5 December 1956 – A Northrop XSM-62 Snark, 53-8172, N-69D test model, fitted with a new 24-hour stellar inertial guidance system, launches from Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex, Florida. It wanders off-course, ignores destruct command, disappears over Brazil. It is found by a farmer in January 1983. The Day They Lost the Snark By J.
George Robert Andrews
Capt George Robert Andrews was born on November 4, 1943, in the District of Columbia. He was serving with the 615th TFS out of Phan Rang AB, Vietnam. This was George’s 2nd tour of Vietnam. He had only been in the country two days before flying his F-100D #563069 on a close air support mission near Thuy Dong, about 30 miles west of Saigon. His aircraft was hit by ground fire as he was making a weapons run against an enemy sampan.
Captain Andrews did not eject before the aircraft impacted in an un-survivable crash.
George had a wife and two children at the time of the crash. He is buried at Jefferson Reformed Church Cem, Jefferson, Frederick Co, Maryland. (1)
Capt. Andrews is remembered by the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial and by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial. He was married to Gayle Carrol Andrews of Big Spring. A son born in Big Spring in 1964 later served in the U.S. Army.