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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Deep Sea 129

The EC-121 shoot down incident occurred on April 15, 1969 when an American EC-121 Warning Star on a reconnaissance mission was shot down by North Korean MiG aircraft over the Sea of Japan.

The plane crashed 90 nautical miles (167 km) away from the North Korean coast and all 31 Americans on board were killed.

The Nixon administration chose not to retaliate against North Korea apart from staging a naval demonstration in the Sea of Japan a few days later. Instead it resumed the reconnaissance flights within a week to demonstrate that it would not be intimidated by the action while at the same time avoiding a confrontation.

From wiki

Nixon was a pussy.

April 15 was also Kim Il-sung's Birthday.

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3 Comments:

  • At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was part of the USN plane guard detail that was protecting further flights. I was onboard the USS Southerland DD-743 and our mission was to keep the NORK gunboats away from the USS Dale DLG-19.

    It turned ugly when the Dale locked onto an incoming MIG. Four Soviet ships (three of which were over the horizon and undetected) popped up and locked onto us.

    It got real exciting after that, but to this day I have to say that the F-8 Crusaders sent to cover us weren't ugly any more!!!

    Merle

     
  • At 10:27 AM, Blogger DirtCrashr said…

    Aw man, a Super-Connie!! The BASTARDS!

     
  • At 3:29 PM, Blogger GUYK said…

    There was an Air Defense unit where I was stationed sent to S.Korea..a wing of F106's...I think there was a lot of pressure put on the N.Koreans.. at the time Nixon was cozying up to the Red Chinese..and didn't want another war with them over Korea.

     

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