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|
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]
William M. Killian
Pioneer Valley High School