C-123's in SEA
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A/C
Location
Unit
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Crewmembers KIA
Hobson
Pg
2/2/1962
56-4370
Between Bien
Hoa  and 
Vung Tau
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   
5
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
 
5
7/15/1962
56-4366
24kmS Ban
 Me Thout
777TCS/
464 TCW
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
 by helicopter.

 
5
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 
Troops survived.  
6
11/27/1962
20233
5.6 Km SW of
Xieng 
Khouang
(Laos)
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
Fredrick Riley
Donald Heritage
 
Charles Swain
survived
Leeker
4/12/1963
56-4380
Naknon 
Phanom
777TCS/
464TCW
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
SSgt.Donald Carson
 (died 4/15/63)
6
9/28/1963
55-4513
Maha 
Sarakham
Thailand
311TCS/
315TCG
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
 crewmembers survived.
 
7
10/24/1963
56-4385
104 km S
 of Saigon
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.
7
2/16/1964
UNK
UNK
UNK
1 survivor; shot down by a NVN 
T-28
UNK
ASN
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
9/12/1964
540-20237
Ban Na, Laos
Air Am
Crew member fell out with the load,
 was not wearing a parachute.
Howland Baker
Leeker
10/24/1964
55-4549
Near Phum
Dak Dam,
 Cambodia
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)
11
12/22/1964
55-4522
10Km from
 DaNang;
 Monkey Mtn
MACV-SOG
Project Duck Hook ; may be listed as
 crashed Feb 13 1965. Mystery
 surrounds this crash.
 
Leeker
3/28/1965
57-6292
Da Nang AB
311 ACS
Destroyed in ground collision with 
VNAF A1. 4 crew survived
 
16
5/12/1965
55-4516
Hon Quan
310ACS
Crashed due to pilot error during a
 flight in So VN. 5 crew survived
 
20
6/11/1965
56-4379
13km S of 
Holloway Field
310ACS
Hit mountain while attempting a 
supply drop in bad weather
Maj. Samuel Ganci
Capt Alvin J.Dimond
Capt. TerrenceTitus
SSgt Paul Dawson
SSgt Merle E. Estes
SSgt Norman  Williams
AIC James Coy
22
6/27/1965
 
Xom Long
 Dinh
MACV-SOG
Special
 Activities Squadron
Mysterious crash; provider thought
 to have exploded mid-air during 
bombing raid, flare drop or evacuating
 civilians.
Capt Carl Edwin
Jackson
SSgt Billie
Roth
14 Chinese
nationalists.
23
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
 
37
11/13/1965 
5007X
Udorn AB,
 Thailand 
Air Am
Fell from C-123B while taxiing
Rizel J. Alamares
 
11/21/1965
55-4530
Da Nang 
Airport
315ACG
Crashed 1 mile short of runway in
 heavy rain, high winds and darkness
 after suffering an engine failure. 
5 crewed survived.
 
40
11/18/1965
20199
55-4538
Sayaboury
Air Am
Stalled and crashed on take-off. 
5 crew and 58 passengers injured
 
Leeker
11/29/1965
54-0651
South VN
309ACS
Shot down by ground fire;
 both crew survived.
 
40
12/11/1965
56-4376
32 kmW of
 Tuy Hoa
309 ACS
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
42
1/4/1966
56-4369
Tanh Linh
315ACG
Crash-landed after engine failure.
 All 5 crewmembers survived.
 Possibly on flare mission.
 
46
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.
 Bagnant survived.
 
46
1/13/1966
55-4519
An Khe
310ACS
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
47
1/25/1966
54-0702
9km E of An
 Khe on a 
mountain 
 by Hwy 19
 just east of An
 Khe Pass 
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
48
2/3/1966
55-4537
16 km from
Khe Sanh
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)
49
4/13/1966
56-4382
Tan Son Nhut
315 ACW
VC mortar attack destroyed the
 Provider on the ground.
 
55
5/17/1966
55-4534
near Vinh
 Thanh
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
59
6/20/1966
56-4378
5km N of
Tam Ky
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.
 
62
6/30/1966
54-0644 or
(55-4644)
Qui Nhon AB
310ACS/
315ACW
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 
seriously injured
 and died on
 7/26/66 
64
10/31/1966
54-0597
13km W of
 Lai Khe
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.
 
79
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
 paratroopers.
 
82
1/4/1967
56-4372
Buny Buny
19 ACS
The Provider was destroyed on landing. 
 Five crew survived
 
85
1/31/1967
54-0611
24km W 
Sepone
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
rew.
Capt. Roy Kubley
Maj. Lloyd Walker
Capt. Harvey Mulhauser
Capt. Howard L. Barden
A1C Ronald K. Miyazaki
87
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 
safely.
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.
 
95
7/20/1967
54-0630
Near Gia Vuc
12thACS
Defoliation Mission; shot down by
 small arms and burst into flames
 and crashed.
Lt. Col. Everett Foster
Maj Allan Stearns
Maj Donald Steinbrunner
SSgt. Irvin Weyandt
Sgt Le Tan Bo (VNAF)
110
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
8 passengers
including Ranch
Hand Crew: 
 Capt. William B. Mahone,
Capt Virgil K. Kelley,
TSgt Jacklin M. Boatwright
and TSgt. Harold C. Cook.
116
10/25/1967
54-0667
Tan Son
 Nhut airport
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
 crewmembers survived.
SSgt Curtis E. Stieferman
Died 4 Nov
Survived crash 
but went back
to save crewmember
and inhaled flames
and was extensively burned.
122
 12/8/1967
54-
0582 
87km sw
 of Ban Me
 Thot 
310th ACS 
Crash attributed to pilot error. All 5
 survived 
 
128 
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.
 
139
3/6/1968
54-0590
1.6km S of
 Khe Sanh
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 
Aerial Port
Sqdn) plus
44 US Marines
1 Combat 
Photographer
140
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.
 
141
3/24/68 
54-
0589 
Nakhom
 Phanom 
606 ACS 
A/C struck by AA over Southern
Laos. RTB to NKP and made emergency
landing.  A/C had to be scrapped. 5
crew survived
 
 
142 
3/31/1968
54-0653
Phan Rang
315 ACW
Mechanical failure on take-off
 on a troop flight; 4 survivors.
 
144
5/18/1968
54-0639
10km from
 Bien Hoa
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.
 
Leeker
5/24/1968
54-588
Near Xom
Rach Goc
 
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
150
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.
 
162
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
169
12/17/1968
54-0708
SSW of
 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 
(311th)
SSgt Jesse Bradshaw (309th)
170
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
181
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
angle.
Capt William  Unckrich
1Lt Charles Burrell
TSgt Harry Shepard
SSgt Lavoyn Jones
A1C Leland  Johnson
190
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
(14th FMS) 
 
194
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.
 
196
8/10/1970
55-4527
 Cam Ranh 
Airport
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
207
11/27/1970

55-4574
25km SW
 Nha Trang
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
209
11/29/1970
54-0649
15 miles 
South of Cam
 Ranh Bay 
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
209
2/10/1971
56-4373
Phan Rang
310 TAS
Spraying for  malarial mosquitoes;
 Provider was making low passes for 
photos.
1Lt Milton Deas
1Lt Richard O’Keefe
L/C Daniel Tate
MSgt Donald Dunn
TSgt Clyde Hanson
212
3/19/1971
54-0650
Thein Ngon
19th TAS
Caught fire on landing w/nose
 gear collapse. Four survived
 without injury
 
213
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.
 
Leeker
12/27/1971
57-6293
81km w Kuang Prabang
Air Amer
Possibly shot down on a
 peppergrinder  flt w. full load of ammo
 &wh. phosphorus
George L. Ritter
Roy Townley
Edward Weissenback
K. Saysongkham
Leeker
8/26/1972
54-675
20124
Near Pleiku
Air Amer
En route SGN to PXU
 
Leeker
8/27/1972
54-4555 or
55-20216
Near Vang
 Vieng
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
 bad weather.
William Reeves
Joel Gudahl
Kickers: Praves
Satarakij and
T. Khammanephet
and 5 passengers
Leeker
12/6/1972
54-648
3km S of
 Paksong
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.
 
Capt. Hansen
2/9/1973
56-4374
20258
near Thakhet
 East
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
Jack Cavill
P. Chaichana
Leeker
3/7/1973
20185
55-4524
Near Bon
 Hong Sa
Air Amer
Destroyed by impact and fire. Driver
 was a Tuskee Airman.
James Ackley
Clarence Driver
Chudchai  Chewcherngsuk
Kenekeo Narissack

Leeker
5/13/1974
55-4531
6.5km s of
 Tay Ninh
Air Amer
Struck by hostile fire (SA7 Missile)l
 Forced landing carried out in hostile
 area; airplane was abandoned. On
 way to SGN
 
Leeker
7/27/1974
57-6294
9km S of
 Moc Hoa
Air Amer
Cargo mission. Had delivered rice 
to refugees at Phnom Penh and 
was returning to Saigon when
 struck by Strella surface to air
 missile
4 Chinese crew +
V. L. Lee, Jr. an 
Air Amer employee  
Leeker
1/3/1975
54-625
9km s of 
nha trang
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
Leeker
 
Hobson, C.  “Vietnam Air Losses”, Midland Publishing, 2001.
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