Haynes, Vernon Lee, Capt

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1964-1965, 2nd Air Division
Service Years
1950 - 1965
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Rock Rapids
Last Address
Bien Hoa AB

Casualty Date
May 16, 1965
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Other Accident
Bien Hoa (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Willamette National Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 118

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Aviator (Senior)

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17th Bombardment Squadron, Light34th Tactical Group2nd Air Division
  1964-1965, 17th Bombardment Squadron, Light
  1964-1965, 34th Tactical Group
  1964-1965, 2nd Air Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1973 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-57 Canberra  
  1964-1965, B-57 Canberra
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Last Known Activity

At 0815hrs on Sunday Morning May 16, 1965, Captain Vernon Lee Hayes, Navigator and Captain Charles Nathan Fox, Pilot, were sitting in their B-57B Canberra about to start engines to lead a flight of four aircraft on a strike mission over North Vietnam. Haynes's aircraft was loaded with 750 and 500 Lbs. bombs. Without any warning a time delay fuse on one of the bombs malfunctioned and the aircraft exploded setting off a chain reaction that destroyed 22 aircraft and killed 27 men.



Tail Numbers of the B-57B aircraft that were destroyed:

52-1568   Parked at  spot A-7  4/750 lbs and 12/250lbs bombs  Napalm 
53-3867   Parked at  spot A-9  4/750lbs and   12/250lbs bombs
53-3871   Parked at  spot A-5   No Load
53-3873   Parked at spot  A-6   4/M35  Incendiaries
53-3893   No Load
53-3904    Parked at spot A-4   4/750lbs and 9/500lbs bombs  w/crew  Steel Tiger 1
53-3913    Parked at spot B-5   4/750lbs and 9/500 lbs bombs w/crew  Steel Tiger2
53-3915    Parked at spot B-8   4/750lbs and 9/500lbs bombs w/crew   Steel Tiger 3
53-3930    Parked at spot A-2   4/750lbs and 9/500lbs bombs  w/crew  Steel Tiger 4
53-3937    Parked at spot A-1    2/750lbs and 12/250lbs bombs  Napalm

The Investigation concluded in part that the aircraft and Ammo and Fuel were stored to close to each other which allowed fire and explosions to propagate. The bombers were loaded with bombs that had anti-withdraw-time delay fuses.

The Investigation ramp diagram shows where each aircraft was parked, and the type of bombs loaded. The red circles indicate where bodies were found. Click on the link below:
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