Ed White, AN (V-3 Div.) Gas Jocks
V-3 (AIR) Division - '67-'71
U.S.S. HANCOCK (CV-19)

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MIG-17 Shot Down

I was aboard USS Hancock CVA-19 during the '70-'71 WestPac Cruise and I noticed in the message chronicling the 6th West-Pac Cruise about the MIG-17 in 1972. There was some question as to part of the message which reads: "A MIG-17 WAS DESTROYED WHICH WILL UNDOUBTEDLY GO DOWN IN THE ANNALS OF AIR COMBAT AS ONE OF THE MORE INCREDIBLE VICTORIES. TWO HANCOCK F-8 CRUSADERS SPOTTED THE MIG 22 MILES SOUTHWEST OF HAIPHONG AND ATTEMPTED TO MANEUVER INTO A FIRING POSITION. JUST AS THE F-8 WAS MAKING HIS TURN THE MIG PILOT EJECTED. NOT A SHOT HAD BEEN FIRED. (PAGE 6).

There was an incident which happened during the first part of 1971 as I recall and was similar in nature. We were off line and the two F-8 Crusaders of READY WATCH, which it was my duty to keep topped off with fuel, were launched to intercept a MIG-17. I loved to watch these babies bust loose from the CATS.

I remember one F-8 which did a very low fly by over the deck; hit the afterburners and cork-screwed straight up. I also remember the deck crash of the F-8 off the coast of Hawaii on our way WEST. Anyway the MIG-17 sighting was a very exciting moment and I went to Tracking to watch the event take place. I watched as the MIG-17 just disappeared. I was told the USS Long Beach CGN-9 had taken the MIG-17 out before our pilots could get into firing position. This wasn't confirmed as to my knowledge as to whether the USS Long Beach took the plane out or not. The two fighters were recovered and placed back on the CATS. This is how I remembered this particular incident. I sure would love to know if this incident was ever recorded. If you know, please contact me using the Email Forwarding Link below. Thanks!

Edward White


Submitted 12/9/2011
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