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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158628
Last updated: 11 February 2020
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Date:02-NOV-1967
Time:night
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: 152629
C/n / msn: I-177
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Van La, 10 miles S of Hanoi, North Vietnam -   Vietnam
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:USS Constellation (CVA-64) off Vietnam coast
Destination airport:
Narrative:
A-6A Intruder BuNo 152629/'NK-403' of US Navy squadron VA-196 was launched on the night of November 1/2 1967 from the USS Constellation. Aircraft was lost early on the morning of November 2 1967 near Van La, 10 miles south of Hanoi, during night mission against a ferry at Kim Quan. The strike occurred as a result of direct enemy action. Both radar and radio contact were lost simultaneously while the airplane was engaged in a night low level bombing run.

The crew was listed as Missing in Action. they were Lt. Commander Richard David Morrow (pilot) and Lt. James Joseph Wright (Bombardier/Navigator). Since there was neither evidence of their death nor notice that they had been captured, both men were placed in MIA status. Neither officer returned with the POW release in February 1973, nor did any of the returning POWs have any information about them.

On October 3 1973, the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Finding of Death for Commander Morrow and his status was changed to "killed in action, body not recovered".

Between August 23 and 27 1978, the North Vietnamese government returned twelve sets of remains to US control. On September 11 1978 the Defense Department announced that the remains of both Commander Morrow and Lieutenant Commander Wright had been identified.

Sources:

1. http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries19.html
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20180422222159/http://www.millionmonkeytheater.com/A-6.html
3. http://web.archive.org/web/20171103001143/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/aircraft_by_type/a6_prowler.htm
4. http://www.virtualwall.org/dm/MorrowRD01a.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Aug-2013 08:24 Uli Elch Added
19-Aug-2013 08:49 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Location, Country, Narrative]
16-Mar-2016 20:34 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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