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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158619
Last updated: 17 October 2019
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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: 152589
C/n / msn: I-137
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 miles from Kep Airfield, Ha Bac Province, North Vietnam -   Vietnam
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) off coast of Vietnam
Destination airport:
A-6A Intruder BuNo 152589/'NH-512 (call sign BUCKEYE 512) of VA-85 US Navy was shot down on combat operations on April 24 1967: hit in the right wing by enemy AAA (85 mm flak crossfire) during six plane A-6A strike against MiG base at Kep Airfield. (BuNo 152589 was one of four A-6A's strike configured, the remaining two A-6A's were missile suppression configured). Aircraft came down 2 miles from Kep Airfield at approximate co ordinates 21-24N, 106-19E.

Both crew ejected and became POW: Captain Lewis "Irv" Williams (pilot) and Lt (JG) Michael D. Christian (Bombardier/Navigator). Both men were seen to land in an open field about 100 yards apart and established radio contact with airborne aircraft. The crewmen appeared uninjured and reported their condition as good. The ejection occurred in a well-defended, populated area near the city of Kep in Ha Bac Province, and capture was almost immediate. Williams and Christian were held in various locations in Hanoi, North Vietnam before they were released and repatriated on March 4 1973, arriving back in the USA on April 4 1973



Revision history:

19-Aug-2013 08:24 Uli Elch Added
19-Aug-2013 08:27 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Location, Country, Narrative]
16-Mar-2016 15:14 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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