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From “Vietnam Air Losses” by Chris Hobson–25 July 1966On 25 July 1966 MAG-11’s C-117D commenced its take off from Da Nang on a routine transport flight carrying 31 passengers and crew.  Soon after lift off the aircraft stalled and crashed killing seven of those on board and injuring most of the survivors.  This aircraft was originally built as a C-47A but was first delivered to the Navy?s VR-1 squadron in August 1944 designated as an R4D-5.  It was converted to the much-modified C-117D version of the Skytrain in 1950.Listed as “Killed While Flying” was the following:Lt. Col. David CleelandMaj. Clifton Bishop AndrewsMaj. Gerard Martin KieswetterCapt. Jerome Cordell WintersSgt. Robert Clayton MooreGySgt.Willis Shepherd BowmanCpl. Mickey Ray Grable23 passengers survived.

note:  this entry at www.thewall-usa.com tells a slightly different story.

James Lindsay

lindsayj@planetc.com

With him, on the plane3121, Point Pleasant Rd., Newport, TN., 37821, USA

Thank you, for your service to our nation. I was with you on the plane, that day and for 40 years, I thought of those that were with me that day, as well as their families. In the fall, of 2005, I met a man in Branson, MO. Who ask me about my scars? I told him, I was in a plane crash, the 25th, of July 1966, in DaNang. We parted, without exchanging names and went on the rest of our vacation. Upon returning home, we had a message on the phone recorder, from the Motel in Branson. I called and the Manager told me the man that asked me, about my scars had called the motel many times trying to locate me. I gave her, my phone number and he called a short time later, to tell me he knew the man, that pulled us off the plane that day. I went to Texas, to meet this man and from that visit, ultimately found the daughter of Major Andrews, (killed in the crash), who was just 12 years old, when she lost her Father. I went, to meet her and she had a flight accident report with a passenger manifest, that listed all aboard that day, name, rank and service number. There were 29 aboard, that day, 8 died, 21 survived. Since that day, in November, of 2005, I have found 19 of the 21 survivors, and one answered a web posting , but not me. We had a reunion, this year and along with the survivors, we were blessed to have two, of Major Andrew’s, daughters and LtCol Cleeland?s, son. If anyone, has any info, of family members, please contact me at lindsayj@planetc.com or call 423-625-1917, 3121 Point Pleasant Rd, Newport, TN., 37821.

Aug 28, 2007

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