Bradford, Ellsworth Smith, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
23152-Still Photographic Specialist
Last AFSC Group
Photographic Services
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1947 - 1969
Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam

Casualty Date
Oct 11, 1969
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Sheridan Post Cemetery - Highwood, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
17W 065/ Section 9 Plot 205

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600th Photographic Squadron7th Air Force
  1969-1969, 600th Photographic Squadron
  1969-1969, 7th Air Force
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AC-119G/K Shadow/Stinger  
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11 October 1969, SSgt Bradford, an aerial photographer was aboard an AC-119 aircraft which took off from Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, on a combat gunship mission.  He was killed when immediately after lift off, the port engine caught fire and the aircraft went into a sharp descending left turn, hitting the ground and bursting into flames.


The crew of "C" Flight, 17th Special Operations Squadron, 14th Special Operations Wing flew out of Tan Son Nhut AB in 1969, flying the AC-119.

According to the onsite history, "the first AC-119G Aircraft Loss was the crash of 'Shadow 76' at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. Five of eight crewmembers killed. A USAF photographer from the 600th Photo Squadron was also onboard and was killed." It crashed on take off. Details of the crash state that the port engine caught fire and the aircraft went into a sharp descending left turn, hitting the ground and bursting into flame.?

Those killed on this aircraft were:

Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Knapic, 17th SOS
Captain John H. Hathaway, 17th SOS
Major Moses L. Alves, 17th SOS
Major Jerome J. Rice, 17th SOS
Staff Sergeant Abraham L. Moore, 17th SOS
SSgt. Ellsworth Smith Bradford, 600th Photo. Squadron


I was privileged to know Ellsworth, but only for two weeks before he was killed. Those memories of him making everyone laugh will be with me forever. I also worked his crash site, and have a special place and memory in my heart for him. Posted by: Milton E. Hanauer Jr. We served together.

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