ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 60789
Last updated: 24 March 2017
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Narrative:OV-10A 67‑14638 of 23 TASS, 504 TASG, USAF, based at Nakhon Phanom (but detached to Ubon RTAB) was shot down by ground fire 20 miles north-east of the town of Kratie in Cambodia.
North American Rockwell OV-10A Bronco
|Owner/operator:||23rd TASS, 504th TASG, USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 321-46|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||20 miles NE of Kratie -
|Departure airport:||Ubon RTAB, Thailand|
Pilot: Maj Harold Benton Lineberger (KIA). Lineberger had been lost at 06:43 hours when he reported his position as being 27 miles WSW of Stung Treng and 51 miles NNW of Sambor, Cambodia.(At approximate co ordinates: 12'41.41"N, 10'60.117"E). He never returned from the mission.
Search efforts were conducted in the area for the next several days, but no trace of Lineberger's plane was found. On March 25, 1971, a Khmer Rouge rallier reported during interrogation that he had observed an OV-10 near Kratie during the time Lineberger disappeared. The rallier had gone to the crash site with a friend and had been told by villagers that the aircraft flew over in a wavering pattern, went into a dive, crashed and exploded. The source had seen two badly burned bodies in the cockpit — one very large in the front, and one small and skinny in the rear seat. The bodies were removed from the aircraft and buried.
The Air Force determined that the source had not correctly identified what was in the back seat and mistakenly believed it was a body. They correlated this report to Major Lineberger, who had, unusually, flown alone on this mission.
||Dr. John Smith
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||Dr. John Smith
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