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Old 22nd September 2019, 15:55
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Gruman Tracker, fate ?

Hello,
Looking through Scramble's US Military Aircraft Mishaps 1950-2004 .

I wondered just what happened with a Gruman Tracker that is listed -
16 May 1964 - 149883 - S-2E - NT - VS-38.
No other details of any event/accident or crash, fatal or otherwise.

Anyone know anything about this ?

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Old 22nd September 2019, 17:03
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Re: Gruman Tracker, fate ?

149883 did not serve with VS38. I think you must mean 149884 which was lost on the date you give whilst with VS38 aboard Bennington.
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Old 22nd September 2019, 17:58
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Re: Gruman Tracker, fate ?

Thank you for the reply George.
I have checked the book and page 148
16 May 64
149883 - S-2E - NT - VS-38
58-2096 - T33A - HQ Command (nr) Shaw AFB, SC, USA, crew OK.

So perhaps a printers typo ?
Or Scramble has incorrect info ?

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Old 22nd September 2019, 19:51
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Re: Gruman Tracker, fate ?

Printer's typo most likely.
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Old 24th September 2019, 20:01
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Re: Gruman Tracker, fate ?

George

But what did happen to 149884?? If anyone knows on TOCH it's you!

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Old 25th September 2019, 12:37
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Re: Gruman Tracker, fate ?

No idea on that one, Stig, I'm afraid.
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Old 25th September 2019, 13:44
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Re: Gruman Tracker, fate ?

Thanks for checking George

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PS: I can add, thanks to Mach III and Sid Nanson that the incident happened at sea while onboard USS Bennington

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Old 25th September 2019, 19:10
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Re: Gruman Tracker, fate ?

USS Bennington was enroute from Sasebo (JP) to Hong Kong (port visit) and Manla for most part of May 1964.



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(Find no reference to a typhoon in the South China Seas the carrier found itself in causing damage to aircraft onboard.)
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Old 25th September 2019, 19:40
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Re: Gruman Tracker, fate ?

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USS Bennington was enroute from Sasebo (JP) to Hong Kong (port visit) and Manla for most part of May 1964.
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I suggest we give Alex a crash course in diving and let him chase the wreck...

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Old 26th September 2019, 19:15
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Re: Gruman Tracker, fate ?

Actually, all that is needed is for someone with a little time on their hands to go to NARA II and pull the deck log for Bennington for May 1964 and copy the page(s) for May 16. Unfortunately with the new one-pull-at-a-time policy it would cost me two hours of copying documents for MAW, which is close to a box for what I am currently working on.

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