Loeschner, Theodore R., Jr., Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 6315th Operations Group
Service Years
1946 - 1965
Major

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1928
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Albany
Last Address
Naha AB, Okinawa

Casualty Date
Apr 24, 1965
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Thailand
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fairview Cemetery - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E Line 108

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 Unit Assignments
Air Training CommandAir Education and Training Command817th Tactical Control Squadron - The Blue FliesOperations Units
  1952-1953, Air Training Command
  1964-1964, Air Education and Training Command
  1965-1965, 817th Tactical Control Squadron - The Blue Flies
  1965-1965, 6315th Operations Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1965-1965 Vietnam War1
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1948-1952, United States Military Academy3
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Major Loeschner was assigned to  Special Ops.

"April 24, 1965: C-130A 57-0475, c/n 3182, of the 815th Troop Carrier Squadron, crashed at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, during go-around in bad weather with heavy load - lost two engines, low fuel. This was the first Hercules hull loss related to the war in Southeast Asia. Six killed."  Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_C-130_Hercules_crashes

The above is substantiated by an entry on http://lists.topica.com/lists/flareships/read/message.html by Capt. Butterfield's son:

"I am having a custom model built of the C-130A, tail number 57-0475. My father, Capt Robert A. Butterfield, was the navigator on this A/C when it crashed on April 24th, 1965 at Khorat (sic).

I am now understanding that he was actually on a Blind Bat mission when he crashed. It is said that they had to abort the mission due to weather and subsequently crashed at Khorat (sic) on a go-around due to weather."

   
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