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USN/USMC
Fixed Wing Aviation
Southeast Asia Statistical Summary
1962 - 1973

  Table Index
Air-to-Air Combat USN/USMC
Exchange Rates Fighter vs. Fighter USN/USMC
Combat Losses in Flight USN/USMC
USMC Fixed Wing In-Flight Losses
USN Fixed Wing In-Flight Combat Losses
Area of In-Flight Battle Damage
Causes of In-Flight Fixed Wing Losses
Fixed Wing Losses Southeast Asia January 1962 - June 1973
Combat Sorties Fixed Wing April 1965 - March 1973
Squadron Deployments by Aircraft 1964 - 1973
Carrier Vietnam Deployments 1964 - 1973
   
 

Air-to-Air Combat USN/USMC

Enemy A/C by USN/USMC  # USN/USMC A/C by MIGS  #
AN-2   2 A-1  1
MIG-17 39 KA-3B  1
MIG-19   2 A-4C  1
MIG-21 18 RA-5C  1
    A-6A  2
    F-4 B/J  7
    F-4 C/D/G  0
    F-8 C/D/E  3
Totals 61   16

 

Exchange Rates Fighter vs. Fighter USN/USMC

F-4 38-7 (5.42-1)
F-8 18-3 (6.00-1)

 

Combat Losses in Flight USN/USMC

A/C   # A/C #
A-4/TA-4 257 KA-3/EA-3 6
F-4/RF-4 143 EF-10 4
F-8/RF-8   88 KC-130 3
A-6/EA-6   67 P-2/OP-2 3
A-7   55 O-1 2
A-1/EA-1   49 TF-9 1
RA-5   18 P-3 1
OV-10   13 S-2 1
Total Combat Losses 711    

 

USMC Fixed Wing In-Flight Losses

A/C N Vietnam S Vietnam Laos Other Total

A-4/TA-4

  7 51   4   0 62
A-6 10   4   1   1 16
F-4   7 47 11   0 65
F-8   2   7   1   0 10
Other*   3 15   0   2 20
*OV-10, EF-10, RF-4, KC-130, EA-6, O-1, TF-9

 

USN Fixed Wing In-Flight Combat Losses

A/C N Vietnam S Vietnam Laos Other Total
A-1   36   4   6   2   48
A-4 172   4 16   3 195
A-6   38   1 10   2   51
A-7   39   3 13   0   55
F-4   64   4   6   1   75
F-8   54   3   1   0   58
Other*   41   8   6   1   56
*A-3, RA-5, RF-8, EA-1, OV-10, P-2, P-3, S-2

 

Area of In-Flight Battle Damage

  USN USMC USAF
N Vietnam 82% 17% 39%
S Vietnam   5% 71% 33%
Laos 11% 10% 25%
Other/Unknown   2%   2%   3%

 

Causes of In-Flight Fixed Wing Losses

  USN USMC USAF
AA 37 14 26
Unknown 25 33 16
Ground Fire 18 50 47
Own Ordnance   3    -   1
SAM 15   2   7
MIG    2   1   4
Excludes Operational Causes

 

Fixed Wing Losses Southeast Asia January 1962 - June 1973

Losses In-Flight Ground
  Combined Ops Total Combined Ops Total
USN   538 316   854    0 25   25
USMC   173   75   248  18   5   23
USAF 1606 461 2067  95 27 122
Subtotals 2317 852 3169 113 57 170
Total 3339          

 

Combat Sorties Fixed Wing April 1965 - March 1973

  Southeast Asia N Vietnam
USN 510,000 275,000
USMC 320,000   27,000

 

Squadron Deployments (Cruises) by Aircraft Type 1964 - 1973

Squadron

Cruises

Squadron

Cruises

A-4 107 A-7 24
F-4   84 E-2 24
F-8   57 A-3* 13
A-6   56 EA-6   3
RA-5   31    
*Includes EA-3, KA-3, EKA-3

 

Carrier (CVA / CVN) Vietnam Deployments 1964 -1973

Aircraft Carrier Fleet VN Deployments (Depart-Return) Air Wing

SEVEN DEPLOYMENTS

USS Hancock (CVA-19) Pac 21 Oct 1964 - 29 May 1965
10 Nov 1965 - 01 Aug 1965
05 Jan 1967 - 22 Jul 1967
18 Jul 1968 - 03 Mar 1969
22 Oct 1970 - 03 Jun 1971
07 Jan 1972 - 03 Oct 1972
08 May 1973 - 08 Jan 1974
CVW-21
CVW-21
CVW-5
CVW-21
CVW-21
CVW-21
CVW-21
USS Oriskany (CVA-34) Pac 05 Apr 1965 - 16 Dec 1965
26 May 1966 - 16 Nov 1966
16 Jun 1967 - 31 Jan 1968
15 Apr 1969 - 17 Nov 1969
14 May 1970 - 10 Dec 1970
14 May 1971 - 18 Dec 1971
05 Jun 1972 - 30 Mar 1973
CVW-16
CVW-16
CVW-16
CVW-19
CVW-19
CVW-19
CVW-19
USS Ranger (CVA-61) Pac 05 Aug 1964 - 06 May 1965
10 Dec 1965 - 25 Aug 1966
04 Nov 1967 - 25 May 1968
26 Oct 1968 - 17 May 1969
14 Oct 1969 - 01 Jun 1970
27 Oct 1970 - 17 Jun 1971
16 Nov 1972 - 23 Jun 1973
CVW-9
CVW-14
CVW-2
CVW-2
CVW-2
CVW-2
CVW-2

SIX DEPLOYMENTS

USS Constellation (CVA-64) Pac 05 May 1964 - 01 Feb 1965
12 May 1966 - 03 Dec 1966
29 Apr 1967 - 04 Dec 1967
29 May 1968 - 31 Jan 1969
11 Aug 1969 - 08 May 1970
01 Oct 1971 - 30 Jun 1972
CVW-14
CVW-15
CVW-14
CVW-14
CVW-14
CVW-9
USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) Pac 07 Dec 1964 - 01 Nov 1965
29 Jul 1966 - 23 Feb 1967
26 Jul 1967 - 06 Apr 1968
07 Sep 1968 - 18 Apr 1969
23 Sep 1969 - 01 Jul 1970
12 Nov 1971 - 17 Jul 1972
CVW-15
CVW-2
CVW-15
CVW-15
CVW-15
CVW-15
USS Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31) Pac 28 Jan 1964 - 21 Nov 1964
21 Apr 1965 - 13 Jan 1966
26 Jan 1967 - 25 Aug 1967
27 Jan 1968 - 10 Oct 1968
18 Mar 1969 - 29 Oct 1969
02 Apr 1970 - 12 Nov 1970
CVW-19
CVW-19
CVW-21
CVW-5
CVW-5
CVW-5
USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Lant 26 Oct 1965 - 21 Jun 1966
19 Nov 1966 - 06 Jul 1967
03 Jan 1968 - 18 Jul 1968
06 Jan 1969 - 02 Jul 1969
11 Jun 1971 - 12 Feb 1972
12 Sep 1972 - 12 Jun 1973
CVW-9
CVW-9
CVW-9
CVW-9
CVW-14
CVW-14
USS Kittyhawk (CVA-63) Pac 19 Oct 1965 - 13 Jun 1966
05 Nov 1966 - 19 Jun 1967
18 Nov 1967 - 28 Jun 1968
30 Dec 1968 - 04 Sep 1969
06 Nov 1970 - 17 Jul 1971
17 Feb 1972 - 28 Nov 1972
CVW-11
CVW-11
CVW-11
CVW-11
CVW-11
CVW-11

FIVE DEPLOYMENTS

USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) Pac 14 Apr 1964 - 15 Dec 1964
28 Sep 1965 - 13 May 1966
15 Oct 1966 - 29 May 1967
28 Dec 1967 - 17 Aug 1968
01 Feb 1969 - 18 Sep 1969
CVW-5
CVW-5
CVW-19
CVW-19
CVW-16

THREE DEPLOYMENTS

USS America (CVA-66) Lant 10 Apr 1968 -16 Dec 1968
10 Apr 1970 - 21 Dec 1970
05 Jun 1972 - 24 Mar 1973
CVW-6
CVW-9
CVW-8
USS Midway (CVA-41) Pac 06 Mar 1965 - 23 Nov 1965
16 Apr 1971 - 06 Nov 1971
10 Apr 1972 - 03 Mar 1973
CVW-2
CVW-5
CVW-5
USS Intrepid (CVS-11) Lant 04 Apr 1966 - 21 Nov 1966
11 May 1967 - 30 Dec 1967
04 Jun 1968 - 08 Feb 1969
CVW-10
CVW-10
CVW-10

ONE DEPLOYMENT

USS Forestall (CVA-59) Lant 06 Jun 1967 - 15 Sep 1967 CVW-17
USS Independence (CVA-62) Lant 10 May 1965 - 13 Dec 1965 CVW-7
USS F. D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) Lant 21 Jun 1966 - 21 Feb 1967 CVW-1
USS Saratoga (CVA-60) Lant 11 Apr 1972 - 13 Feb 1973 CVW-3
USS Shangri-La (CVA-38) Pac 05 Mar 1970 - 17 Dec 1970 CVW-8
 
17 carriers   70 cruises 16 air wings
*Not all anti-submarine carriers (CVS) are accounted for listed in this summary.

 

 
 

References:

1) U.S. Navy, Southeast Asia Statistical Summary,  Washington D.C., Office of Naval Aviation History, Unpublished.
2) Francillon, Rene J., Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club: U.S. Carrier Operations off Vietnam, Annapolis MD, Navel Institute Press, 1988
3) Grossnick, Roy A., Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Washington D. C., GPO.  Web off site link
4) U.S. Navy, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Washington D.C., GPO.  Web off site link
5) Nichols, Cdr. John B. and Tillman, Barrett, On Yankee Station : The Naval Air War over Vietnam, Annapolis MD, Naval Institute Press, 1988