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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158699
Last updated: 1 July 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:VMA(AW)-225 USMC
Registration: 155611
C/n / msn: I-337
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hill 37, DMZ near Cam Lộ Combat Base, NW of Quảng Trị -   Vietnam
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Da Nang AB, South Vietnam
Destination airport:
A-6A Intruder BuNo 155611 of VMA(AW)-225, US Marine Corps was lost on combat operations on September 21 1969: shor down by enemy AAA near Hill 37, DMZ near Cam Lộ Combat Base, NW of Quảng Trị, South Vietnam. Aircraft was lead aircraft of flight of two on a close air support day VFR mission. Aircraft called in, rolling in on first live ordnance run, 30 dive, 3,200 feet AGL release, 450 knots IAS. No further radio contact. Wing man observed aircraft to trail smoke momentarily. Aircraft went out of control.

Pilot, Major P M Busch (XO of VMA(AW)-225) ejected sucessfully, but sustained serious injuries; survived to be rescued by an Army helicopter. Bombardier/Navigator 1st Lt R W Hargrave ejected successfully but sustained serious injuries: survived to be rescued by a Marine Corps helicopter. According to the squadron's own records (see link #5) the loss of BuNo 155611 was the first operational combat loss for VMA(AW)-225

at the time (September 1969) as part of Operation Keystone Cardinal the 3rd Marine Division began its withdrawal from Vietnam and by early October the Marines had handed over control of their tactical area of operations (including the Cam Lộ base) to the 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division.


1. A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War By Rick Morgan

Revision history:

20-Aug-2013 09:00 Uli Elch Added
20-Aug-2013 09:28 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Narrative]
17-Mar-2016 17:34 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Apr-2016 20:13 Anon. Updated [Time, Location]
27-Dec-2019 15:17 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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