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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158700
Last updated: 17 August 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: 155613
C/n / msn: I-339
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Tavouac, 15 miles S of the A Shau Valley, Savannakhet Province -   Laos
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:USS Ranger (CVA-61) off east coast of Vietnam
Destination airport:
A-6A Intruder BuNo. 155613/'NE-513' of VA-196, US Navy, on board the USS Ranger (CV-64). Lost om combat operations November 22, 1969: Wing failure about near Tavouac, 15 miles south of the Ashau Valley in Savannakhet Province, Laos at approximate Coordinates: 16'30.00"N 106'25.00"E

Both crew - Commander Lloyd W Richards (pilot) and Lt (JG) Richard Carl Deuter (bombardier/navigator) - ejected, but Lt Carl Deuter was killed. According to a published testimony from the surviving crew member, Commander Lloyd Richards:

""We were in 50 degree dive bombing run when wing departed from aircraft due to AAA fire. I ejected at about 600 knots, Bombardier/Navigator Dick Deuter did not make it. I hit the ground with panels torn out of parachute, broken neck, ankles and back. Rescued by HH-53E Jolly Green Giant within 30 minutes and flown to Da Nang for further transport stateside to recover"

Search efforts continued for the bombardier/navigator, but no trace of him could be found. Lt Richard Deuter was immediately listed Missing in Action. This was changed to a formal Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered, with effect from February 1 1978.


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

Revision history:

20-Aug-2013 09:00 Uli Elch Added
20-Aug-2013 09:30 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Country, Narrative]
20-Mar-2016 23:20 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Mar-2016 23:20 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location]
20-Mar-2016 23:21 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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