Shannon, Billy Eugene, Capt

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1965-1965, 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
Service Years
1951 - 1965
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt John Paul Jones, Sr. (JJ) to remember Shannon, Billy Eugene, Capt.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
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
Olivet Cemetery - Center, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 120

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
34th Tactical Group13th Bombardment Squadron, Light389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
  1965-1965, 34th Tactical Group
  1965-1965, 13th Bombardment Squadron, Light
  1965-1965, 389th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thunderbolts
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1961-1973 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-57 Canberra  
  1965-1965, B-57 Canberra
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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:


At 0815 hrs on Sunday morning, May 16, 1965, Captain Charles Nathan Fox and his Navigator, Captain Vernon L. Haynes were sitting in their B-57B Tail Number 53-3904 about to start engines to lead a flight of four aircraft Steel Tiger 1,2,3,and 4 on a strike. Fox's Canberra was loaded with four 750 Lbs. bombs under the wings and nine 500 Lbs. bombs in the bomb bay. Without warning a time delay fuse on one of the bombs malfunctioned and Fox's aircraft exploded setting off a chain reaction that destroyed 10 USAF aircraft and killed 27  men. A1C Darryl Gordon Winters (KIA 7/19/66) was a combat photgrapher for the 600th  Photo Sqdrn at Bien Hoa who shot footage and took the photo in this profile, he was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions that unforgotten day. Capt. Billy Shannon died that day while preparing his B-57 for the mission.

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