Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.135284 | M

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.134495 | C

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.135284 | M; Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.134495 | C

Two A-1H (BuNo.134495 and BuNo.135284) over Saigon river during South Vietnamese Independence Palace bombing on February 27th, 1962.

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at the beginning 1960 decade — 27-02-1962

On the early morning of February 27, 1962, this Skyraider piloted by 1st Lt. Pham Phu Quoc and another (BuNo.135284) piloted by 2nd Lt. Nguyen Van Cu took off from Bien Hoa Air Base for a close air support mission in the 4th Tactical Corps, but instead of flying straight to the target area, they attacked South Vietnamese Independence Palace at Saigon and tried to kill President Diem during coup-attempt. This A-1H was shot down by Viet Nam naval anti-aircraft fire and fell down to Saigon river. Pilot Pham Phu Quoc survived, but imprisoned until 1963. The aircraft was soon recovered from Saigon river.


Aircraft model

AD-6 (A-1H)

Operator

Icon_32_flag_of_south_vietnam.svg Republic of Vietnam (1955-1975) | Military > Vietnam Air Force (VNAF)

Registration number

M

Serial number

BuNo.135284

Aircraft

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.135284 | M

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.135284 | M

A-1H retrieved from Saigon river after it was shot down in a failed attack of presidential South Vietnamese Independence Palace on 27th February 1962.

Date is unknown, probably soon after February 27th, 1962.

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.135284 | M

A-1H retrieved from Saigon river after it was shot down in a failed attack of presidential South Vietnamese Independence Palace on 27th February 1962.

Date is unknown probably soon after 27th February 1962.

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.135284 | M

Two A-1H (BuNo.134495 and BuNo.135284) over Saigon river during South Vietnamese Independence Palace bombing on February 27th, 1962.

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.135284 | M

Two A-1H (BuNo.134495 and BuNo.135284) over Saigon river during South Vietnamese Independence Palace bombing on February 27th, 1962.

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.135284 | M

Two A-1H (BuNo.134495 and BuNo.135284) over Saigon river during South Vietnamese Independence Palace bombing on February 27th, 1962.

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.135284 | M

One of two A-1H (BuNo.134495 or BuNo.135284) attacked South Vietnamese Independence Palace on February 27th, 1962.

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.135284 | M

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.135284 | M


at the beginning 1960 decade — 27-02-1962

On the early morning of February 27, 1962, this Skyraider piloted by 2nd Lt. Nguyen Van Cu and another A-1H (BuNo.135284) piloted by 1st Lt. Pham Phu Quoc took off from Bien Hoa Air Base for a close air support mission in the 4th Tactical Corps, but instead of flying straight to the target area, they attacked South Vietnamese Independence Palace at Saigon and tried to kill President Diem during coup-attempt. This A-1H was heavily damaged by ground fire and defected to Cambodia, Nguyen Van Cu later emigrated to USA.


Aircraft model

AD-6 (A-1H)

Operator

Icon_32_flag_of_south_vietnam.svg Republic of Vietnam (1955-1975) | Military > Vietnam Air Force (VNAF)

Registration number

C

Serial number

BuNo.134495

Aircraft

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.134495 | C

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.134495 | C

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.134495 | C

One of two A-1H (BuNo.134495 or BuNo.135284) attacked South Vietnamese Independence Palace on February 27th, 1962.

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.134495 | C

Two A-1H (BuNo.134495 and BuNo.135284) over Saigon river during South Vietnamese Independence Palace bombing on February 27th, 1962.

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.134495 | C

Two A-1H (BuNo.134495 and BuNo.135284) over Saigon river during South Vietnamese Independence Palace bombing on February 27th, 1962.

Douglas AD/A-1 "Skyraider" | AD-6 (A-1H) | BuNo.134495 | C

Two A-1H (BuNo.134495 and BuNo.135284) over Saigon river during South Vietnamese Independence Palace bombing on February 27th, 1962.