|Tien Phuoc 1|
|The fatal crash of Tail Number 723 on 12/26/69 at Tien Phuoc. On short final to Tien Phuoc, Pilot Lt. Dave Bowling took a round of ground fire directly into his heart. The 'Bou went into a rice paddy. The Co-pilot, Lt. Patterson recovered. The Flight Mechanic, E. J. "Squeak" Welch, was crushed by the cargo as it broke free. After this shoot down, Tien Phuoc was approached with "FAC & Fighters" for quite a while.
This photo shows one of the engines, with two blades of its propeller broken off. Story was that a broken blade struck a hooch and killed a villager. Note Santa Bou, my ride home, in the background.