Caniford, James Kenneth, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
43151A-Aircraft Mechanic/Illumination Operator
Last AFSC Group
Aircraft Maintenance
Primary Unit
1972-1972, 43151A, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
Service Years
1966 - 1972
Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Mar 29, 1972
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02W 121

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  1972, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2008, American Battle Monuments Commission

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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
7th Air Force16th Special Operations Squadron8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
  1971-1972, 43151A, 7th Air Force
  1972-1972, 43151A, 16th Special Operations Squadron
  1972-1972, 43151A, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing - Wolf Pack
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1972-1972 Vietnam War
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Linebacker II
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AC-130A Gunship  
  1972-1972, AC-130A Gunship
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On the night of 29 March 1972, he was a crewman aboard an AC-130A Hercules "Spectre" gunship that departed Ubon Airfield, Thailand on a night reconnaissance mission over supply routes used by North Vietnamese forces in Laos. As the aircraft was in the jungle foothills 56 miles east of Savannakhet in southern Laos, it was shot down by a Russian Surface to Air Missile (SAM).

U.S. government sources stated in February 1986 that a fighter escort plane reported that the aircraft crashed in a fireball, and that no parachutes were seen, nor was any radio contact made with the AC130 or any of its crew.

All 14 crewmen were listed Missing in Action

The U.S. and Laos excavated this aircraft's crash site in February 1986. The teams recovered a limited number of human bone fragments, personal effects, and large pieces of plane wreckage. It was later announced by the U.S. Government that the remains of Castillo, Halpin, Ramsower, Simmons, Todd, Paulson, Pearce, Wanzel and Smith had been positively identified from these bone fragments.

This same aircraft had #3 and #4 props shot off in November 1971.

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