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Guam Crash in the Seventies

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On Wednesday, June 01, 2016 at 5:50 PM, DRFransen said:

To Texas Rick: I am Darrell Fransen, I was the Crew Chief of record on 1841 when it went down, my name was in the 781's!. Due to an impending PCS out of Clark AB; I was not able to accompany "my bird" back for PDM. It was on a ferry flight to Warner Robins. Al (Amos) Newsom took my place on that ill fated flight; his wife had recently given birth (to a girl as I recall) and he was over-joyed at the prospect of seeing his wife and new child. I still get weepy when thinking about this. I did not know any of the flight crew. I remember that I was staying off-base and someone got word to me that I was needed immediately at the squadron. I had no idea what new I would get, but when they told me, I sat down and cried. I used to have a copy of the preliminary accident report, but many years of moving have taken their toll on many things that I tried to keep. The night vision problem and impacting the runway after take off are fact. I pray that this ads a little humanity to the facts.

To Tx Rick: My name is Sonny Naranjo CMSGT USAF (ret.) I was the Loadmaster assigned to this crew. I was assigned to the 776 TAS just 5 months prior to the crash and decided I did not want to go on leave because i wanted to save it so your dad took my place.

 

On Wednesday, June 01, 2016 at 5:50 PM, DRFransen said:

To Texas Rick: I am Darrell Fransen, I was the Crew Chief of record on 1841 when it went down, my name was in the 781's!. Due to an impending PCS out of Clark AB; I was not able to accompany "my bird" back for PDM. It was on a ferry flight to Warner Robins. Al (Amos) Newsom took my place on that ill fated flight; his wife had recently given birth (to a girl as I recall) and he was over-joyed at the prospect of seeing his wife and new child. I still get weepy when thinking about this. I did not know any of the flight crew. I remember that I was staying off-base and someone got word to me that I was needed immediately at the squadron. I had no idea what new I would get, but when they told me, I sat down and cried. I used to have a copy of the preliminary accident report, but many years of moving have taken their toll on many things that I tried to keep. The night vision problem and impacting the runway after take off are fact. I pray that this ads a little humanity to the facts.

 

On Wednesday, June 01, 2016 at 5:50 PM, DRFransen said:

To Texas Rick: I am Darrell Fransen, I was the Crew Chief of record on 1841 when it went down, my name was in the 781's!. Due to an impending PCS out of Clark AB; I was not able to accompany "my bird" back for PDM. It was on a ferry flight to Warner Robins. Al (Amos) Newsom took my place on that ill fated flight; his wife had recently given birth (to a girl as I recall) and he was over-joyed at the prospect of seeing his wife and new child. I still get weepy when thinking about this. I did not know any of the flight crew. I remember that I was staying off-base and someone got word to me that I was needed immediately at the squadron. I had no idea what new I would get, but when they told me, I sat down and cried. I used to have a copy of the preliminary accident report, but many years of moving have taken their toll on many things that I tried to keep. The night vision problem and impacting the runway after take off are fact. I pray that this ads a little humanity to the facts.

To Tx Rick: My name is Sonny Naranjo CMSGT USAF (ret.) I was the Loadmaster permanantly assigned to this crew. I was assigned to the 776 TAS just 5 months prior to the crash of 1841. I decided I did not want to go on leave with my crew because I wanted to save it so your dad Sgt Maas took my place. Maj. Ed King was a very domineering Aircraft Commander who was always very hard on Lt Hicks the Copilot and the rest of us on the crew. Each time we took off Maj King instructed Lt Hicks to immediately raise the landing gear when the aircraft lifted off the ground. He would lower the nose to momentarily to stay in ground effect and then would pull up hard on the yoke so that the aircraft would climb quicker. The runway at Guam had a slight incline at mid point and at the end. I believe that Maj King may have used this take off procedure and the aircraft inadvertently contacted the ground hard at midpoint and then struck the runway a second time at the end exploding and going off the cliff. 

I think about this accident and the loss of those fine men I served with all the time. I live in San Antonio now so I hope this brings a little more closure to friends and loved ones. 

Sonny

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