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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 148196
Last updated: 14 June 2020
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Date:18-FEB-1966
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic A6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman A-6A Intruder
Owner/operator:VA-85, US Navy
Registration: 151797
C/n / msn: I-100
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Thanh Hoa Province, 70 miles W of Hanoi, North Vietnam -   Vietnam
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) off coast of Vietnam
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Destroyed February 18 1966 during a daylight armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam in Mountainous terrain. Pull Out apparently low. Destroyed by blast of its own bombs over Thanh Hoa Province, North Vietnam. Both crew - Lt. (JG) Joseph Vaughn Murray and Lt. (JG) Thomas Anthony Schroeffel - KIA. According to published sources (see link #4):

"On 18 Feb 1966 Lt. (JG) Joseph V. Murray and Lt (JG) Thomas A Schroeffel crewed an A-6A Intruder, Bureau Number 151797, as the wing man on a daylight armed reconnaissance mission in a mountainous area about 70 miles west of Hanoi. During the mission, the two aircraft located and attacked trucks on a mountain road. While conducting a shallow dive-bomb delivery using retarded ("snake eye") bombs, Murray apparently fell victim to target fixation and failed to initiate his pull-out soon enough - and the Intruder impacted the hillside about 500 yards beyond the target.

Neither crewman ejected before impact and the crash was not survivable. Both were declared Killed in Action/Body not Recovered. As of 24 Feb 2004 their remains have not been repatriated."

Lt. (JG) Thomas Anthony Schroeffel has a grave marker at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County
Virginia, USA, Plot at Memorial Section G. However, as his remains have never been recovered, it is, of course, a "cenotaph" or empty tomb.

Sources:

1. http://web.archive.org/web/20171103001143/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/aircraft_by_type/a6_prowler.htm
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries19.html
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.millionmonkeytheater.com/a6pics/151797.jpg]
4. http://www.virtualwall.org/ds/SchroeffelTA01a.htm
5. http://www.vvmf.org/Wall-of-Faces/46149/THOMAS-A-SCHROEFFEL
6. https://www.findagrave.com/page=gr&GRid=24061896


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
31-Aug-2012 06:36 Uli Elch Added
15-Mar-2016 00:56 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2016 00:57 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time]

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