Name: Gary Douglas Hopps
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O3
Unit: Attack Squadron 145, USS Ranger
Date of Birth: 28 August 1936
Home City of Record: CORAL GABLES FL
Date of Loss: 10 February 1966
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 171258 North  1063459 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 3
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A1H #137627
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno: 0251

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. 2020


CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/4 YRS United States Navy

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Lieutenant Gary Douglas Hopps, who joined the U.S. Navy from Florida, was a member of Attack Squadron 145, embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA 61). On February 10, 1966, he piloted a single-seat A-1H Skyraider (bureau number 137627, call sign "Electron 506") as part of a three-plane armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. After the formation made its attack on the target in the vicinity of (GC) 48Q XE 683 040, the flight leader noticed that "Electron 506" was nowhere to be found. An immediate search located the aircraft’s wreckage near the target, but found no sign of LT Hopps. He remains unaccounted for following the incident. Today, Lieutenant Hopps is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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