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I am not sure the Air Crew Loss list came with us when the site moved from herkybirds.com

I could have missed it in the search and maybe it is here.

If not, I do have the entire PDF C-130 Aircrew Loss List current through 2006. I can get it to whoever handles the webmaster duties.

PM me if you want it.

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Ken,

She was a Naha bird, 41st I believe. She was shot down on May 22, 1968 during a Blind Bat mission.

Sonny

You have the right month but missed the tail# by 1 it was 56-0476 I was a radio repairman 30150 TDY from Naha flew a mission 3 weeks before on her rotated back to Naha before she went down. I have strange story about Gary Pate a loadmaster lost on this aircraft.( [email protected] )
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You have the right month but missed the tail# by 1 it was 56-0476 I was a radio repairman 30150 TDY from Naha flew a mission 3 weeks before on her rotated back to Naha before she went down. I have strange story about Gary Pate a loadmaster lost on this aircraft.( [email protected] )

I believe I am correct with the tail number. It was 56-0477 that was shot down on May 22, 1968. I was still a Blind Bat Crew Chief when it happened.

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I believe I am correct with the tail number. It was 56-0477 that was shot down on May 22, 1968. I was still a Blind Bat Crew Chief when it happened.

May 22 1968

56-0477

Laos

LCOL

William H Mason

Blind Bat

May 22 1968

56-0477

Laos

Major

Jerry L Chambers

Shot Down

May 22 1968

56-0477

Laos

Capt

William T McPhail

May 22 1968

56-0477

Laos

Capt

Thomas B Mitchell

May 22 1968

56-0477

Laos

SSGT

Calvin C Glover

May 22 1968

56-0477

Laos

SGT

Gary Pate

May 22 1968

56-0477

Laos

A1C

John Q Adam

May 22 1968

56-0477

Laos

A1C

Thomas E Knebel

May 22 1968

56-0477

Laos

A1C

Melvin D Rash

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I can relate to the maintenance guys flying on Blind Bat missions because I was one of them.  I was in the Prop shop tdy out of Naha.  I flew at least once a month and my last flight was on 56-0477. May 2, 1968 I flew and then rotated back to Naha.  I only knew the crew because of that one flight but I will never forget them.  On a side note, I came across photos of the recovery process where 0477 was found but can't get back to the link.  If anyone has these I would like to see them again.  It's an touching process the MIA teams do.

Ron

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