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United States Navy VA-85, CVW-11

A-6A Intruder

152589
NH-512

24th April 1967
Repatriated: 4th March 1973

(CVA-63)USS Kitty Hawk
Lt. Lewis Irv Williams Jr.

Pilot Lt. Lewis I. Williams and Bombardier/Navigator Lt. Cdr. Michael D. Christian were assigned to Attack Squadron 85 onboard the USS  KITTY HAWK (CVA 63). On April 24, 1967, their A6A Intruder attack  bomber was launched on a daylight  strike mission into North Vietnam.

Approximately 3 miles from the target, their port (left) wing was hit by 85mm  anti-aircraft fire and was subsequently engulfed in flames. Lt. Williams  reversed course and jettisoned his ordnance before both crewmen ejected. Both  men were seen to land in an open field about 100 yards apart and established  radio contact with airborne aircraft. The crewmen appeared uninjured and  reported their condition as good. The ejection occurred in a well-defended,  populated area near the city of Kep in Ha Bac Province, and capture was almost
immediate.
 Williams and Christian were held in various locations in Hanoi, North Vietnam  before they were released in March 1973. Lewis I. Williams, Jr

 

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Lt. Lewis I. Williams Jr.