Accident Grumman A-6A Intruder 152609, Monday 17 April 1967
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Date:Monday 17 April 1967
Time:11:12 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Grumman A-6A Intruder
Owner/operator:VMA(AW)-242 USMC
Registration: 152609
MSN: I-157
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:20 miles SE of Vinh, Nghe An Province, North Vietnam -   Vietnam
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Da Nang AB, South Vietnam
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Reportedly destroyed by enemy AAA during a combat mission on April 17 1967. The A-6s of VMA(AW)-242 US Mariones took off from Da Nang Air Base at 22:35 hrs in one-minute trail formation due to poor weather. Aircraft was lost on a Rolling Thunder mission 20 miles south-east of Vinh, Nghe An Province, North Vietnam. The assigned targets were 10 miles north of Vinh and planned penetration point was 10 miles south of Vinh at an altitude of 500 feet at maximum power.

The pilot of another aircraft arriving over the target area one minute later reported at 11:12 hours local time seeing a bright orange flash at 1,400 feet as the A-6A was pulling up for a 'toss bomb' manoeuvre,. after 'which no further communications were heard from the lost aircraft.

Since the second plane observed no ECM warnings, it is being assumed that the aircraft collided with the terrain. The area of the accident has several mountains with an altitude equal to or greater than the run-in altitude. Both crew members are being carried as missing in action: Captain James Edward Carlton (pilot) and Major James Maurice McGarvey (Bombardier/Navigator)


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

Revision history:

19-Aug-2013 08:24 Uli Elch Added
19-Aug-2013 08:46 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Location, Country, Narrative]
19-Aug-2013 09:24 Uli Elch Updated [Operator]
16-Mar-2016 14:55 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Dec-2019 21:58 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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