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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158697
Last updated: 28 January 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-196, US Navy
Registration: 155605
C/n / msn: I-331
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off USS Ranger (CVA-61) in Gulf of Tonkin, off North Vietnam -   Vietnam
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:USS Ranger (CVA-61) Gulf of Tonkin, off Vietnam
Destination airport:
A‑6A Intruder BuNo. 155605/'NE-505' of VA-196, US Navy, on board the USS Ranger (CVA-61). On February 28 1970 caught fire during catapult launch from the USS Ranger whilst the carrier was located in Gulf of Tonkin.

Both crew - Lt R. R. Wittenberg (pilot) and Lt H. W. Paul (Bombardier/Navigator) - ejected immediately and were quickly recovered by the USS Ranger's "plane guard" SAR helicopter.


1. A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War By Rick Morgan
2. U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft Damaged or Destroyed During the Vietnam War By Douglas E. Campbell

U.S. Navy Grumman A-6A Intruder (BuNo. 155605) of attack squadron VA-165 Boomers en route to North Vietnam in 1968/69. VA-165 was assigned to Attack Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61) during the deployment from 26 Oct 1968 to 17 May 1969 to Vietnam. The aircraft is armed with 227 kg (500 lb) Mk 82 bombs: A-6A VA-165 CVA-61 1967

Revision history:

20-Aug-2013 09:00 Uli Elch Added
20-Aug-2013 09:26 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
21-Mar-2016 22:25 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
21-Mar-2016 22:26 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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