Today in History – September 30, 1966 – LtCol W.M. Fowler ejects from F-100 #553502

30 September 1966 – LtCol Walter “Mel” Fowler’s F-100 #553502 is hit in the engine by gunfire over SVN. He came close to capture or death by closely advancing Viet Cong before his wingman suppressed the advancing VC and he was picked up from the rice paddy by an Army Helo.

Fowler was serving with the 531st TFS out of Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam when the incident occurred.

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