Knapic, Bernard Richard, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 1115A, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1954 - 1969
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Gia Dinh Province, South Vietnam

Casualty Date
Oct 11, 1969
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
17W 067

 Official Badges 

Combat Crew Commander

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Ribbon Bar

Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
17th Special Operations Squadron14th Special Operations Wing7th Air Force
  1969-1969, 1115A, 17th Special Operations Squadron
  1969-1969, 1115A, 14th Special Operations Wing
  1969-1969, 1115A, 7th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Ohio State UniversityAir Force Institute of Technology
  1952-1954, Ohio State University
  1961-1963, Air Force Institute of Technology
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-124 Globemaster II  AC-119G/K Shadow/Stinger  
  1958-1969, C-124 Globemaster II
  1968-1969, AC-119G/K Shadow/Stinger
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
The crew of "C" Flight, 17th Special Operations Squadron, 14th Special Operations Wing flew out of Tan Son Nhut AB in 1969, flying the AC-119 (#52-5907).

According to the onsite history, "the first AC-119G Aircraft Loss was the crash of 'Shadow 76' at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. Five of eight crewmembers killed. A USAF photographer from the 600th Photo Squadron was also onboard and was killed."

It crashed on take off. Details of the crash state that the port engine caught fire and the aircraft went into a sharp descending left turn, hitting the ground and bursting into flame.

Those killed on this aircraft were:

Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Knapic, 17th SOS
Captain John H. Hathaway, 17th SOS
Major Moses L. Alves, 17th SOS
Major Jerome J. Rice, 17th SOS
Staff Sergeant Abraham L. Moore, 17th SOS
SSgt. Ellsworth Smith Bradford, 600th Photo. Squadron
Eligible for the Presidential Unit Citation as of 1-30 June 1969.

Book sources:
1. Air commando: fifty years of the USAF Air Commando and Special Operations ... By Philip D. Chinnery

2. Shadow and Stinger: Developing the AC-119G/K Gunships in the Vietnam War by William Head (,3189.aspx)


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