Ayres, Gerald Francis, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1585A-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1971-1972, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
Service Years
1950 - 1972
Major

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Home State
Delaware
Delaware
Year of Birth
1939
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by A3C Michael S. Bell to remember Ayres, Gerald Francis (Spectre 11), Maj.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
New Castle

Casualty Date
Jun 18, 1972
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 044

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 Unit Assignments
16th Special Operations Squadron8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1971-1972, 16th Special Operations Squadron
  1971-1972, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II  
  1971-1972, AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 18 June 1972, Capt. Paul F. Gilbert, pilot; Capt. Robert A. Wilson, co-pilot; Maj. Robert H. Harrison, navigator; Capt. Mark G. Danielson, electronic warfare officer; TSgt. Richard M. Cole, Jr., flight engineer; SSgt. Leon A. Hunt, aerial gunner; TSgt. Richard E. Nyhof, aerial gunner; TSgt. Larry J. Newman, aerial gunner; SMSgt. Jacob E. Mercer, aerial gunner; SSgt. Stanley L. Lehrke, aerial gunner; TSgt. Donald H. Klinke, crew member; Maj. Gerald F. Ayres, crew member; and three unidentified men who were rescued the next day, comprised the 15-man crew of an AC130A Spectre gunship on a night operational mission to attack elite NVA forces known to be in that area. At 2355 hours it was struck by intense hostile fire (possibly a missile), exploded in the air, and went down near the A Shau Valley, Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. Multiple emergency beepers were immediately heard by other US forces, and according the debriefing statements given by the men who were rescued, a bailout order was given by Captain Gilbert, and at least one additional parachute was observed by them.


   
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Rec:d 12 Jan 2010:

a/1c steve callahan
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i served with a jerry ayres in the 830 radron in boston in the early 60s he went to ocs [ one of the last classes held] i ran into him in 1963 @ keesler afb he was then a 2nd lt. i have often wondered what happned to him. after keeslar 30150 i went to the 718 acw sq. in unalakleet alaska and from there back keeslar for some cross training and then to se asia. after my discharge [travis afb] i finished school @ univ of california berkley went on to hastings law school in san francisco and got my jd.

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