Name: Edwin Ray Conner
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/E8
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
Other Personnel in Incident: Richard Skeen, Killed in Action/Body not

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



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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]



William M. Killian

Pioneer Valley High School




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On May 16, 1970, an EKA-3B Skywarrior (bureau number 142657, call sign “Homebrew 615”) carrying three crew members took off from Cubi Point, Philippines, on a transport mission. During the mission, “Homebrew 615” crashed in to the Gulf of Tonkin in the vicinity of (GC) 49Q BU 368 386, due to unknown causes. An extensive search was immediately conducted, which recovered and identified the remains of the navigator from “Homebrew 615’s” crew. The other two crew members of the aircraft are still unaccounted for.

Senior Chief Aviation Machinist’s Mate Edwin Ray Conner, who joined the U.S. Navy from Texas, was a member of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 135. He was a crew member aboard the Skywarrior when it crashed, and was lost with the aircraft. His remains were not recovered following the incident. Today, Senior Chief Petty Officer Conner is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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