Britt, Aquilla Friend, Maj

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1967-1967, 1021A, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1955 - 1967
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Casualty Info
Home Town
El Cajon
Last Address

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1967
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
El Camino Memorial Park - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
28E 064

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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
00-11 UNTBombardment Units2nd Bombardment Squadron, Medium99th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
1st Bombardment Squadron, Medium75th Military Airlift Squadron469th Tactical Fighter Squadron388th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1955-1956, 0006, 00-11 UNT
  1957-1963, 19th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1957-1963, 2nd Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1963-1965, 1021A, 99th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1963-1965, 1021A, 1st Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1965-1967, 1021A, 75th Military Airlift Squadron
  1967-1967, 1021A, 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1967, 1021A, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam Air Offensive Campaign (1966-67)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  T-34 Mentor  B-47 Stratojet  C-141 Starlifter  
F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  
  1955-1956, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1955-1956, T-34 Mentor
  1957-1965, B-47 Stratojet
  1965-1967, C-141 Starlifter
  1967-1967, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
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Last Known Activity
Maj. Britt died on October 25, 1967 while returning from his 100th mission with the 469th Tac. Fighter Sqdrn, Korat Royal AB, Thailand. While still in the air and enroute home in his F-105D tail number 59-1737 Major Britt was instructed to proceed to Tan Son Nhut AB, Saigon, to brief the 7th Air Force Staff on this current mission. Maj. Britt instructed his wingman to take over the flight and lead the others from the mission home to Korat. Despite a fierce tropical storm covering Tan Son Nhut he was able to land safely; however, another aircraft, a C-123K tail number 54-0667 from Phan Rang had been instructed to back taxi down the runway to parking when the aircraft commander Capt. Jack M. Dole had aborted his takeoff attempt do the approaching Thunderstorm. Major Britt's F-105 struck the left wing and fuselage and the C-123 burst into flames and the F-105 cart-wheeled down the runway. Maj.Britt, unable to eject, died in the crash. He was 5 days from his DEROS.
Hobsons Vietnam Air Losses  writes "Apparently, Maj. Britt had been ordered to Tan Son Nhut to take part in a special ceremony to celebrate his 100th mission. F-105D 59-1737 was painted as "Cherry Boy" during it's time with the 469th"
Attached is a letter written to his family in the States, by Lt. Col F.D. McGowan who was at TanSon Nhut that day and witnessed the Disaster.

Thursday 26 Oct. 1967 ( Tan Son Nhut)
Dear Norma Mike &Patty:

Had a bad accident on the runway last night.  A C-123 was cleared by the Tower to taxi cross the active runway.  When it got to the middle of the runway, an F-105 had just landed and hit him broadside. It spun the C-123 around and the F-105 started cartwheeleing down the runway and wraped the airplane around the pilot. He was killed instantly, and three men in the C-123 died in the hospital. What I heard was the C-123 thought he had landed at Bien Hoa. One more accident that shouldn't have happened. I saw theaircraft this morning and there's not very much left of either. The C-123 burned.

Love Dad.
Col. F.D.McGowen

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