Castro, Joe, MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
23570-Photographic Instrumentation Technician
Last AFSC Group
Photographic Services
Primary Unit
1975-1975, 1369th Photographic Squadron
Service Years
1955 - 1975
Master Sergeant

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1938
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fresno, CA
Last Address
Clark AB, Philippines

Casualty Date
Apr 12, 1975
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Liberty Veterans Cemetery - Fresno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01W 123

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 Unit Assignments
405th Fighter Wing1369th Photographic Squadron
  1975-1975, 405th Fighter Wing
  1975-1975, 1369th Photographic Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1975-1975 Operation Baby Lift (Vietnam)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-5 Galaxy  
  1975-1975, C-5 Galaxy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Crewlist to the destroyed C5A Galaxy, "operation Babylift".
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=140120


REMEMBRANCE PROFILE IN PROGRESS - SUBJECT TO CHANGE ------- From Rich Hopka AFTWS Historian:

C-5A Tail #68-0218 It was a "BABYLIFT" Operation Flight Crashed during Take-off from Tan Son Nhut boots date 4 Apr 75 (8 days in country) PACAF 405th Fighter Wing 1269th Photo Squadron In remembrance of the children who perished on the C-5A plane crash of the 1975 Vietnam orphan Babylift. Fragile Flames In the great expanse of sky you soar rising with the April heat.

Open your eyes little ones; do you see? below lies your country, serene and vigilant calling you to its embrace, the primal cradle of your birth. My brothers and sisters I have not forgotten, such fragile flames extinguished in mid-flight.  Copyright 2001 Sue-San King C-5 Galaxy (68-0218) flew the initial mission of Operation Babylift to bring Vietnamese orphans to the US in the few remaining days before the Republic of Vietnam fell. The C-5 departed Saigon-Tan Son Nhut Airport shortly after 4 p.m. on April 4, 1975.

Twelve minutes after takeoff, there was what seemed to be an explosion as the lower rear fuselage was torn apart. The locks of the rear loading ramp had failed, causing the door to open and separate. A rapid decompression occurred. Control and trim cables to the rudder and elevators were severed, leaving only one aileron and wing spoilers operating. Two of the four hydraulic systems were out. The crew wrestled at the controls, managing to keep control of the plane with changes in power settings by using the one working aileron and wing spoilers.

The crew descended to an altitude of 4,000 feet on a heading of 310 degrees in preparation for landing on Tan Son Nhut's runway 25L. About halfway through a turn to final approach, the rate of descent increased rapidly to 4,000 feet per minute. Seeing they couldn't make the runway, full power was applied to bring the nose up. At 50 feet, the throttles where retarded to idle and the C-5 touched down in a rice paddy. Skidding about 1,000 feet, the aircraft again became airborne for a half mile before hitting a dike and breaking into four parts.

The cargo compartment was completely destroyed, killing 141 of the 149 orphans and attendants. Only three of 152 in the troop compartment perished. Five of the flight crew, three of the medical team, and three others lost their lives, but 175 of the 328 aboard survived. News of the plane crash brought widespread attention and sympathy toward the operation and the evacuees in the U.S. and other nations. ---------
   
Comments/Citation
 

 

MSgt Castro and Sgt Nance were killed in a crash of a Military Airlift Command C-5A transport plane near Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam, at the onset of Operation: BABYLIFT activities.�These two men continued filming until impact, and according to survivors, MSgt Castro was last seen with his Motion Picture Camera at his shoulder filming action around him while Sgt Nance held the photo light high for him.

------ From AFTWS Wingman on 1 Jul 09: MASTER SERGEANT JOE CASTRO and SERGEANT KENNETH E. NANCE 4 April 1975, MSgt Castro and Sgt Nance were killed in a crash of a Military Airlift Command C-5A transport plane near Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam, at the onset of Operation: BABYLIFT activities. These two men continued filming until impact, and according to survivors, MSgt Castro was last seen with his Motion Picture Camera at his shoulder filming action around him while Sgt Nance held the photo light high for him. Source: http://600photo.gapmedia.com/Memory/memory.html He was killed on 12 April 1975 which is end of service years. --------
 
   
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