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680505   HMM-165     Vietnam

Incident Date 680505 HMM-165 CH-46A 152531+ Hostile Fire, Crash

[CREW]
Connelly Jr., Edward Walter Capt Pilot HMM-165 MAG-36 680505 (vvm 55E:007)


CONNELLY EDWARD WALTER JR : 093033 : USMCR : CAPT : O3 : 7562 (H-46) : 24 : AGAWAM : MA : 19680505 : hostile, crash, land : AircraftCommander : body recovered : Quang Tri :02 : 19440110 : Cauc : Protestant/single : 55E : 007 : SILVER STAR 5MAY68


Incident Details:
5 May 1968. The situation was becoming critical for a number of Marine medevacs who were pinned down by intense enemy fire
when Capt E.W. CONNELLY nosed his CH-46 over and charged for their position. The zone was not clearly marked and required that Capt CONNELLY expose himself and his aircraft for some time in order to locate the pick-up point. Finally the med-evacs were spotted and loaded aboard the aircraft, but when a take-off was attempted, intense enemy fire downed the aircraft wounding the co-pilot. Another CH-46 swooped to the rescue but too late to save Capt CONNELLY who was mortally
wounded after escaping his burning aircraft. Captain CONNELLY courageously gave his life while attempting to aid his fellow Marines.

CH-46A BuNo 152531/YW-2 at approx 1600 hours

Submitted by Sid Nanson, Independent Researcher

Incident Details:
The grid was given as YD243647
Submitted by Sid Nanson, Independent Researcher, UK


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