F-4D 66-601 - Vietnam Mig Killer

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2 1/2 Mig Kills

435th TFS - Mig Killer 66-601 at Ubon, RTAFB, Thailand


Information on Mig Kills, The Men, Their Air Craft and Units, will be posted in the order I receive them. Photographs will also be added as received.


6 Nov 1967 

F-4D 66-601 was credited with 2 1/2 Mig Kills.  On 6 Nov 1967 #601 was piloted by Captain Darrell D. Simmonds of Vermon, Texas.  His WSO (Weapons System Officer) that day was 1Lt George H. McKinney Jr. from Bessemer, Alabama.  Using the Call Sign Sapphire 01 they shot down Two Mig -17 aircraft using their 20MM Cannon. 


19 Dec 1967 

On 19 Dec 1967 #601 was piloted by Major Joseph D. Moore of Spartanburg, South Carolinia.  His WSO (Weapons System Officer) that day was 1Lt George H. McKinney Jr. from Bessemer, Alabama.  Using the Call Sign Nash 01 they are credited with shooting down One-Half of a Mig -17 aircraft using their 20MM Cannon.  

An F-105F #63-8329 piloted by Major William M. Dalton of Stephens City, Virginia and his EWO (Electronic Warfare Officer) Major James L. Graham from Lancaster, Pennsylvania were credited with shooting down the same aircraft.  Using the Call Sign Otter 02 they are were credited with shooting down One-Half of a Mig -17 aircraft using their 20MM Cannon.  They were assigned to the 333rd TFS.

Since two aircraft are credited with shooting down the same aircraft both aircraft get to share the credit.


16 Feb 1972 

On 16 Feb 1972 #601 was shot down by an SA-2.  At the time the aircraft was piloted by Captain William F. Schwertfeger.  His WSO (Weapons System Officer) that day was 1Lt Ralph W. Galati.  Both men were taken prisoner and became POWs.  They were released 28 March 1973.  


References:  Jim Velton, Books; Aces and Aerial Victories-Office of Air Force History 1976, Vietnam Air Losses - Chris Hobson - Midland Publishing 2001  This book is the "bible" for anything to do with fixed-wing losses during the war.  A must for your reference library.


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