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Date: 23 August 1968
Aircraft type: O-2A Skymaster
Serial Number: 67-21348
Military Unit: 20 TASS, 504 TASG
Service: USAF
Home Base: Da Nang detached to Chu Lai
Capt Lon Davis Richards (KIA)

An O-2 detachment at Chu Lai provided aircraft to control strikes on the surrounding area, which was becoming more and more hostile. Capt Richards (call sign Helix 27) was controlling a strike on a series of enemy bunkers and trenches about six miles southwest of the base when his aircraft was shot down from 2,000 feet by machine gun fire. The pilot may have been hit, as he did not abandon the aircraft.

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