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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158620
Last updated: 19 May 2020
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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-35, US Navy
Registration: 152594
C/n / msn: I-142
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Van Dien, 20 miles SW of Hanoi, North Vietnam -   Vietnam
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:USS Enterprise (CVW-9)
Destination airport:
A-6A Intruder BuNo 152594/'NH-502' of VA-35 US Navy (Call Sign RAYGUN 502) was destroyed on combat operations on May 19 1967, when hit by a SA-2 'Grail' SAM on an Alpha Strike mission to Hanoi. Aircraft came down about 20 miles southwest of Hanoi during approach to attack the Van Dien depot near the city. Both crew ejected and taken PoW: Lt Commander Eugene B. "Red" McDaniel (pilot) and Lt J K Patterson (Bombardier/Navigator)

McDaniel spent the next six years in prison, with much of it in Hỏa LÚ Prison, known as the Hanoi Hilton: his heroic leadership while in camp leading to him receiving the Navy Cross after his release on March 4 1973. Patterson appears to have been captured but did not survive, his exact fate never fully being explained by his captors. His family was informed by the military that James was presumed dead by April 16, 1974, joining the ranks of the "unaccounted for,"



Revision history:

19-Aug-2013 08:24 Uli Elch Added
19-Aug-2013 08:29 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Location, Country, Narrative]
16-Mar-2016 15:35 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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