SKEEN,  RICHARD ROBERT

Name: Richard Robert Skeen
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O5
Unit:
Date of Birth: 11 February 1931
Home City of Record: RIVERSIDE CA
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
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident: Edwin Conner, KIA/BNR
Refno:

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

REMARKS:

CACCF/CRASH/PILOT/18 YRS UNITED STATES NAVY/OFFSHORE MR1

No further information available at this time.

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Library of Congress files:

South Vietnam, pre-1975: PART V -- THE ACCIDENT (EXCERPT FROM REPORT)
Country: South Vietnam, pre-1975

Name: RICHARD ROBERT SKEEN

Subjects: Aircraft downed

Reel: 158

Page: 54-55

Type of Document: Miscellaneous

Date of Report: 00 00 00

Date of Information: 70 05 16

Category: Casualty files

South Vietnam, pre-1975: GENERAL INFORMATION
Country: South Vietnam, pre-1975

Name: RICHARD ROBERT SKEEN

Subjects: Killed; Missing; Aircraft downed; Crash site; OVER WATER

Reel: 158

Page: 1

Type of Document: Miscellaneous

Date of Report: 00 00 00

Date of Information: 70 05 16

Category: Casualty files

South Vietnam, pre-1975: MASTER LIST
Country: South Vietnam, pre-1975

Name: RICHARD ROBERT SKEEN

Subjects: Aircraft downed; Killed; GULF OF TONKIN; OVER WATER; Crash site

Reel: 158

Page: 52

Type of Document: Automated Data Extract

Date of Report: 74 11 02

Date of Information: 70 05 16

Originator: NAVY

Category: Casualty files

 

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

 

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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.

Commander Richard Robert Skeen, who joined the U.S. Navy from California, was a member of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 135. He was the pilot of “Homebrew 615” when it went down, and was lost with the aircraft. His remains were not recovered following the incident. Today, Commander Skeen is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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