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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158687
Last updated: 20 January 2020
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Date:18-DEC-1968
Time:day
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: 154150
C/n / msn: I-285
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:15 miles SE of the A Sầu Valley. -   Laos
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:USS Constellation (CVA-64) off Vietnam coast
Destination airport:
Narrative:
A-6A Intruder BuNo. 154150/'NK-405' of VA-196 as part of CVW-14 on board the USS Constellation (CV-64). Lost on combat operations December 18, 1968: Possible premature detonation of own bombs during a daylight Steel Tiger strike on a road just within Laos, about 15 miles southeast of the A Sầu Valley, Thừa Thiên–Huế Province, west of the coastal city of Huế, along the border of Laos at approximate co ordinates: 16°15′33.5″N 107°12′45″E.

Aircraft was on a daylight combat strike mission (weather clear, visibility 20 miles) when it was hit by suspected enemy ground fire. The aircraft was on its 8th run and was rolling in prior to dropping its last two MK-82 bombs. No flak or tracers were observed. No ejections were observed.

The fate of the crew members - Lt (JG) John Richards Babcock (pilot) and Lt Gary Jon Meyer - was that they were initially posted as MIA. The remains of Lt. Babcock were found, repatriated, and buried in Winterset Cemetery on August 20, 1972

Sources:

1. A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War By Rick Morgan
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries19.html
3. http://web.archive.org/web/20171103001143/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/aircraft_by_type/a6_prowler.htm
4. http://web.archive.org/web/20180422222159/http://www.millionmonkeytheater.com/A-6.html
5. https://www.findagrave.com/page=gr&GRid=103312169
6. https://navy.togetherweserved.com/usn/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=505092
7. https://navy.togetherweserved.com/usn/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=571993
8. https://www.findagrave.com/page=gr&GRid=105472567


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Aug-2013 08:33 Uli Elch Added
20-Aug-2013 08:44 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Narrative]
20-Mar-2016 02:56 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Mar-2016 02:56 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
20-Mar-2016 02:57 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Country]

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