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Re: TRIM PAD TAKHLI AIR BASE 1967/68
I was at Takhli May67-May68. I was a jet engine mechanic that worked the flight line 2nd shift. That EB66C that crashed at the south of runway was tail # 54-0473. I worked that plane the day before it crashed. It was supposed to go on a mission but was aborted. I had to change the # 1 engine hydraulic pump. After the change I ran the engine and everything checked out ok. The next day it took off around 1300hrs and crashed around 1445hrs.Capt Duffin, Capt Hezel,1st Lt Johnson,Maj Mcdonald and Maj Nichols died on landing. !st LT Krzynowek and Capt Moore Survived.
Two days later a few us had to recover the engines. I thought it was my fault 0473 473 crashed. It haunted me for weeks, couldn't sleep and did tons of drinking. I had to go to a crash investigation inquiry. It turned out to be a rag left in fuel cell that got stuck in the fuel line to the fuel pump. The engine shut down and pilot couldn't dump enough fuel before crashing. I was vindicated of any wrong doings for the crash The names of the crew I wrote in my green parts book for quick reference on engine parts. I go to my Vietnam memorial in my down and saluted 5 times for the crews members that died on Nov. 17 1967. That crash has been in my mine for the last 47 years. Welcome home all you VETERANS.
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