Bruce Reginald Williams
In tribute to his father, Major Bruce Williams' son Charles requested photos and associated information be posted on his father's memorial page.
-- September 8, 2012
In a May 3, 1967 news article, the names of seven Texas service men killed in Vietnam were announced:
Accident Details for Aircraft AC-47D Spooky, Serial Number 43-48921.
The converted C-47 Transport gunship was also known as a "Spooky" or "Puff... the Magic Dragon".
This Puff was on military patrol when it was lost. It was a Douglas-built aircraft; it had been delivered to the Air Force
in February 1944, but Air International had overhauled and modified it under an Air Force contract in 1966, replacing
both elevators and removing, repairing and replacing the wings. The work was done - and the negligence occurred or
the defect arose - in Florida. The craft was assigned to Vietnam duty on January 13, 1967, and, after the crash,
some three months later, investigation indicated that the right elevator had failed, and that its failure had caused
the right wing to separate from the aircraft. Originally, it was believed the aircraft went down due to a flare exploding
inside the aircraft.
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