Postfade Posted September 28, 2013 Share Posted September 28, 2013 C-130A 50041 c/n [cn]3068[/cn] visited one of the Royal Air Force bases in Singapore, RAF Changi (now Singapore Airport) in January 1963. It was accompanying a US Navy WV-2Q 135749 which at the time was carrying a tailcode of 'KR2'. This 'Willie Victor' was later shot down whilst serving with VQ-1 in 1969 by North Korean Mig-17's as it was carrying out a patrol along the North Korean coast. The 31 crew all perished. The C-130A 50041 at the time looked like a C-130B-II version, although I see your records still show it as a standard C-130A. It had Hamilton Standard 4 bladed props, the extra large underwing tanks (ECM pods) and had a radio aerial from mid-fuselage to tail. All these fittings were I believe on the C-130B-II's. Another C-130A 70483 came in a day or so before 50041 and the WV-2 and it also had 4 bladed props, but no underwing tanks at all. All the previous Hercs, both USAF and Aussie that I'd seen had been normal C-130A's with the 3 bladed Aero Product props. Was 50041 possibly operating with the 6091st Reconnaissance Squadron at Yokota, which used the C-130B-II in the ECM role? By the way this was the second time that a US Air Force C-130 had accompanied a US Navy WV-2 into RAF Changi. The earlier occasion had been when WV-2 145926 from the Pacific Missile Range, NAS Point Mugu, had come in with C-130A 50037...but they had been tracking Cmdr.John Glenn's splashdown in 'Freedom 7' (Feb '62) Here's one of my photos of 50041 with it's Navy friend: David Taylor Dorset UK Visit www.focalplanes.co.uk to see hundreds of aircraft photos from Singapore 1961-1964. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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