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A-4 Skyhawk in Vietnam

1964-1975

The A-4 Skyhawk carried the battle to the enemy for the U.S. Navy and Marines. Skyhawk models A-4B, A-4C, A-4E, A-4F and TA-4F were involved in the conflict.
A-4 Skyhawk Pilots were in on the action from the very first air strikes in Vietnam, to the very last days of the conflict.

Total Navy Air Losses = 854 Aircraft, 575 Fatalities and 144 POWs.
Of these, 271 (31.7%) were Skyhawks, with 98 (17%) Skyhawk Fatalities and 48 (33%) Skyhawk POWs.

Total Marine Air Loses = 271 Aircraft, 241 Fatalities and 12 POWs.
Of these, 91 (33.6%) were Skyhawks, with 32 (13.3%) Skyhawk Fatalities and 1 (8.3%) Skyhawk POW.

Skyhawk losses to MiGs = 1, to SAMs = 32. Total A-4s lost in combat was 195.

As one would expect statistics vary based upon source. One claims 282 lost during the conflict, 195 of them in combat. But the above stats appear to be the most accurate.

First Skyhawk loss was A-4C 149578 from VA-144 aboard the USS Constellation, struck by AAA on 05AUG64, flown by LTJG Everett Alvarez who became the first, and longest held, POW of the conflict.

Final Skyhawk loss was A-4F 155021 from VA-212 aboard the USS Hancock, struck by AAA on 06SEPT72, the pilot, LT W.F. Pear was rescued.


Thanh Hoa Bridge

Shotup A-4E

Iron Hand

Yacht Club

Olongapo
Hai Duong RR and Hwy Bridge TA-4F Combat Sorties FastFAC - Playboy Who Packed Your Chute?

Skyhawk Aviators

Highly decorated for their courage,
while under fire and as POWs

2 Medal of Honor
7 Navy Cross
Numerous Silver Stars, DFCs,
Purple Hearts and Air medals.
VSD = DaNang?
VBH = Bien Hoa
PMB = Clark or Cubi?
NCP = Cubi non-official?
DAG = DaNang non-official?
PMK = Clark or Sangley?

DaNang: ID=DNG, ch 77, area GCI was Panama

Medal Of Honor

Navy Cross

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross

Purple Heart

Air Medal

POW Medal

Vietnam Service

RVN Campaign


Enlisted personnel played a supportive role (maintenance) in the Skyhawk's participation in Vietnam. Due to the inherent dangers of carrier flight deck operations, and in-theater land based combat ops, they did not serve without incurring loses.
Oriskany Fire
1966

CVA59 Fire
Chu Lai
Marines
Chu Lai
1966
Chu Lai
1969

Yacht Club

Presidentail Unit Citation



Navy Unit Citation

Vietnam Service

RVN Campaign


Link to Satellite image (inter-active) of Subic Bay and Cubi Point, PI.
Thesis titled
"The Effects of Leadership on Carrier Air Wing Sixteen's Loss Rates During Operation Rolling Thunder, 1965-1968. (1.34MB PDF)
U.S. Navy Skyhawk Units U.S. Marine Skyhawk Units
Texas Tech University's Vietnam Center thevietnamfiles.com

01 AUG 1963 10 MAR 1964 USS Oriskany CVA-34 CVW-16 VA-163 A-4B




VA-164 A-4B






17 OCT 1963 20 JUL 1964 USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63 CVW11 VA-112 A-4C




VA-113 A-4C






28 JAN 1964 21 NOV 1964 USS Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 CVW-19 VA-192 A-4C




VA-193 A-4C






14 APR 1964 15 DEC 1964 USS Ticonderoga CVA-14 CVW-5 VA-55 A-4E




VA-65 A-4E






05 MAY 1964 01 FEB 1965 USS Constellation CVA-64 CVW-14 VA-144 A-4C




VA-146 A-4C






05 AUG 1964 06 MAY 1965 USS Ranger CVA-61 CVW-9 VA-93 A-4C




VA-94 A-4C






21 OCT 1964 29 MAY 1965 USS Hancock CVA-19 CVW-21 VA-216 A-4E




VA-216 A-4C






23 OCT 1964 16 MAY 1965 USS Yorktown CVS-10 CVSG-55 VMA-223 Det T A-4C






07 DEC 1964 01 NOV 1965 USS Coral Sea CVA-43 CVW-15 VA-153 A-4C




VA-155 A-4E






20 FEB 1964 11 AUG 1964 USS Bennington CVS-20 CVSG-59 VA-93 Det Q A-4B






19 JUN 1964 16 DEC 1964 USS Kearsarge CVS-33 CVSG-53 VA-153 Det R A-4B






06 MAR 1965 23 NOV 1965 USS Midway CVA-41 CVW-41 VA-22 A-4C




VA-23 A-4E






05 APR 1965 16 DEC 1965 USS Oriskany CVA-34 CVW-16 VA-163 A-4E




VA-164 A-4E






10 MAY 1965 13 DEC 1965 USS Independence CVA-62 CVW-7 VA-72 A-4E




VA-86 A-4E






21 APR 1965 13 JAN 1966 USS Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 CVW-9 VA-192 A-4C




VA-195 A-4C






12 AUG 1965 23 MAR 1966 USS Hornet CVS-12 CVSG-57 H&MS-15 Det N A-4C






28 SEP 1965 13 MAY 1966 USS Ticonderoga CVA-14 CVW-5 VA-56 A-4E




VA-144 A-4C






26 OCT 1965 21 JUN 1966 USS Enterprise CVAN-65 CVW-9 VA-36 A-4C




VA-76 A-4C




VA-93 A-4C




VA-94 A-4C






10 NOV 1965 01 AUG 1966 USS Hancock CVA-19 CVW-21 VA-212 A-4E




VA-216 A-4C






19 OCT 1965 13 JUN 1966 USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63 CVW-11 VA-113 A-4C






10 DEC 1965 25 AUG 1966 USS Ranger CVA-61 CVW-14 VA-55 A-4E




VA-146 A-4C






22 MAR 1965 07 OCT 1965 USS Bennington CVS-20 CVSG-59 VA-113 Det Q A-4B






04 APR 1966 21 NOV 1966 USS Intrepid CVS-11 CVW-10 VA-15 A-4B




VA-95 A-4B






12 MAY 1966 03 DEC 1966 USS Constellation CVA-64 CVW-15 VA-153 A-4C




VA-155 A-4E






26 MAY 1966 16 NOV 1966 USS Oriskany CVA-34 CVW-16 VA-163 A-4E




VA-164 A-4E
21 JUN 1966 21 FEB 1967 USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA-42 CVW-42 VA-12 A-4E




VA-72 A-4E




VA-172 A-4C






29 JUL 1966 23 FEB 1967 USS Coral Sea CVA-43 CVW-2 VA-22 A-4C




VA-23 A-4E






15 OCT 1966 29 MAY 1967 USS Ticonderoga CVA-14 CVW-19 VA-192 A-4E




VA-192 A-4C






05 NOV 1966 19 JUN 1967 USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63 CVW-11 VA-112 A-4C




VA-144 A-4C






19 NOV 1966 06 JUL 1967 USS Enterprise CVAN-65 CVW-9 VA-56 A-4C




VA-113 A-4C






05 JAN 1967 22 JUL 1967 USS Hancock CVA-19 CVW-5 VA-93 A-4E




VA-94 A-4C






26 JAN 1967 25 AUG 1967 USS Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 CVW-21 VA-76 A-4C




VA-212 A-4E






29 APR 1967 04 DEC 1967 USS Constellation CVA-64 CVW-14 VA-55 A-4C




VA-146 A-4C






11 MAY 1967 30 DEC 1967 USS Intrepid CVS-11 CVW-10 VSF-3 A-4B




VA-15 A-4C




VA-34 A-4C






06 JUN 1967 15 SEP 1967 USS Forrestal CVA-59 CVW-17 VA-46 A-4E




VA-106 A-4E






16 JUN 1967 31 JAN 1968 USS Oriskany CVA-34 CVW-16 VA-163 A-4E




VA-164 A-4E






26 JUL 1967 06 APR 1968 Uss Coral Sea CVA-43 CVW-15 VA-153 A-4E




VA-155 A-4E






04 NOV 1967 25 MAY 1968 USS Ranger CVA-61 CVW-2 VA-22 A-4C






18 NOV 1967 28 JUN 1968 USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63 CVW-11 VA-112 A-4C




VA-144 A-4E






28 DEC 1967 17 AUG 1968 USS Ticonderoga CVA-14 CVW-19 VA-23 A-4F




VA-192 A-4F




VA-192 A-4C






03 JAN 1968 18 JUL 1968 USS Enterprise CVAN-65 CVW-9 VA-56 A-4E




VA-113 A-4F






27 JAN 1968 10 OCT 1968 USS Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 CVW-5 VA-93 A-4F




VA-94 A-4E




VA-212 A-4F






04 JUN 1968 08 FEB 1969 USS Intrepid CVS-11 CVW-10 VA-36 A-4C




VA-66 A-4C




VA-106 A-4E






18 JUL 1968 03 MAR 1969 USS Hancock CVA-19 CVW-21 VA-55 A-4F




VA-163 A-4E




VA-164 A-4E






07 SEP 1968 18 APR 1969 USS Coral Sea CVA-43 CVW-15 VA-153 A-4F




VA-216 A-4C






26 OCT 1968 17 MAY 1969 USS Ranger CVA-61 CVW-2 VA-155 A-4F






01 FEB 1969 18 SEP 1969 USS Ticonderoga CVA-14 CVW-16 VA-112 A-4C






18 MAR 1969 29 OCT 1969 USS Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 CVW-5 VA-22 A-4F




VA-94 A-4E




VA-144 A-4E






14 APR 1969 17 NOV 1969 USS Oriskany CVA-34 CVW-19 VA-23 A-4F




VA-192 A-4F




VA-195 A-4E






02 AUG 1969 15 APR 1970 USS Hancock CVA-19 CVW-21 VA-55 A-4F




VA-164 A-4F




VA-212 A-4F






05 MAR 1970 17 DEC 1970 USS Shangri-la CVS-38 CVW-8 VA-12 A-4C




VA-152 A-4E




VA-172 A-4C






02 APR 1970 12 NOV 1970 USS Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 CVW-5 VA-22 A-4F




VA-94 A-4E




VA-144 A-4F






22 OCT 1970 03 JUN 1971 USS Hancock CVA-19 CVW-21 VA-55 A-4F




VA-164 A-4F




VA-212 A-4F






07 JAN 1972 03 OCT 1972 USS Hancock CVA-19 CVW-21 VA-55 A-4F




VA-164 A-4F/TA-4F




VA-212 A-4F






08 MAY 1973 08 JAN 1974 USS Hancock CVA-19 CVW-21 VA-55 A-4F




VA-164 A-4F/TA-4F




VA-212 A-4F






18 MAR 1975 20 OCT 1975 USS Hancock CVA-19 CVW-21 VA-55 A-4F




VA-164 A-4F/TA-4F




VA-212 A-4F

List of Navy units deployed to Vietnam. (Source for above)
Marine Skyhawk Units Based Ashore in Vietnam and aboard ship in the Tonkin Gulf.

Da Nang Air Base: MAG-11, H&MS-11, MALS-11 with VMA-211, VMA-311, VMA-331.

Chu Lai Air Base: MAG-12 with VMA-121, VMA-211,VMA-214, VMA-223, VMA-224, VMA-225, VMA-311, VMA-331, H&MS-13, H&MS-17.

Bien Hoa Air Base: MAG-12, H&MS-12, VMA-211, VMA311, VMA-331.

CVS-12 CVSG-57: 01 MAY 1968 to 09 NOV 1968: MAG-15, H&MS-15.



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