Accident Grumman A-6C Intruder 155647, Friday 8 January 1971
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Date:Friday 8 January 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic A6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Grumman A-6C Intruder
Owner/operator:VA-145, US Navy
Registration: 155647
MSN: I-373
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near USS Ranger (CVA-61) in Gulf of Tonkin, off North Vietnam -   Vietnam
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:USS Ranger (CVA-61) off east coast of Vietnam
Destination airport:USS Ranger (CVA-61) off east coast of Vietnam
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
A‑6C Intruder BuNo. 155647/'NE-5' of VA‑145 on board the USS Ranger (CVA-61); Destroyed on combat operations January 8, 1971 when ditched in front of the USS Ranger in the Gulf of Tonkin off North Vietnam, shortly after launch, and at approximate Coordinates: 17'55.59" North 107'20.57" East. According to the following published report:

"On January 8, 1971, Commander Keith R. Curry was the pilot of an A-6C Intruder (BuNo. 155647) operating off the USS Ranger CVA-61. The bombardier/navigator was Lt Commander G. Smith. While on night maneuvers the aircraft ditched in front of the Ranger into Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of North Vietnam. Lt Commander Smith was able to successfully eject and was rescued. Commander Curry did not eject and was classified killed in action/body not recovered".


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

Revision history:

20-Aug-2013 09:00 Uli Elch Added
20-Aug-2013 09:37 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
23-Mar-2016 19:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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