Stow, Lilburn Ray, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1111A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 7th Air Force
Service Years
1952 - 1968
Major

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Home State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1929
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Vici
Last Address
Vici

Casualty Date
Apr 26, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Gibson National Cemetery - Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
52E 024, Memorial

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 Unit Assignments
29th Tactical Airlift Squadron463rd Tactical Airlift Wing7th Air Force
  1968-1968, 29th Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1968-1968, 463rd Tactical Airlift Wing
  1968-1968, 7th Air Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  C-130 Hercules  
  1965-1967, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1968-1968, C-130 Hercules
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On the first day of Operation Delaware, a C-130B (#60-0298) from the 463rd Tactical Airlift Wing was badly damaged by ground fire. Major Lilburn Stow was attempting to land in a field near the air field when he saw it was occupied by US Army troops picking up cargo. He pulled up and the airplane struck trees and crashed, killing all aboard. Major Donald Strobaugh, commander of the 8th APG CCT, ran to the wreckage to search for survivors. He was awarded the Airman's Medal for his efforts."

On 26 April 1968, Major Lilburn R. Stow, pilot; Major John L McDaniel, pilot; and Sgt. Larry R. Todd, loadmaster; were three members of an eight-man aircrew of a C-130B that was conducting an emergency resupply mission for American and allied ground personnel who were operating in the infamous A Shau Valley, Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. (A Loi). The A Luoi Airfield was located in the northern portion of the A Shau Valley.

Upon arriving in the area, Major Stow established radio contact with A Luoi Airfield's ground control for landing instructions. Once cleared in, the Herc made its approach and was struck by heavy, accurate enemy 37mm anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) fire. The seriously damaged Herc attempted to land, but crashed into the runway and scattered flaming wreckage along its path.

When the wreckage cooled sufficiently, search and rescue (SAR) personnel were able to locate and recover the bodies of 5 of the 8 men on board. They were unable to find any trace of either pilot or the aircraft's loadmaster.

At the time the formal search was terminated, Lilburn Stow, John McDaniel and Larry Todd were declared Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered. Memorial at: Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, Plot: MA, 0, 3.

Crewmen killed in the incident:
Maj Lilburn R Stow (BNR)
Capt James J McKinstry
Maj John L McDaniel (BNR)
TSgt Russell R Fyan (600th Photo Sq.)
SSgt Beryl S Blaylock
Sgt Daniel J O'Connor (600th Photo Sq.)
Sgt Larry R Todd (BNR)
A1C Kenneth L Johnson

Memorial at: Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma, Plot: MA, 0, 3.

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