Black, Earl G., AEC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
AE-0000-Aviation Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1970-1974, AE-0000, HS-8 Eight Ballers
Service Years
1954 - 1974
AE-Aviation Electrician's Mate
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Home Town
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Last Address
Chandler, AZ

Date of Passing
May 11, 1975
Location of Interment
Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery - Chandler, Arizona
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 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Navy Chief Initiated Cold War Veteran

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
MESA AIR CRASH KILLS SIX. Mesa, Ariz. (AP) -- Investigators were attempting today to determine the cause of a crash of a four-engine plane enroute to Canada which crashed killing all six men aboard. The lockheed constellation crashed about 8 miles after takeoff from Mesa , all four engines failed due to overheating and seized .
The green-striped aircraft barely missed a playground, hit a tree with a tree-house where children had just been playing at Sunshine Acres Children’s Home and belly-landed in open, rocky desert.

Witnesses said it exploded 4 or 5 times after it hit the ground. The Super Connie had been converted by Helitec Corp/Aircraft Specialties into a crop duster/fire fighter. It was fully loaded with 3,500 gallons of fuel for a ferry flight to Canada via Kansas City. The plane was seen trailing black smoke as it took off. The pilot declared an emergency and attempted to circle back to Falcon Field for an emergency landing on the same runway he had taken off from following (first) the failure of the left inboard engine (the prop was feathered already at this point), but he was too low. He lost power on all four engines. The airplane was engulfed in flames when it impacted and the fire extended far out in front of the ship. It is believed the pilot deliberately attempted to avoid going down in a large trailer park east of the airport.

A witness stated, “…I could see the plane clearly. It was about 75 feet up. I could see a man in the cockpit working and the motor on the left was on fire. The pilot kept the nose up and the tail hit the ground first then the whole plane exploded.”

Firemen at the scene stated that all 6 crewmen appeared to have survived the crash landing. At least one made it out of the wreck but could not escape the flames. Others died trying to get out of the front of the plane. The pilot was the only one still strapped into his seat, burned beyond recognition. One crewmember was curled up in a ball behind the melted cockpit after being unable to face the intense heat all around him.

Killed on board were the following crew members:
Alan Moseley, pilot, of Litchfield Park, Arizona
Harold Julien, co-pilot, of Tempe, Arizona
Charles Lynn Jr., flight engineer, of Long Beach, California
Basil Baker, mechanic, of Peoria, Arizona
***Earl Black, mechanic, of Chandler, Arizona***
Sam Frasier, alternate co-pilot, of Glendale, Arizona
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) CourseHC-5 Providers/Arch AngelsCommander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV)USN River Patrol Force - Task Force 116 (TF-116)
HA(L)-3 SeawolvesHS-8 Eight Ballers
  1967-1967, AE-0000, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Course
  1967-1969, AE-0000, HC-5 Providers/Arch Angels
  1969-1970, AE-0000, Commander Naval Forces Vietnam (COMNAVFORV)
  1969-1970, AE-0000, USN River Patrol Force - Task Force 116 (TF-116)
  1969-1970, AE-0000, HA(L)-3 Seawolves
  1970-1974, AE-0000, HS-8 Eight Ballers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (70)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (70-71)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 03, 2020, General Photos2
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