrence R. Booth [P]
SP4 Dennis M. Rattin [OB]

Laos

131 AVN
OV-1C
#64-14242?
A/C assigned a surveillance mission over hostile territory. At about 1015 hours, the pilot radioed that he was RTB. That was the last contact received from the aircraft.

14 OCT 69

CPT Mark A. Babson Jr [P]
SP4 James T. Savage [OB]

Khanh Hoa Province

225 AVN
OV-1C
#61-2691
C/S: PHANTOMHAWK 14
A/C was on an infrared mission in the Da Lat area when it crashed near Tuyen Duc. A/C was found 12SEP70.

10 OCT 69

CPT Franklin L. Weisner [P]
CPT Calvin W. Maxwell [OB]

Kontum Province

219 AVN
O-1G
#51-11942
A/C was in a flight of two O1G aircraft on a high/low search mission in Military Region 2 (MR2). A/C was shot down, hit a cliff above the river and had slid into its present position, lying inverted in a fast-flowing river.

09 OCT 69

CPT George L. Aikin [P]
SFC John E. Lopez Jr [OB]

Kontum Province

219 AVN
O-1
[Need Tail#]
No details.

03 OCT 69

1LT Paul L. Graffe [P]
PFC Kenneth L. Cunningham [OB]

Kontum Province

225 AVN
OV-1C
#61-02679
C/S: PHANTOM HAWK 01
A/C crashed atop a 7,000' peak in a mountain range north of the city of Kontum during inclement wx while on a mission to gather intel in Military Region II in the Dak To-Dak Pek area. A/C was located on 05OCT69.

10 SEP 69

CPT Jerry D. White [P]
SFC Donald E. Stepp [OB]

Kien Giang Province

244 AVN
OV-1C
#61-2703
A/C was shot down near Kien Giang. No further details.

29 AUG 69

SP5 Jackie C. Dehart [OB]
P WIA

Hua Nghia Province

73 AVN
OV-1B
#62-5904
A/C was on a night radar mission to the SW of Saigon. A/C was in a thunderstorm and was struck by lightning, causing all electrical systems to go out and the aircraft became inverted. The pilot told Dehart to eject but hesitated too long and went in with the A/C, making a crater in the muddy ground.

25 AUG 69

WO1 Barry B. Coers [P]
SFC Dixon T. Kinard [OB]

Bien Hoa Province

74 AVN
O-1
#51-12082
A/C crashed. No further details.

18 JUL 69

1LT Henry O. Wilhoite [P]
CPL John P. Madden [OB]

Long Khanh Province

73 AVN
OV-1C
#67-18913
A/C crashed into Gin Ray Mountain while flying a Red Haze mission during inclement weather.

14 JUN 69

1LT Victor M. Hodson [P]

Binh Thuan Province

183 AVN
O-1
[Need Tail#]
A/C was shot down during an artillery adjustment mission about 5 mi NW of Phan Thiet.

06 JUN 69

CPT Michael F. Grisafe Jr [P]
SP4 Noel F. Josephs [OB]

Kontum Province

225 AVN
OV-1C
#67-18914
Plie Trap. No details.

04 JUN 69

CPT James A. Kummings [P]
ARVN OB

Ba Xugen Province

221 AVN
O-1D
[Need Tail#]
A/C was on VR mission in Ba Xuyen Province when pilot was fatally wounded by a sniper. OB managed to get the acft back to Soc Trang Airfield but crashed attempting to land and was destroyed.

03 JUN 69

1LT Steven G. Schimmel [P]

Pleiku Province

183 AVN
O-1
[Need Tail#]
A/C crashed. No further details.

13 MAY 69

1LT Bruce C. Bessor [P]
SFC Mike J. Scott [OB]

Laos

219 AVN
O-1G
#51-16959
Recon team had radio contact with A/C, they heard acft engine noise southwest of their position followed by 15 rounds of 37mm fire and engine sputtering but no sound of crash, then a large volume of rifle fire from the same direction. The recon team then lost radio contact with the aircraft.

03 APR 69

MAJ Arthur G. Ecklund [P]
CPT Perry H. Jefferson [OB] (USAF)

Ninh Thuan Province

183 AVN
O-1G
#51-12078
C/S: SEAHORSE 78
A/C was flying a visual recon mission out of Phan Rang AB. They left the base at 0700 hours and reported in by radio at 0730 hours giving location, destination and info concerning a convoy they were going to check out. No further communication was heard, except for a signal beeper.

21 MAR 69

CPT David B. Peterson [P]
OB survived

Kontum Province

225 AVN
OV-1C
#62-5854
A/C was shot down during a photo recon run over the Plei Trap Valley in western Pleiku Province.

16 MAR 69

CPT Charles R. Barnes [P]
CPT David R. Smith [P]
SP4 Michael L. Batt
SP4 Raymond E. Bobe
MAJ Marvin L. Foster

Thua Thien Province

210 AVN
UC-21A
#66-18007
A/C left Qui Nhon airfield in South Vietnam, headed for Phu Bai airport near Hue. The Da Nang control tower briefly established radar and radio contact, but was unable to maintain it. The aircraft never landed at the Phu Bai airport.

16 MAR 69

WO1 Selvwyn R. Taylor [P]
CPT Douglas D. Gaylord [OB]

Dinh Tuong Province

184 RAC
O-1G
#51-12045
A/C went down during a night artillery spotting mission near Dong Tam in the Mekong Delta.

09 MAR 69

CPT Robert F. Rex [P] (USAF)
SSG Tim L. Walters [OB]

Laos

MACV
O-2A
#67-21425
A/C was on a combat support mission when it crashed for unknown reasons about 5 miles into Laos west of the DMZ.

11 FEB 69

WO1 James E. Kirby [P]
OB WIA

Binh Dinh Province

203 RAC
O-1G
#51-12116
A/C was flying a "Snoopy" mission in support of 173 ABN and was shot down in heavy jungle. OB was able to crawl from wreckage just before A/C burst into flames.

09 JAN 69

CPT Thomas J. Shafer [P]

Quang Duc Province

219 AVN
O-1
[Need Tail#]
No details.

09 JAN 69

CPT Hugh M. Byrd Jr [P]
1LT Kevin O'Brien [OB]

Quang Tri Province

220 AVN (RECON)
O-1G
#51-5059
A/C was on a visual recon mission over the Khe Sanh area. The plane diverted to assist a recon team that was in enemy contact in the Khe Sanh area. After aiding the team and being relieved by another A/C, the plane back to Phu Bai. The weather was bad and the pilot reported at 1940 hours that he was lost and the weather was worsening. A/Cwas not equipped to fly IMC. Based on the direction the A/C told them it was flying, the radar station advised it to climb because of mountains in the area. No further transmissions were heard.

09 JAN 69

1LT Lynnford H. Higley [P]
1LT Floyd I. Granger Jr [OB]

Quang Duc Province

219 AVN
O-1
[Need Tail#]
No details.

25 DEC 68

SP5 Russell L. Wells Jr

Binh Long Province

73 AVN
OV-1A
[Need Tail#]
No details.

29 OCT 68

1LT Donald L. Harrison [P]
1LT Steven N. Bezold [OB]

Vietnam

220 AVN (RECON)
O-1G
#57-6027
A/C was hit in the left rear cockpit area, between the pilot and the observer. The A/C continued straight for a few seconds, and then started a slow descending right turn. The turn became tighter as the descent rate increased until impact.

24 SEP 68

SP4 Dennis L. Giles [OB]

Thua Thien Province

131 AVN
OV-1B
#64-14264
A/C was departing on an IR mission when it encountered an engine failure during takeoff. Pilot initiated a go-round with drop tanks still attached, lost altitude and landed in a rice paddy short of the airfield. The OB ejected at the last moment and was killed.

12 SEP 68

1LT Robert R. Weiss [P]
SP4 William E. Foster Jr [OB]

Phuoc Tuy Province

73 AVN
OV-1C
#66-18888
Vung Tau. No details.

31 AUG 68

1LT Stephen R. Tubre [P]

Pleiku Province

219 AVN
O-1D
#57-2836
No details.

01 JUL 68

CW2 Nicholas A. Romano [P]

Darlac Province

185 RAC
O-1G
#53-8013
Non-hostile crash. No details.

11 JUN 68

1LT Donald W. Jacobs [P]

Kontum Province

219 AVN
O-1
[Need Tail#]
A/C crashed into a mountain.

11 JUN 68

CPT Gordon A. Hawkins [P]
PFC Terry L. Ivener [OB]

Binh Dinh Province

203 RAC
O-1G
#51-12008
A/C departed Qui Nhon at 0800 hrs and was shot down by hostile ground fire near An Khe Pass while conducting a VR mission at approx 0900 hrs.

05 MAY 68

1LT Joseph G. Wolfe [P]

An Xugen Province

73 AVN
O-1
[Need Tail#]
A/C was flying a low level mail drop at Song Doc outpost, crashed and burned.

07 APR 68

MAJ Robert W. McCaskey [P]
OB ejected

Thua Thien Province

1 CAV
OV-1C
#66-18885
A/C was hit by enemy ground fire while returning from a low level VR/Photo recon mission in support of the 101 ABN DIV.

01 APR 68

CPT Raymond O. Kincannon [P]
WO1 Franklin D. Audilet [OB]

Phu Yen Province

203 RAC
O-1A
#50-15050
A/C crashed and burned near Cam Ranh Bay after being engaged by hostile ground fire.

29 MAR 68

MAJ William P. Hurley Jr [P]
OB ejected

Phuoc Tuy Province

73 AVN
OV-1B
#64-14257
Vung Tau. No details.

23 MAR 68

MAJ Masaki Hattori [P]
SP4 Ian J. Franks [OB]

Phong Dinh Province

244 AVN
OV-1C
#60-3756
A/C in order to avoid a mid-air collision with two USN helicopters, crashed into the Hau Giang River near Can Tho.

20 MAR 68

1LT Leslie B. Sayre [P]
OB WIA (escaped POW)

Kien Giang Province

221 AVN
O-1D
#57-2697
A/C was assigned a recon mission in South Vietnam. The A/C was about 20 miles east of the city of Ha Tien, it was shot down by enemy fire.

28 FEB 68

CPT Steven J. Popkin [P]
CPT Joseph C. Doyle [OB]

Kien Tuong Province

244 AVN
OV-1C
#61-2709
A/C was on a recon mission over Kien Tuong Province when struck by ground fire and crashed. OB ejected but died of multiple injuries sustained.

21 JAN 68

CW2 William A. Kimsey Jr [P]
CPT Charles J. Ramsay [OB] (USMC)

Vietnam

220 AVN (RECON)
O-1D
#66-13295
A/C was shot down while it was to provide spotting for a naval gunfire mission directed against a North Vietnamese AA site within the DMZ.

04 JAN 68

1LT Thomas D. Babin Jr [P]
OB killed

Dinh Tuong Province

68 AHC
O-1
[Need Tail#]
A/C was shot down outside of Phu Loi.

29 DEC 67

WO1 Milton W. Smith [P]
WO1 Jonathan P. Shaffer [OB]
SP4 Jose L. Lujan* [C]

Thua Thien Province

138 AVN
RU-8D
#56-3713
A/C crashed within 100m of the 8 RRFS compound on takeoff from Phu Bai. *Lujan died on 24MAY68 of injuries resulting from crash.

04 DEC 67

CPT Douglas J. Kelly [P]
WO1 Robert D. King [OB]
2 crew WIA

Quang Nam Province

138 AVN
RU-6A
#53-2786
A/C departed Da Nang at 1225 hrs and flew SW to their AO for a classified mission. Sometime between 1400-1430 hrs, A/C was making a series of turns close to ground in mountainous terrain when it struck trees and ground on a heading 315 deg and a 45 deg angle approx 21nm SW of Da Nang. Impact caused A/C to either spin or cartwheel and come to rest 180 deg from its flight path.

22 NOV 67

CW2 David A. Kreitzer* [P]
SP4 Thomas B. Allen [CE]
PFC David L. Tasker*
PVT Sheldon D. Bowler
PFC Marshall F. Freng
PFC Steven P. Morse
PVT Allyson Y. Sasaki

Bien Hoa Province

54 AVN
U-1A
#57-6119
A/C crashed during take-off from Long Binh.
*Tasker died 4 days later and Kreitzer died 10 days later.

08 NOV 67

MAJ Laurence C. Suttlehan [P]
PFC Vaughn M. Hines [OB]

An Xugen Province

74 AVN
OV-1C
#60-3746
C/S: DELTA HAWK 5
A/C was on an aerial recon mission off the southern coast of Vietnam. On one low level pass over naval craft, the A/C was seen to start a climb and roll to the left engine in an inverted position. A recovery back to the right was attempted, but the left wing struck the water and the A/C crashed and disintegrated.

05 NOV 67

CPT Clifford W. Schneeman Jr [P]

Tuyen Duc Province

183 AVN
O-1E
#56-2492
A/C crashed landed into a hillside and pilot received fatal injuries.

07 OCT 67

CPT Frank R. Kerbl [P]
SP5 James A. Stoeberl [OB]

Binh Duong Province

73 AVN
OV-1B
#62-5863
A/C was on IFR approach to Tan Son Nhut and because of heavy monsoon rain with zero visibility, he attempted to make a STOL. When reverse pitch of the props was applied on touchdown, only one engine reversed causing the A/C to ground loop, crash and catch fire.

02 OCT 67

CPT Roger T. Sawyers [P]

Lam Dong Province

185 RAC
[Need A/C Type]
[Need Tail#]
No details.

26 SEP 67

1LT Lynn R. Huddleston [P]
SSG Stephen J. Geist [OB]

Binh Long Province

74 AVN
O-1D
#55-4692
A/C disappeared on on a visual recon mission north of Minh Thanh, 4 miles from the Cambodian border.

22 SEP 67

CW3 Bennett G. Wilder [P]

Phuoc Tuy Province

USARV FLT DET
[Need A/C Type]
[Need Tail#]
A/C shot down. Wilder died 29SEP67 in hospital in Yokohama, Japan of injuries sustained in crash.

22 SEP 67

MAJ Blackshear M. Bryan Jr [P]

Phuoc Tuy Province

USARV FLT DET
U-21A
[Need Tail#]
Crew was in transition, practicing engine out at Vung Tau. On landing, A/C turned to avoid trespassers on runway, rolled over and crashed.

17 AUG 67

CW3 Wayne E. Jones [P]
WO1 Don R. Harger [P]
SP5 Joseph Benson [C]

Pleiku Province

18 AVN
U-1A
#58-1702
C/S: RELIABLE 702
A/C departed Pleiku flying the north courier mission as was the SOP each Thursday to Tuy Hoa and Nha Trang. The flight departed Nha Trang at approx 1430 hours to complete the north courier route, making their last stop at Cheo Reo to pick up a messenger courier. Upon departing Cheo Reo, they contacted the MACV compound at that location, stating that they were leaving the Cheo Reo freq and switching over to Pleiku Center. No further communication was established. Wreckage was discovered 07SEP67 on Dragon Mountain.

22 JUL 67

CPT William B. Graves [P]
SP4 Heinz A. Tapio [OB]

Vietnam

225 AVN
OV-1C
#60-3755
A/C crashed in the Highlands.

02 JUN 67

MAJ Lowell E. Morgan [P]
SP4 Robert B. De Mello [C]

Long Khanh Province

73 AVN
OV-1C
#61-2715
A/C crashed into the side of Gia Ray Mountain during a period of darkness and inclement weather.

19 FEB 67

MAJ Johnie J. Wright Jr [P]
SP4 Harold S. Wilson [OB]

Thua Thien Province

131 AVN
OV-1C
#61-2682
A/C was lost on an IR mission out of Phu Bai.

08 FEB 67

CW2 Richard J. Wright [P]
1LT Frederic W. Miller [OB]

Vietnam

183 AVN
O-1E
#56-2691
A/C was flying a VR mission west of Phan Thiet when it flew into a box canyon. While attempting to turn around, a down draft caused the plane to impact a hillside and burned upon impact.

26 JAN 67

1LT Lloyd T. Rugge [P]
AO WIA (USMC)

Kontum Province

220 AVN (RECON)
O-1
[Need Tail#]
A/C received a radio message of trapped Marines being surrounded and pinned down. Pilot flew at 400', dropping a rocket which did not release until too late, so pilot circled to 200', but the enemy opened up with three machine guns, hitting the A/C causing it to crash land in a creek bed. P was pinned in wreckage and AO escaped and was rescued later.

20 DEC 66

CPT Larry F. Lucas [P]
OB rescued

Laos

131 AVN
OV-1A
#63-13123
A/C was flying an armed VR mission in southern Laos when it was hit by enemy fire, caught fire, pitched into a ninety degree dive and crashed.

29 NOV 66

CPT Linus Gerald K. Chock [P]

Vietnam

183 AVN
O-1
[Need Tail#]
A/C was escorting a Vietnamese Army convoy near Bao Loc. At 1020 hours, the convoy came under heavy AW from a VC battalion. Chock called for supporting arty fire and air strikes, but realized that more immediate action was necessary to save the vulnerable ground force. The A/C was only armed with 4 marking rockets, he elected to attack an insurgent strongpoint and draw fire from the besieged convoy. A/C received intense ground fire, but was able to destroy the VC position on his second strike. As A/C began a 3rd strike on enemy the aircraft was raked by ground fire, which mortally wounded him, and caused the plane to crash.

20 NOV 66

CPT John W. Clayton [AC]
CPT Anthony F. Korpics [P] (USAF)
SP6 Arnold C. Pearson [CE]
TSG Glendale D. Yates (USAF)

Phu Yen Province

135 AVN
CV-2B
#62-4167
A/C flew into bad weather and crashed approx 12 mi SE of Tuy Hoa.

19 NOV 66

MAJ James L. Whited [P]
CPT James M. Johnstone [OB]

Laos

20 AVN DET
OV-1A
#63-13115
C/S: PROJECT 6
Beginning a routine recon in an area of high ridges and valleys. A/C was observed by the crew of the cover A/C to climb, as if to fly over the top of a ridge, keeping close to the trees. It then crashed.

15 NOV 66

CPT Harry M. Ravenna III [P]
CPL John C. Keiper (USMC)

Vietnam

138 AVN
U-6A
#54-1723
A/C was on a routine flight from Dong Ha to Da Nang. A/C ran into poor weather conditions. Pilot radioed Dong Ha and requested radar guidance. At 1430 hours, he passed into Da Nang airfield radar control and radioed. Da Nang instructed him to recontact Dong Ha, and pilot acknowledged. Radio contact was broken, and never resumed.

16 OCT 66

1LT Robert C. Keller [P]
LT Albert G. Hallowell [OB] (USN)

Kien Hoa Province

73 AVN
OV-1A
#63-13130
Mid-air collision with another OV- 1A on a daylight recon mission.

04 OCT 66

CPT Francis H. Bissaillon [P] (USAF)
CPT David O. Webster [P] (USAF)
SSG Daniel P. Marlowe [CE] (USAF)
SP4 John T. Bird [CE]
CPT Johnnie L. Daniel
1LT Kenneth W. West
SFC Armando Ramos
SSG Richard M. Prociv
SGT Homer L. Pickett
PFC James G. Litts
PFC Henry L. Creek
PFC Ronald E. Lewis
PFC Donald A. Smith
18 WIA

Binh Dinh Province

17 AVN
C-7B
#63-9751
A/C started a GCA, when radar operator lost contact and told pilot to execute a go-around. A/C crashed into Hong Kong Mountain near An Khe AB during a routine passenger run from Hammond to An Khe. A/C was piloted by USAF aircrew from the 6252 OPS SQDN during Operation Red Leaf.

28 SEP 66

1LT Jimmy M. Brasher [P]
PFC Robert E. Pittman [OB]

Vietnam

131 AVN
OV-1B
#64-14266
C/S: SPUD 19
A/C was on a SLAR mission off the coast of North Vietnam. It is assumed that one or more of the SAM missiles launched that night hit the plane and that it crashed into the Gulf of Tonkin approx 40 miles E of Phuc Loi. No trace of the plane or crew was found.

19 JUL 66

CPT Charles L. Getman [P]

Pleiku Province

219 AVN
O-1
#57-2829
A/C collided with UH-1D #64-13891 during combat operations. Mid-air occurred at approx 1500 AGL and left wing separated from fuselage and crashed into 10-15' of water.

14 JUL 66

CPT Robert G. Nopp [P]
PFC Marshall F. Kipina [OB]

Laos

131 AVN
OV-1C
#61-2675
C/S: IRON SPUD
A/C was on a classified surveillance mission over Laos. The A/C maintained surveillance using infrared detection equipment and a forward-aimed camera, making it a valuable night surveillance plane able to detect enemy movement and designate and confirm targets. It was on such a mission that Kipina's plane vanished with no trace.

10 JUN 66

CPT Johnnie P. Sawyer [P]
PFC Peter D. Geoghegan [OB]

Vietnam

219 AVN
O-1D
#55-4707
A/C crashed 8 mi NE of Dak To airstrip.

10 MAY 66

SP5 Herbert N. Adams [FE]
SGT John J. McClosky
P & CP WIA

Kien Tuong Province

134 AVN
CV-2B
#62-4165
While on a SF airdrop mission at a remote camp at Chai Chai, had a load of rice hang in the rear of the cargo compartment on a low level extraction causing the A/C to crash.

25 APR 66

CW2 James D. Olsen [P]

Vietnam

219 AVN
O-1
[Need Tail#]
A/C shot down.

06 APR 66

CPT James W. Gates [P]
CPT John W. Lafayette [OB]

Laos

MACV
OV-1A
#63-13117
A/C was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while on recon mission and providing cover for another A/C crew that was shot down. Other A/C was rescued and P and OB from this A/C was believed captured by VC.

15 MAR 66

MAJ Glenn D. McElroy [PC]
CPT John M. Nash [CP]

Laos

20 AVN DET
OV-1A
#63-13124
C/S: IRONSPUD
A/C was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed while searching another crash site.

09 JAN 66

CPT Thaddeus E. Williams Jr [P]
SP4 James P. Schimberg [OB]

Phu Yen Province

20 AVN DET
OV-1C
#61-2705
A/C was on a night IR mission. The last radio contact was made when the plane was a short distance southwest of the city of Tuy Hoa.

20 DEC 65

WO1 Ronald M. Fero [P]
PFC Marvin L. Shipman [OB]

Vietnam

220 AVN (RECON)
O-1D
#55-4713
Mid-air collision with an ARVN aircraft over an ARVN combat operation near Quang Ngai.

15 DEC 65

WO1 Jerry P. Clark [P]

Phu Yen Province

568 SIG
O-1D
#55-4686
C/S: CABLERUNNER 26
A/C was on a recon mission and was returning to Quin Nhon from An Khe. A/C experienced an in-flight emergency with a low fuel state and wanted the Quin Nhon NDB frequency. Another acft flew over the beach and located the wreckage of A/C in shallow water near the hamlet of Tuy Phong, about 8 miles south of Qui Nhon.

10 SEP 65

CPT Leo A. Bauer [P]

Vietnam

219 AVN
O-1F
#57-2911
A/C crashed when it overshot a runway during a power failure.

27 AUG 65

WO1 Charles E. Nichols [P]
PFC Kenneth D. Johnston [CE]
2 others killed

Vietnam

125 ATC CO
U-6A
#51-16792
A/C crashed on takeoff 200 mts west of Old Ca Mau airfield while ferrying parts and signal repairmen to maintain a low-freq, non-directional, aircraft guidance beacon in IV CORP.

04 JUL 65

MAJ James C. Sheriff Jr [P]
LT Tran Cuong [OB]

Ba Xugen Province

73 AVN
OV-1A
#63-13114
Soc Trang. No details.

09 JUN 65

1LT Charles A. Dale [P]
SP4 David S. Demmon [C]

Vietnam

73 AVN
OV-1C
#61-2687
Communication lost between A/C and controllers during mission. The A/C was shot down somewhere over the U Minh forest.

19 MAY 65

WO1 Richard K. Harper [P]
SFC Leroy M. Donovan [OB]

Vietnam

MACV
O-1F
[Need Tail#]
A/C was assigned an aerial recon mission over South Vietnam. A/C departed Holloway Airfield at about 1300 hours. At 1700 hours the acft was an hour overdue. A check was made with airfields where the plane could have landed along its flight path, with negative results.

26 APR 65

WO1 William C. Sellers [P]

Province

74 AVN
O-1F
#57-2959
A/C crashed after a mid-air collision with a VNAF aircraft 6 mi NW of Long Thanh.

22 APR 65

MAJ William W. McAllister [P]

Province

117 AVN
O-1F
#57-2784
A/C crashed a half mile east of Phu Cat.

31 DEC 64

CPT Kurt C. McDonald [P] (USAF)
SFC Edward R. Dodge [OB]

Vietnam

DET C-1
O-1F
#57-2823
A/C was in flight of two that flew together until they reached Hill 3350, whereupon both acft made a 180 degree turn. Other O-1 lost sight of 2nd plane, which entered some bad weather, with clouds completely obscuring the ridge to the north and extending down to make a ragged roof above the triple canopy jungle. A/C was not seen again.

06 NOV 64

1LT Daniel G. Dawson [P]
2LT Phat (ARVN) [OB]

Binh Duong Province

145 AVN
O-1F
#57-2782
A/C was flying a visual recon mission over Bien Hoa Province and disappeared.

24 JUN 64

CPT Marlin E. McCahan [P]

Province

73 AVN
O-1F
#57-2965
A/C crashed while on a mail drop.

05 MAY 64

CPT William C. Osborn [P]
WO1 George R. Graham [CP]
SP4 Carmine A. Cervellino [CE]
SP5 Donald L. Nelson [FE]
SP4 Clair D. Doty
PFC Carl W. Grimes
MAJ Courtney P. Hollar Jr
SP4 William J. Montgomery
SP5 Frank Thornton Jr
5 ARVN PAX killed

Dinh Tuong Province

61 AVN
CV-2B
#61-2593
A/C had failure of #1 engine, suspected to be from hostile SA fire and was compounded when the crew turned into the feathered engine in an attempt to return to Tan Hiep airstrip, where they had just picked up several passengers. The A/C's left wing stalled, rolled inverted and crashed before a recovery could be completed.

14 MAR 64

1LT Richard E. Jaeck [P]
CPT Thomas J. Bergin

Binh Thuan Province

73 AVN
O-1
[Need Tail#]
A/C was on a combat support mission in Vietnam when it crashed as a result of hostile action.

12 DEC 63

2LT Louis A. Carricarte [P]
CPT Clarence L. Moorer [P]
SP4 Michael P. Martin Jr [CE]
4 PAX killed

Darlac Province

18 AVN
U-1A
#58-1690
A/C was headed for Ban Me Thout when it slammed into a mountainside at 7400' elevation after being hit by ground fire.

26 AUG 63

CPT Edward B. Cribb [P]
ARVN OB killed

Kien Hoa Province

23 SWAD
OV-1C
#61-2707
A/C was hit by enemy fire near Thua Duc approx 24km SSE of Go Cong.

01 JUL 63

CPT Curtis J. Steckbauer [P]
CP & 6 PAX WIA

Kontum Province

18 AVN
U-1A
#58-1706
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A/C crashed shortly after takeoff near Mangbut.

10 JAN 63

1LT Clayton A. Fannin [P]
2LT Nguyen Ngoc Suu [OB] (ARVN)

Pleiku Province

23 SWAD
OV-1C
#61-2704
A/C crashed due to unknown causes, into a mountain SE of Pleiku while on a scouting mission. Wreckage was found 10 months later.

15 OCT 62

CPT Herbert W. Booth Jr [P] (USAF)
TSG Richard L. Foxx [C] (USAF)
CPT Terry D. Cordell*

Darlac Province

L-28
[Need Tail#]
VC guerrillas shot down his low-flying plane near Ban Me Thout.
*CPT Cordell was the first American officer killed in action in Vietnam.

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