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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Baron 52

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"Baron 52" was the callsign of an EC-47Q with a flight crew from the 361st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron and a mission crew from the 6994th Security Squadron. Based at Ubon, Thailand, it was lost over Laos to enemy ground fire on February 4, 1973 -- eight days after the Peace Accords had been signed with North Vietnam. This mission continues to stir the POW/MIA controversy, since only the remains of the front-end crew had been verified at the crash site. Some speculate that the four surviving mission crew members may have been spirited away to North Vietnam or possibly the Soviet Union for interrogation and technical exploitation given their cryptologic backgrounds. For details:

1989 Oral History Interview Transcript

Robert Destatte disputes that any survivors existed or were captured.

Larry O'Daniel disputes Destatte's analysis. As does Steve Golding.

The families of the missing crewmen joined the Bamboo Pipeline.

Wasn't John Kerry one of the politicians in such a hurry to quash the MIA issue in order to normalize relations with Vietnam? I'm just saying.

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  • At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you for having the Baron 52 article on your website. The fight to find out the truth of what happened to 4 crew members is not over. Anyone who reads this information will find overwhelming evidence that 4 of the crew members DID survive the crash. Gee, I wonder why this is such a "controversial" case even to this day.

  • At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Betrayal of Baron 52"

  • At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am so glad to see at least a few folks continue in preserving the history of the EC-47, it's Losses and it's History.
    I began in 1998 with my web-site The EC-47 History Site at: and it grew into a very large site but now with medical problems I am unable to maintain it like I should. I will continue to do what I can and hope you can help out.
    MSgt James C. Wheeler Flight Mechanic with the 361st TEWS 1966/67 at Nha Trang.


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