Hinckley, William K., Jr., AN

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Last Rank
Airman
Last Primary NEC
AN-0000-Airman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Airman
Primary Unit
1966-1967, AN-0000, Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red Rippers
Service Years
1966 - 1967
AN-Airman

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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Manchester
Last Address
Manchester

Casualty Date
Jul 29, 1967
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Drowned, Suffocated
Location
Vietnam, North (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Rosedale Cemetery - Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Duty Stations
USS Forrestal (CV-59)Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red Rippers
  1966-1967, AN-0000, USS Forrestal (CV-59)
  1966-1967, AN-0000, Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red Rippers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)/USS Forrestal (CVA-59) Fire
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 29 July 1967, as USS FORRESTAL was preparing to launch an Alpha Strike, a 5" Zuni air-to-ground rocket accidentally fired from a F-4 Phantom parked on the starboard side of the ship and pointed inboard. The rocket impacted an armed A-4 Skyhawk (piloted by then-LCDR, now Senator, John McCain) parked on the port side. The rocket's impact led to a massive fire complicated by no less than a dozen 1000- and 500-pound bomb detonations.

135 of her crewmen died in the fire. 47 men of Fighter Squadron 11 were among them, some on the flight deck and some in a berthing compartment immediately below the area engulfed by the fire. Airman Billy Hinckley was one of them.

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