Cradeur, Douglas Joseph, Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
A462X0-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Weapons and Munitions
Primary Unit
1966-1968, 14th Air Commando Wing
Service Years
1965 - 1968
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by A3C Michael S. Bell to remember Cradeur, Douglas Joseph (Spooky 10), Sgt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Phu Cat AB

Casualty Date
May 05, 1968
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mimosa-Pines South Cemetery - Carlyss, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
55E 009

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
4th Air Commando Squadron14th Air Commando Wing
  1966-1968, 4th Air Commando Squadron
  1966-1968, 14th Air Commando Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AC-47 Spooky/Puff  
  1967-1968, AC-47 Spooky/Puff
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Two 4th Air Commando Squadron AC-47 gunships launched from Phu Cat to engage VC/NVA rocket and mortar sites that were firing on the Pleiku Air Base. One, AC-47D tail number 43-16159, launched with a short crew (only one gunner aboard), while the other, AC-47D 43-76207, carried two extra men - a new navigator taking his first orientation flight and an Army Warrant Officer observer.

Once over target both aircraft were shot down within minutes of each other, killing nine of the 15 crewmen.

Sergeant Nacey Kent, aboard AC-47 43-76207 as Flight Mechanic, sustained a broken leg during the crash landing but never the less repeatedly entered the wrecked aircraft to rescue other crewmembers and was awarded the Air Force Cross for his efforts. The survivors, other than Sgt Kent, were the 1st Navigator, Col Armstrong; loadmaster Kirby Wilson; aerial gunners Ducat and Bryant; and the Army Warrant, name unknown.

Available materials (Hobson's Vietnam Air Losses, for example) are inconclusive regarding who was in which aircraft. The assignments above were provided by Bernie Ducat, one of the surviving crewmembers from AC-47D 43-76207.


Sergeant Douglas Joseph Cradeur was the youngest son of Theresa and Houston Cradeur. He was survived by his parents and two brothers, John Cradeur and Robert Cradeur and one sister, Nadine Cradeur. Doug was a good boy and we all miss him.

A memorial from his sister.

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