Douglas Joseph CradeurSergeant
4TH ACS, 14TH ACW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
15 November 1947 - 05 May 1968
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The database page for Douglas Joseph Cradeur
Sergeant Douglas Joseph Cradeur was the youngest son of Theresa and Houston Cradeur. He was survived by his parents and two brothers, John Cradeur and Robert Cradeur and one sister, Nadine Cradeur. Doug was a good boy and we all miss him.
A memorial from his sister.
A Note from The Virtual WallOn the night of 4/5 May 1968 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army forces started a widespread offensive which came be termed "Mini-Tet" by the Americans and which involved attacks on over a hundred towns and cities across South Vietnam.
Two 4th Air Commando Squadron AC-47 gunships launched from Phu Cat to engage VC/NVA rocket and mortar sites that were firing on the Pleiku Air Base. One, AC-47D tail number 43-16159, launched with a short crew (only one gunner aboard), while the other, AC-47D 43-76207, carried two extra men - a new navigator taking his first orientation flight and an Army Warrant Officer observer.
Once over target both aircraft were shot down within minutes of each other, killing nine of the 15 crewmen:
Available materials (Hobson's Vietnam Air Losses, for example) are inconclusive regarding who was in which aircraft. The assignments above were provided by Bernie Ducat, one of the surviving crewmembers from AC-47D 43-76207.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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