|464TCW||First USAF aircraft to be lost in SEA. |
Ranch Hand on training mission;
crashed into dense forest near Route
15 between Bien Hoa and Vung Tau
Capt. Fergus Groves II
Capt. Robert Larson
SSgt Milo Coghill
|4/20/1962||56-4368||Hipp Khanh||464TCW||Cargo Mission. Landed at wrong airport;|
tried to take off and runway was too
short. Capt. Harry Overman + 2 survived
|Pilot descended through clouds over|
high ground but was forced to climb
because of low ceiling and crashed
into trees on hillside, 50 ft below
summit 4 crew survived with minor
injuries and were rescued 3 days later
|10/29/1962||56-4364||Dak To||464 TCW||Landed on wrong airstrip in pouring rain|
and very low visibility. Was incorrectly
briefed to land on the newly constructed
airstrip which was not finished. Hit a
rocky ridge on the new airstrip and the
ircrafrt was damaged beyond repair.
Should have landed on the usable
dirt runway. Briefing was incorrect
and his map showed the new airfield
was usable. Also had 5000 lbs ammo
aboard which did not explode.
|Capt. RichardS Dowell|
Crewmember and 75 ARVN
5.6 Km SW of
|Air Amer||Pilot and FO killed but FR Spec lived.|
Crashed when hit by heavy ground fire
from neutralist anti-aircraft gun. A fire
erupted in the cockpit , the rt engine
and rt wing
|Lt wing hit house while C123 was |
attempting to snare a red flag on top
of a flagpole. Two died on ground.
1LT. Richard L. Hatlestad,
1Lt. Raymond Doyle,
SSgt Stanley E. Truesdale
|Crashed on an airlift support mission|
. Was going to Roiet,a smooth pasture
in N. Thailand. Mistook the infield
of a racetrack through clouds and
landed. Nose gear collapsed and
A/C was destroyed. Maj Warner +3
|10/24/1963||56-4385||104 km S|
|310 ACS||Shot down by ground fire while |
on flare dropping mission.
Capt. Woodrow M Fitzgerald;
Capt Gordon R. Brown;
SSgt Charles B Lankford;
SSgt Walter K. Morris
4 VNAF observers.
|2/16/1964||UNK||UNK||UNK||1 survivor; shot down by a NVN |
|7/23/1964||56-4283||Gia Vuc||315 TCG||Veered off runway on landing, crashed|
into barracks and caught fire due to
reverse pitch mechanism failed on
one propeller. 4 crew survived.
|9/12/1964||540-20237||Ban Na, Laos||Air Am||Crew member fell out with the load,|
was not wearing a parachute.
|309 ACS||Hit by anti-aircraft artillery and |
crashed. Took off from Nha Trang to
drop ammo at Sp. Forces Camp
(Bu Prang), Hit in rt engine by
AAA from Cambodia. Crashed just
inside South Viet Nam Border.
Capt. Edward Krukowski
1Lt Valmore W. Bourque
1Lt Robert G Armstrong
SSgt Ernest J. Halvorson
SSgt. Theodore Phillips
AIC Eugene Richardson
SSgt Lawrence Woods(USA)
PFC Charles P. Sparks (USA)
|MACV-SOG||Project Duck Hook ; may be listed as|
crashed Feb 13 1965. Mystery
surrounds this crash.
|3/28/1965||57-6292||Da Nang AB||311 ACS||Destroyed in ground collision with |
VNAF A1. 4 crew survived
|5/12/1965||55-4516||Hon Quan||310ACS||Crashed due to pilot error during a|
flight in So VN. 5 crew survived
|6/11/1965||56-4379||13km S of |
|310ACS||Hit mountain while attempting a |
supply drop in bad weather
Maj. Samuel Ganci
Capt Alvin J.Dimond
SSgt Paul Dawson
SSgt Merle E. Estes
SSgt Norman Williams
AIC James Coy
|Mysterious crash; provider thought|
to have exploded mid-air during
bombing raid, flare drop or evacuating
Capt Carl Edwin
|10/3/1965||20234||Long Tieng||Air Amer||Provider crashed in an unsuccessfu|
l attempt to go around after pilot
reportedly saw drums on the runway
|Copilot Frank Muscal||Leeker|
|10/30/1965||56-4381||Tan Hiep AB||315ACG||Damaged beyond repair in aborted|
takeoff. 4 crew survived
|Air Am||Fell from C-123B while taxiing||Rizel J. Alamares|
|11/21/1965||55-4530||Da Nang |
|315ACG||Crashed 1 mile short of runway in|
heavy rain, high winds and darkness
after suffering an engine failure.
5 crewed survived.
|Sayaboury||Air Am||Stalled and crashed on take-off. |
5 crew and 58 passengers injured
|11/29/1965||54-0651||South VN||309ACS||Shot down by ground fire;|
both crew survived.
|12/11/1965||56-4376||32 kmW of|
C123 contacted trees on a ridge
line and entered a spin crashing
1000ft below. The ridge line had
an elevation of about 4000ft and
was probably barely visible with
low ceilings between 50-100ft
and rain showers.
81 SVN paratroopers died
Maj Robert Horsky
Capt George McKnight
SSgt Mercedes Salinas
SSgt Donald Stewart
|1/4/1966||56-4369||Tanh Linh||315ACG||Crash-landed after engine failure.|
All 5 crewmembers survived.
Possibly on flare mission.
|1/9/1966||54-0676||Near Saigon||315ACG||During a re-supply flight, a fire|
started in fuselage and the Provider
crash-landed . Possibly sabotage related
to the cargo. Capt. Coulter and Capt.
Crashed following midair collision
w/A1E Skyraider at night while acting
as flare-ship for the Skyraider that was
attacking VC position.
Capt. Wayne Anderson
Capt. Herman Ritchie
TSgt. Thomas Fodaro
TSgt. Owen Hoffman
SSgt. Byron Crotwell
SSgt. Edward Hincewicz
|1/25/1966||54-0702||9km E of An|
Khe on a
by Hwy 19
just east of An
|311ACS||C123 carried 42 soldiers & ammo/|
grenades. The Provider had departed
An Khe with 42 army personnel
going to Special Forces camp
Bong Son 65k NE. Lost an engine
in the clouds and attempted to return
to An Khe. Crash into side of a steep
mountain. witnessed by squad of 1st
Bn 8th Cav guarding the pass.
Capt Harry Crumley
Capt Edward Handly
SSgt Leonard Williams
SSgt Richard Youtsey
42 Army Troops
|2/3/1966||55-4537||16 km from|
|311ACS||Hostile action suspected when the|
Provider disappeared on short airlift
support mission. May have had 4
VN troops. Extensive searching
did not find the plane.
Major James Carter
Capt Wilbur Brown
A1C Edward Parsley(lM)
A1C Thurmond Waller(FM)
|4/13/1966||56-4382||Tan Son Nhut||315 ACW||VC mortar attack destroyed the|
Provider on the ground.
|310ACS||Shot down by ground fire while|
o a candlestick mission and the
Provider burst into flames. Pilots
tried to reach an airfield but crashed
and all were killed.
Capt. Stanley G. Cox
1stLt Albert R. Wilson
MSgt. Raymond Jajtner
A1C William J. Moore
A1C Jerry M. Wall
|6/20/1966||56-4378||5km N of|
|309ACS||Ranch Hand Defoliation Mission; shot|
down by small arms fire causing a crash
and burn; Crew rescued by marine helos ;
aircraft later destroyed by B57. No
fatalities 1stLt Paul Clanton; 1st Lt Steven
A. Aigner; SSgt. Elijah Winstead survived.
|Qui Nhon AB|
|Crashed on landing after losing an|
engine. Three crew members survived
and one died later. Capt. Richard J.
McSweeny, 1Lt. Calvin F. Nay, and
Sgt Ronald C. Willerscheidt survived.
|SSgt Robert Ray Myles was |
and died on
|10/31/1966||54-0597||13km W of|
|12thACS||Defoliation Mission; shot down by|
small arms fire. Pilot made forced
landing on top of jungle underbrush
that was about 20-30 ft high; 3
occupants ok. SSgt. Elijah
Winstead's-second crash. Capt.
Thomas Davie and Capt Joseph
Dougherty also survived.
|11/26/1966||56-4367||Dam Tieng||19thACS||Shortly after takeoff hit by small|
arms fire(50 caliber bullets).
Hydraulic fluid fire erupted;
The SVN paratroopers panicked
but the crew belly-landed at Dam
Tieng. 37 onboard lived. Capt R
Nagel; 1Lt Anavil; 35ARVN
|1/4/1967||56-4372||Buny Buny||19 ACS||The Provider was destroyed on landing. |
Five crew survived
|1/31/1967||54-0611||24km W |
|12th ACS||On 4th spray run, the lead Provider|
rolled inverted, crashed and caught
fire thought to be due to ground
fire. Another Provider was hit and
managed to land at Khe Sanh due
to great skill of its c
Capt. Roy Kubley
Maj. Lloyd Walker
Capt. Harvey Mulhauser
Capt. Howard L. Barden
A1C Ronald K. Miyazaki
|4/5/1967||19th ACS||Loadmaster fell from the aircraft|
while closing a troop door.
|A1C Ronald R Schnaidt|
|5/21/1967||12th ACS|| While on a spray mission a single|
bullet passed through the cockpit
and killed the pilot. Aircraft landed
|Capt. Thomas E. Davie Jr.|
|4/15/1967||55-4575||Kham Duc||311ACS||Nose wheel collapse on landing at|
Kham Duc. First K model destroyed.
5 crew survived. Re-supply mission.
|7/20/1967||54-0630||Near Gia Vuc||12thACS||Defoliation Mission; shot down by|
small arms and burst into flames
Lt. Col. Everett Foster
Maj Allan Stearns
Maj Donald Steinbrunner
SSgt. Irvin Weyandt
Sgt Le Tan Bo (VNAF)
|9/4/1967||54-0621||Bao Loc||19thACS||Provider captained by the CO|
of 19thACS disappeared on a
flight from Bien Hoa to Nha Trang.
Pilot error. Four of the passengers
were a Ranch Hand crew on their
way to pick up their aircraft that
had been repaired after battle damage.
L/C Merle Turner
Capt. Edward Goucher
A1C James Mayo
Capt. William B. Mahone,
Capt Virgil K. Kelley,
TSgt Jacklin M. Boatwright
and TSgt. Harold C. Cook.
|310th ACS||Republic F-105D Thunderchief was|
landing in poor weather on runway
25L and collided with C123; The wing
sliced into lt side of C123; F105 caught
fire killing its pilot. The C123 crew
survived the crash with burns but one
crewmember died a few days later.
Capt Jack Dole and three other
SSgt Curtis E. Stieferman
Died 4 Nov
but went back
to save crewmember
and inhaled flames
and was extensively burned.
of Ban Me
|310th ACS||Crash attributed to pilot error. All 5|
|3/1/1968||54-0694||Khe Sanh||311ACS||Crashed on take -off after being hit|
by mortar fragments during a re-
supply mission. All 10 survived.
|3/6/1968||54-0590||1.6km S of|
|311ACS||Attempted a go-around after small|
plane landed in front of it. Hit by
ground fire in rt turbine and
crashed in flames.
L/C Frederick Hampton
1Lt. Ellis Helgeson
Sgt. Jeffry Conlin
Sgt. Dallas H> Moore
SSgt. William Anselmo &
SSgt Noel Rios (15th
44 US Marines
|3/7/1968||54-0594||Khe Sanh||311 ACS||Tail hit by VC mortar while plane|
on runway and then destroyed by
another mortar attack the next day.
A/C struck by AA over Southern
Laos. RTB to NKP and made emergency
landing. A/C had to be scrapped. 5
|3/31/1968||54-0653||Phan Rang||315 ACW||Mechanical failure on take-off|
on a troop flight; 4 survivors.
|315 SOW||Hit by small arms fire and crashed.||ASN|
|5/23/1968||20104 655||Na Khang||Air Amer||Touched down 30ft short of runway|
and struck a two ft high embankment
and main gear collapsed.
|12th ACS||Shot down on spray run by small arms|
fire. Crashed into the sea about 1 mile off coast
L/C Emmet Rucker
Maj James Shanks
Sgt Herbert Schmidt
|6/26/1968||54-0595||English LZ||310th ACS||One prop did not reverse, ran off runway|
and struck a helicopter. All 4 crew survived.
|9/12/1968||54-0714||Vinh Long||19th SOS||Crashed landed when a prop went|
into reverse and plane veered off
runway. All 3 crew survived.
|12/13/1968||54-0600||Near Ban Hai||606 SOS||Collided with Martin B57ECanberra|
and crashed. Candlestick mission.
Crew bailed out with one survivor
(Lt. T.M. Turner)
1Lt Joseph Fanning
1Lt John S. Albright
1Lt Morgan Donahue
MSgt. Fredrick Clarke
TSgt. Samuel Walker
TSgt. Douglas Daley
Chu Lai AB
|309SOS||During ferry flight a Provider crashed|
due to the wrong type fuel being
pumped into the aircraft..jet fuel
instead of av gas. Loadmaster
Pat Murray survived.
Lt. Col Richard A. Brown
(311th)1Lt Roger Strout
SSgt Jesse Bradshaw (309th)
|5/18/1969||54-0639||Bien Hoa||310 SOS||On an airlift sortie the Provider|
had its port engine damaged by
12.7 mm ground fire near Tanh
Linh and tried to make an emergency
landing at Bien Hoa but crashed
six miles north of the airfield.
1Lt. Neil W. Hayden
1 Lt. Douglas M . Evans
MSgt. Duane L. Hartenhoff
TSgt. Kermit B. Roberts
SSgt. Carl J. Wanner
Sgt. Milton J. Bush
|10/10/1969||54-0642||Kien Giang||19th SOS||Crashed on take- off from Roc|
Ghia; The Provider suddenly
banked left and crashed. Suspected
fuel starvation due to steep climb
Capt William Unckrich
1Lt Charles Burrell
TSgt Harry Shepard
SSgt Lavoyn Jones
A1C Leland Johnson
|12/17/1969||55-4562||Gia Nghia||310 SOS||Undershot landing; broke up and|
destroyed by fire. 4 survivors.
Provider was carrying fuel payload.
SSgt. Gary V. Clark
|1/3/1970||54-0688||Binh Thuy||19th TAS||While landing the C-123 hit part |
of the arresting gear used for fighters,
blew a main tire, and veered off the
runway into a rice paddy. All 5
survived. After a few days acids
in the rice paddy destroyed the
aircraft, so it was a total loss
except for the engines.
|8/10/1970||55-4527|| Cam Ranh |
|310 TAS||The C-123 was using full flaps|
during a practice assault landing
at Cam Ranh Bay when a flap
hinge broke causing uncontrollable
roll. Crashed into the sea almost
upside down just short of the runway.
The loadmaster survived.
Maj Grant Waugh
Capt Dwaine Mattox
TSgt Bernard Morrill
|19th TAS||Poor weather (broken overcast at|
2000ft & 1500m visibility; in
route to Nha Trang when it struck
trees on a ridge at 4600ft some
500 ft below top; wreck found
9 days post accident.
1Lt Marvin Arthington
Maj Robert Baker
1Lt Fredrick Rader III
TSgt Willian O’Kieff
Sgt Allen Bodin
A1C Fredrick Neff
73 ARVN Troops
|11/29/1970||54-0649||15 miles |
South of Cam
|310 TAS||On flight from Phan Rang to Cam|
Ranh Bay in poor weather, the
C123 crashed into high ground
at 2700 ft. Thirty US Military/
11 USAF personnel plus 10 ARVN
troops were killed. Two ARVN
survivors were found 5 days later
walking toward a road. Capt Vincent
Fairbrother and Sgt Gary Aldredge
survived and found 7 days after crash.
Capt. Cecil Moyer
Capt. Norbert Podhajsky
1Lt James Saxby
SSgt Grayson Newberry
SSgt Harry Watson
|2/10/1971||56-4373||Phan Rang||310 TAS||Spraying for malarial mosquitoes;|
Provider was making low passes for
1Lt Milton Deas
1Lt Richard O’Keefe
L/C Daniel Tate
MSgt Donald Dunn
TSgt Clyde Hanson
|3/19/1971||54-0650||Thein Ngon||19th TAS||Caught fire on landing w/nose|
gear collapse. Four survived
|12/24/1971||54-613||Long Tieng||Air Amer||An airplane taxied into rubber|
fuel drum; fuel ignited and burned
C123 which was unloading the fuel.
|12/27/1971||57-6293||81km w Kuang Prabang||Air Amer||Possibly shot down on a|
peppergrinder flt w. full load of ammo
George L. Ritter
|Near Pleiku||Air Amer||En route SGN to PXU||Leeker|
|Air Amer||Left Vang Vieng w/ 13,500 Lbs|
palletized ordnance and hit hill
in Nammeui Valley, 20 ft below
ridge line at 4850 ft elevation in
and 5 passengers
|12/6/1972||54-648||3km S of|
|Air Amer||Shot down. Lost both ailerons,|
1/2 the elevator and finally the
rudder; all 4 crew bailed out.
Airplane crashed and burned (cargo:
ammunition and gernades for
2 drop zones in Laos. First had
been completed. Neil Hansen,
WC Crothers and Thai kickers
Sampop and Booma.
|Air Amer||Shot down by missile on flight to |
Savannakhet with 12,000 lbs of
general cargo. Both pilots missing
; one kicker killed when jumped
without parachute; the other survived,
Howard Boyles Jr
|Air Amer||Destroyed by impact and fire. Driver|
was a Tuskee Airman.
|5/13/1974||55-4531||6.5km s of|
|Air Amer||Struck by hostile fire (SA7 Missile)l|
Forced landing carried out in hostile
area; airplane was abandoned. On
way to SGN
|7/27/1974||57-6294||9km S of|
|Air Amer||Cargo mission. Had delivered rice |
to refugees at Phnom Penh and
was returning to Saigon when
struck by Strella surface to air
4 Chinese crew +
V. L. Lee, Jr. an
Air Amer employee
|1/3/1975||54-625||9km s of |
|Air Amer||Dalat/Cam-Ly to Nha Trang; |
shot down by SA-7 missile;
wreckage found 4 d later by
AA Bell 204B
| 3 China Airline|
employees + 6 pax