Accident Lockheed C-130E Hercules 64-0511, Tuesday 31 May 1966
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Date:Tuesday 31 May 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed C-130E Hercules
Owner/operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 64-0511
MSN: 3995
Year of manufacture:1964
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:ca 35 km from Thanh Hoa Bridge, Song Ma River -   Vietnam
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN)
Destination airport:Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN)
The Hercules was carrying several floating mass-focus bombs in an attempt to blow up the Thanh Hoa Bridge over the Song Ma River ("Carolina Moon" mission). A large explosion was observed in the vicinity of the bridge and the airplane failed to return.
The aircraft was shot down by North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gunners during the run-up to the target. The aircraft crashed 20-25 miles west of the bridge.


Vietnam Air Losses : United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft losses in Southeast Asia 1961-1973 / Chris Hobson


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