Andrus, Floyd Edward, III, AE2

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
AE-0000-Aviation Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1970-1970, AE-8306, VQ-1 World Watchers
Service Years
1965 - 1970
AE-Aviation Electrician's Mate
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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Greenfield Center
Last Address
Greenfield Center

Casualty Date
Mar 16, 1970
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12W 003

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  1970-1970, AE-8306, VQ-1 World Watchers
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VQ-1, 7TH FLEET
United States Navy



The Mission

The EC-121 was a radar flight following and communications/electronics surveillance aircraft, a variant on the civilian Super Constellation. EC-121s from the Air Force and Navy routinely operated over the Gulf of Tonkin providing support to combat aircraft "over the beach" in North Vietnam. The EC-121 Warning Star was a large aircraft, far too big to operate from carriers, and was based ashore in Vietnam and/or the Philippines.

Petty Officer Andrus was a crewman aboard a Warning Star of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1). At 11:25 AM on 16 March 1970, his aircraft attempted a landing at Da Nang Air Base, SVN. It was a windy day, and the aircraft's number four engine was dead. The pilot banked while flying over a concrete revetment and caught the tip of the left wing on a shelter. The EC-121 immediately cartwheeled, striking a revetment containing an RF-4C, causing an explosion. The explosion's force broke the EC-121 into three sections. One of these flying sections hit a tar truck, knocking it into two power poles. The poles were severed and live power lines were strewn over the area.

Although ground personnel made heroic efforts to rescue the 31 men aboard the EC-121 - braving gasoline and jet fuel fires and the risk of electrocution - 23 men were either dead or fatally injured.

Petty Officer Floyd Andrus was one of the 23 dead.

   
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Floyd Edward Andrus, III, was born: 18 September 1947, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Died: 16 March 1970, Da Nang, S. Vietnam
He was single and 22 years old. He had been in the service 4 years. Home of record:  Greenfield Center, New York
   
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