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Date: 17 February 1972
Aircraft type: O-2A Skymaster
Serial Number: unknown
Military Unit: 21 TASS, 504 TASG
Service: USAF
Home Base: Cam Ranh Bay detached to Tan Son Nhut
1Lt Richard Neil Christy (KIA)
SSgt William E Silva (Survived)

An O-2 FAC (call sign Sundog 1) was shot down during a mission over Cambodia and the pilot killed when the cockpit was shattered by ground fire. The observer, SSgt Silva, survived the subsequent crash and was rescued by a HH-53C from the 40th ARRS. 1Lt Christy’s body was repatriated to the USA and buried in the cemetery of the Air Force Academy.

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