|CDR Cavanaugh||CDR Speed||CDR Herbster|
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|136776||157354||149793||152787||158868 (RG713) ##|
|BUNO||Wheelchair No.||Original "400" Side/Nose No.|
|148147 "strike" 4-29-65|
C-2A General Information - provided by Richard Spooner.
* denotes original S-3 conversion to Miss Piggy. First US-3A flight occured on July 2, 1976.
This US-3A is now being restored for display onboard the USS Midway Museum, San Diego
** denotes aircraft destroyed in 1989 Mishap at NAS Cubi Point, RP.
****Aircraft Lost off USS Ranger 12-15-70
*****Aircraft lost 12-12-71 enroute Cubi Pt to Enterprise.
###Aircraft lost 10-02-69 enroute to Constellation
Notes on C-2A's BuNo's - addition information provided by Dick Spooner.
Information on C-2A - BuNo 15293:at 0844 on 12 December 1971, a COD flight, Grumman C-2A Greyhound (BuNo 152793),
Lieutenant Vetal C. LaMountain, Jr., pilot, and Lieutenant (jg) Gale V. Woolsey, Jr., co-pilot, VRC-50 Det Cubi Point,
took off from Cubi Point, bound for Enterprise, routed via Tan Son Nhut, for a “logistic support mission.”
Two other crewmembers, Airman James M. Van Buswum, plane captain, and ABH3 Richard C. Gaynor, load master;
together with six passengers, Petty Officer 1st Class D.E. Dickerson, CTR1 W.R. Woods, CTM2 G.K. Zeller,
CTO3 J.M. Coon, CTISN J.M. Deremigio and Seaman S.H. Elliott, were also on board. Flying across the South China Sea
on Airway R68 the Greyhound reported in at 0927, having reached Coral Intersection, at approximately 13º07’N, 117º00’E.
From 0941, however, nothing further was heard from the C-2A.
When the COD flight failed to report its next scheduled position 29 minutes later,
Tan Son Nhut became concerned, the C-2A passing its “zero fuel time” at 1330.
Not until 1650, however, did the squadron’s detachment at Cubi Point receive notification from base
operations that the flight was “overdue.” During the course of these communications,
the 13th Air Force Joint Rescue Command Center, Clark AB, Philippines, launched a SAR.
A “ramp check” of available airfields in the South China Sea area, done in the event that the
flight might divert to another field due to an emergency, turned out negative. At 0730 the following day,
13 December 1971, Coral Sea and her escorting destroyers, Chevalier (DD-805) and Epperson (DD-719),
reported spotting the Greyhound’s debris, including an empty life raft, in an area about 200 miles southwest of Subic.
None of the 10 men on board survived.
Organization Code: P44 or P45
TEC CODES: ASBB for the US-3A; ATJE for the CT-39E; ACWA for the C-2A; ACVA for the C-1A; ACMK for the C-130F
DATE SQUADRON TYPE
CODE Call Sign Bu.No. Show Time ETA
DESTINATION / ROUTE Jan/30/91 VRC-50 C-130F RG805 Romeo Gulf 805 149805 1100 1800 RPMK-RKSO VRC-50 C-2A RG427 Greenbush 427 XXXXXX 1100 1500 RPMB-CV-RPMB VRC-50 CT-39E RG381 NALO381 XXXXXX 0900 1800 RPMB-Singapore VRC-50 US-3A RG713 Miss Piggy 713 XXXXXX 1200 1500 RPMB-CV-RODN
DESTINATION / ROUTE
Romeo Gulf 805
Miss Piggy 713