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Fire in Flight – Page 13.

http://www.pathatch.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Reg-Manning-Shootdown-of-C-130B.pdfWe heard later from the intel gurus that an airstrike had been called in on the area around the approach to runway 34 at Katum shortly after our shootdown.  I vaguely remember a BDA report that indicated there had been some enemy KIA's, etc.  The story we heard was that there was some elusive bad guy driving around with a pair of .50 cals mounted on the back of a Jeep raising havoc with aircraft in that area.  Almost exactly one year later, a C-130B was shot down in this same area around Katum.  For some insight into this "Duty Anti-Aircraft Gunner," see Reg Manning's excellent article here about this B model shootdown.  Seems to me our intel troops should have been listening to Reg Manning. At the end of his article, Reg has added a chilling account from Jim Hoogerwerf, pilot in the same squadron and colleague of this ill-fated crew. The similarities are striking, but this crew was not as fortunate as we were, may God rest their souls.

Here are some more of the postmortem pictures:

Fig. 24 - What was left of the 155mm howitzer in the fuselage.

Fig. 23 - What was left of the 155mm howitzer in the fuselage.

Fig. 25 - Center wing section totally collapsed.

Fig. 24 - Center wing section totally collapsed.

Fig. 26 - Another view of the howitzer and flare canisters inside the fuselage.

Fig. 25 - Another view of the howitzer and flare canisters inside the fuselage.

Fig. 27 - This looks an awful lot like the base commander that chewed me out.

Fig. 26 - The guy in the center looks an awful lot like the base commander that chewed me out.

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  1. What a great site, totally enjoying it.
    As Jerry Goff mentioned in his post, there was a squadron of F-104’s (479th TFW)that rotated from Taiwan to Danang and back. I was attached to that squadron from 1964-1967. and served in Thailand (at Udorn Thani) as well. Two of my trips from the US to SEA were made in a C-130. Not a particularly comfortable flight across the Pacific, but once in country it was good to be on such a versitile aircraft. My first landing in one was at Danang, at 0300, in a raging downpour, with Charlie trying to get us on the ground faster than
    we wanted to get there.

  2. pat,amigo mio.llevo años buscandote por favor contactame a mi mail.gracias.chico.


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