Norman Wayne McRobieAirman First Class
354TH TAC FTR SQDN, 355TH TFW, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
06 October 1940 - 26 November 1966
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The database page for Norman Wayne McRobie
REMEMBEREDby his wife,
A Note from The Virtual WallC-47B tail number 44-76574 was a wing transport aircraft assigned to the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at Korat RTAFB, Thailand. According to Hobson's Vietnam Air Losses the aircraft departed from Tan Son Nhut Air Base near Saigon after dark on 26 November on an administrative flight back to Korat RTAFB. Shortly after take-off the aircrew advised Tan Son Nhut they had an engine problem and were returning to that airfield. Their first approach was aborted when the landing gear would not extend; their second approach ended in a fiery crash into a rice paddy while on short final to the runway. The port engine's propeller was in the "feathered" position, indicating that engine had been shut down before the crash.
Hobson says that 31 people - 30 military, 1 civilian - were killed in the crash. The casualty database shows only 25 military personnel killed in non-hostile fixed wing incidents during the period 26-30 Nov 1966, all in Gia Dinh Province (where Tan Son Nhut is located) and all on 26 Nov 1967. The "Plane Crash Information" web site has data on the crash; it says there were 25 people on board and all died in the crash. The Virtual Wall believes that Hobson's 31 dead is not correct.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 02 Apr 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009