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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158701
Last updated: 24 June 2020
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Date:06-FEB-1970
Time:dusk
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: 155618
C/n / msn: I-344
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ban Kapay, Savannakhet Province, 30 miles west of the DMZ -   Laos
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:USS Ranger (CVA-61) off east coast of Vietnam
Destination airport:
Narrative:
A‑6A Intruder BuNo. 155618/'NE-516; of VA-196, US Navy, on board the USS Ranger (CVA-61) as part of CVW-2. Lost on combat operations February 6 1970: Steel Tiger mission - Lost a wing after AAA hit over Laos near Ban Kapay during attack on trucks on the Ho Chi Minh Trail near Ban Kapay, 30 miles west of the DMZ. The aircraft began spiraling to the right, causing the port wing to disintegrate

Both crew - Lt Commander Evan P. 'Pee Wee' Reese (pilot) and Lt (JG) D. R. Fraser (Bombardier/Navigator) - ejected.After spending a harrowing night in the jungle, they were rescued by a "Jolly Green Giant" HH-53 helicopter from 40th ARRS at dawn the following day. Reese would return for the next deployment with VA-196 and eventually command an EA-6B squadron.

Sources:

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
3. http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries19.html
4. http://web.archive.org/web/20171103001143/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/aircraft_by_type/a6_prowler.htm
5. http://web.archive.org/web/20180422222159/http://www.millionmonkeytheater.com/A-6.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Aug-2013 09:00 Uli Elch Added
20-Aug-2013 09:31 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Country, Narrative]
21-Mar-2016 21:44 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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