Canup, William David, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
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Primary Unit
1968-1968, 615th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1963 - 1968
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Phan Rang AB

Casualty Date
Apr 06, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Washington Park North Cemetery - Indianapolis, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
48E 024

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
35th Tactical Fighter Wing615th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1968-1968, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1968-1968, 615th Tactical Fighter Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-100 Super Sabre  
  1967-1968, F-100 Super Sabre
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Bill replaced me on alert and was killed in the airplane we exchanged, when he took my place. He was scrambled from the alert pad later that day for a close air support mission, and his pulse was probably racing as he raced from the alert trailer at Phan Rang AB, RVN 35TFW. His crash during this combat mission has always been with me and memories of Bill are still fresh in my mind." Source: Win Reither, fellow fighter pilot, 615 TFS, 2002,

Note: Apparently the 35th TFW squadron always had two aircraft on alert, which allowed the pilots to scramble quickly for missions requiring immediate action.

"I wrote his dad a letter after hearing of Billy's death on the radio news -- hit by a missile while on a bombing run in his F-100 Super Sabre Jet after previously being shot down by parachuting out safely..."  Gordon Rose,


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