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Last updated: 4 December 2021
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Date:Saturday 4 May 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas AC-47D Spooky
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 43-76207
MSN: 32539/15791
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pleiku Airport (PXU) (   Vietnam)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
On May 4,1968, two Douglas AC-47D gunships, 43-16159 and 43-76207, departed Phu Cat to engage VC/NVA rocket and mortar sites that were firing on the Pleiku Air Base. Over target both aircraft were shot down within minutes of each other. All six on board 43-16159 were killed. Three crew members of 43-76207 were killed and five survived.

Sources:
» AC-47D Gunships Homepage > AC-47 Spooky Crew Losses
» the Virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall > Leslie Earl Harris, Jr
» Air University web site


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