CONNER, EDWIN RAY

Name: Edwin Ray Conner
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/E8
Unit:
Date of Birth: 27 March 1935
Home City of Record: HILLSBORO TX
Date of Loss: 16 May 1970
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 163659 North  1083157 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: EKA3B #162657
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident: Richard Skeen, Killed in Action/Body not
Recovered

Refno: 1629

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.  2015

REMARKS:

CACCF CRASH/AIRCREW/OFFSHORE MR1  20 YRS United States Navy

No further information available at this time.
 
 
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 22:55:10 +0000
From: William M. Killian
 
Info on three crewmen: CDR Richard R. Skeen, LCDR Eugene F. McNally, and ADCS Edwin R. Conner.


On May 15, 1969, one of VAQ-130's detachments was enlarged into a new Tactical Electronic Warfare squadron, VAQ-135, homeported at NAS Alameda, California. The new unit first deployed to Southeast Asia aboard the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in September, 1969. On 16 May 1970, one of VAQ-135's EKA-3B aircraft (BuNo 142657) was transiting from the Naval Air Station at Cubi Point, Philippines, to USS CORAL SEA on Yankee Station. As the aircraft approached Yankee Station it was diverted to land at Da Nang Air Base in South Vietnam. During the diversion radar contact was lost. Search and rescue operations found wreckage and recovered the body of one crewman. Three men died in the loss: pilot CDR Richard R. Skeen, navigator LCDR Eugene F. McNally (body recovered), and flight engineer ADCS Edwin R. Conner. ADCS Conner was 35 years old and left behind a wife and two children. [Taken from virtualwall.org]


Regards,

 

William M. Killian

Pioneer Valley High School