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- Name: Henry Howard Herrin, Jr.
- Rank/Branch: E7/US Navy
- Unit: Heavy Photographic
Squadron 61, USS ORISKANY (CVA-34)
- Date of Birth: 18 March 1933
- Home City of Record: West Springfield
- Date of Loss: 01 January 1968
- Country of Loss: North
- Loss Coordinates: 0174000N
- Status (in 1973): Missing in
- Category: 5
- Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: RA3B
- Refno: 0959
- Other Personnel in Incident:
Terrence H. Hanley
Source: Compiled by
Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1998.
SYNOPSIS: The A3 Sky
warrior is a three-place light bomber, reconnaissance plane, electronic
warfare craft or aerial tanker, depending upon its outfitting. The RA3B was
a more powerful version of the original A3 and outfitted for reconnaissance
missions. Its armament usually consisted of a pair of 20mm cannons in a
remotely controlled tail turret.
Chief Petty Officer Henry
H. Herrin was a photographer's mate aboard an RA3B aircraft flown by LTCDR
James R. Dennison and co-pilot LTJG Terrence H. Hanley assigned a mission
over North Vietnam. Their plan was to fly from the U.S. Naval Air Station,
Cubi Point, Philippines to their target area and then recover at Da Nang Air
Base, South Vietnam for refueling and return trip. The mission was for
surveillance of the enemy lines of communication to determine truck traffic.
The mission was flown under radio silence, but was under surveillance by an
airborne radar control aircraft.
Emergency egress is accomplished by sliding down a chute in the bottom of
the aircraft. All crewmembers were equipped with survival radios and
survival kits containing flare pencils. The aircraft flew out to sea
approximately 20 miles and turned southeast. No further contact was made
with the aircraft.
An intensive search and rescue operation was called in consisting of surface
units, helicopter and fixed wing aircraft. It was terminated with negative
results. The area in which the aircraft was lost was one heavily traveled by
aircraft, fishing junks and coastal shipping.
All three men were placed in Missing In Action status, which was maintained
until after the war ended.
The crew of the RA3B downed that day in January 1968 may not have survived,
but evidence continues to mount that some of their comrades did - and are
currently being held prisoner in Southeast Asia.
The ultimate sacrifice of our nation's youth - their lives - is tainted so
long as even one American fighting man is held against his will. For the
sake of the living, and the honor of the dead, these men must be brought
Biographical and loss information on POWs provided by Operation Just Cause have been
supplied by Chuck and Mary Schantag of POWNET. Please check with
POWNET regularly for updates."
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