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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 177571
Last updated: 28 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom
Owner/operator:558th TFS, 12th TFW USAF (558th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 12th Tactical Fighter Wing United States Air Force)
Registration: 63-7509
C/n / msn: 519
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 miles north of Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam -   Vietnam
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Da Nang, South Vietname
Destination airport:Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam
Two F-4C (63-7509 and 64-0716) shot down over NVN by rockets (Sidewinder) fired from MiG-17. THe official USAF record of the loss of these two aircraft is that "Mid-air collision at night on final approach. Hung ordinance detonated".
All four crew (two in each aircraft) KIA. Crew were:

Captain Robert Edward Rocky - KIA
Capt D. G. Browning - ejected landed in China Sea
First Lieutenant Michael Edward Surwald - KIA
Captain Edward Dean McCann - KIA

However it is not clear which crew member was in which aircraft, and the fate of Capt D.G.Browning is not known (he survived the initial incident, but what happened next is not known


1. El Litoral 17 September 1966, p1

Revision history:

04-Jul-2015 18:07 TB Added
15-Aug-2015 18:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Aug-2015 18:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
25-Dec-2019 09:38 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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