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Date:13-MAY-1968
Time:23:50
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: 152951
C/n / msn: I-255
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 miles from USS Enterprise, Gulf of Tonkin, off North Vietnam -   Vietnam
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:USS Enterprise (CVW-9) Yankee Station, Gulf of Tonkin
Destination airport:USS Enterprise (CVW-9) Yankee Station, Gulf of Tonkin
Narrative:
A‑6A Intruder BuNo. 152951/'NG-510' of VA‑35, US Navy as part of CVW‑9 on board the USS Enterprise (CVAN-65): lost on combat operations on May 13, 1968 when involved in a low‑level night strike on Vinh airfield. While flying at around 450 Knots IAS during its “pullout” over a bridge, at 23:50 hours, the A-6A was struck on its left side, just below the canopy, by a probable 37 mm round, fragments exploding into the cockpit, putting powder burns onto the pilot’s flight suit, puncturing his suit and wounding him below the left elbow.

After dropping a load of Mk-36 DSTs, fire broke out and the crew headed for the sea in a steep climb to try to starve the flames of oxygen. However, try as they might to reach the ship, things went from bad to worse on descent and an explosion ended the discussion

After unsuccessful attempts to extinguish the fire while en-route to the carrier, both crew members - Lt Bruce B. Bremner (pilot) and Lt J. T. Fardy (bombardier/navigator) - ejected successfully and were recovered by the USS Enterprise UH-2C SAR helicopter.

(Lt. Bruce B. Bremner ejected a second time - on April 19, 1971 from A-6A BuNo 155720 - while with the Naval Air
Test Center, and landed an Intruder solo once after his B/N had ejected).

Sources:

1. A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War By Rick Morgan
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20171103001143/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/aircraft_by_type/a6_prowler.htm
3. http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries19.html
4. http://web.archive.org/web/20180422222159/http://www.millionmonkeytheater.com/A-6.html
5. https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/e/enterprise-cvan-65-viii-1966-1970.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Aug-2013 07:57 Uli Elch Added
20-Aug-2013 08:23 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Location, Narrative]
18-Mar-2016 20:05 Dr.John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Mar-2016 20:17 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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