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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 138855
Last updated: 6 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic T28 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American AT-28B Trojan
Owner/operator:South Vietnamese Air Force (SVNAF)
Registration: 53-8376
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lac‑Hoa village, My Thanh, Soc Trang province -   Vietnam
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Bien Hoa Air Base, SVN
Destination airport:
AT-28A Trojan 53-8376, 6th Fighter Squadron, 1st Air Commando Group, temporarily assigned to Det 2A, Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam was shot down by small arms fire near Lac‑Hoa village at My Thanh, in Soc Trang Province, South Vietam. Aircraft came down in the Mekong Delta: crew were never found, but the wreckage of 53-8376 was recovered in approx. 20 feet of water.
The pilot was the first American fighter pilot to be killed in Vietnam. Crew named as Captain Robert Simpson (USAF pilot) and Lt. Hoa (VNAF Navigator). *Also reported as US instructor and SVN student on training flight.

An article in a 1995 issue of 'FlyPast' magazine lists serial 53-8376 as allocated to an ex-USN T-28B converted to 'Farm Gate' armed COIN configuration, and used in South Vietnamese AF markings, but flown by Americans

*La Vanguardia 29 August 1962, p12

Revision history:

29-Sep-2011 19:06 Dr. John Smith Added
24-Feb-2019 13:20 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Narrative]
03-Feb-2020 11:03 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
22-Jun-2020 21:00 TB Updated [Source]
23-Jun-2020 07:18 TB Updated [Date, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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