Accident Grumman A-6A Intruder 151590, Thursday 19 January 1967
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Date:Thursday 19 January 1967
Type:Silhouette image of generic A6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Grumman A-6A Intruder
Owner/operator:VA-85, US Navy
Registration: 151590
MSN: I-72
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Dong Phong Thuong Transportation Complex, North Vietnam -   Vietnam
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) off coast of Vietnam
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The first A-6 loss for VA-85 in 1967 occurred on 19 January 1967 when 'NH 510' (BuNo 151590), call sign "BUCKEYE 510" flown by 'Black Falcon' XO, Commander Al Brady, and his B/N Lt Commander Bill Yarbrough (of the Uong Bi strike on the previous cruise), was hit by AAA while attacking a bridge in daylight. Shot down by AAA 6 miles from Dong Phong Thuong Transportation Complex, Thanh Hoa Province, North Vietnam, at approximate co ordinates 19°58'N, 105°52'E.

Both crew ejected, and although Brady became a PoW, Yarbrough, a highly regarded former enlisted man and A3D B/N, was killed when his parachute failed to deploy properly. According to a published source:

"Approximately six miles out, the Intruder heard an APR-27 warbler (indicating a probable SAM launching), the A-6A 'commencing hard, descending turns'. While doing so, enemy rounds struck Buckeye 510, separating the aircraft and 'causing two airborne fireballs'. Yarbrough died but Brady survived, only to be taken prisoner. He did not return home until 4 April 1973".

As for Bill Yarborough: He was continued in MIA status until the Secretary of the Navy approved a Presumptive Finding of Death on 24 February 1976. In August 1985 the Vietnamese government turned over human remains to the US government. On 7 October 1985, the Department of Defense announced that William P. Yarbrough's remains had been positively identified. He was buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery (Plot A-1-614) on 8 November 1985.


1. A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War By Rick Morgan, Jim Laurier

Revision history:

31-Aug-2012 05:56 Uli Elch Added
15-Mar-2016 20:53 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2016 20:55 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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