Today in History – May 2, 1967 – Major F.D. Howard ejects from F-100D #563980

2 MAY 1967 MAJOR F.D. HOWARD and SSGT T.P. KULICK (photographer) were flying an F-100F of the 352nd TFS, 35th TFW out of Phan Rang on a close air support mission and were hit by ground fire at 750-feet in a napalm run. MAJOR HOWARD flew the burning aircraft clear of the target near Cam Ranh Bay to sea where both on board ejected and were rescued by Army helicopter.

Also on 2 May 1967 …OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER…New York Times, Page 3: “On Monday, 11 MIGs were destroyed on the ground or in the air during attacks against two MIG airfields. It was the largest toll of enemy aircraft in a single day in the war so far. Navy pilots downed two of the jets and Air Force Pilots destroyed a third. Eight were destroyed on the ground…In a belated report, headquarters in Saigon disclosed three Thunderchiefs were lost over North Vietnam. Two were downed by MIG-21s. Four crew members are missing.

Source: Rolling Thunder Remembered

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