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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 57197
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:02-FEB-1991
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic A6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman A-6E Intruder
Owner/operator:VA-36, US Navy
Registration: 155632
MSN: I-358
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Faylaka Island, 29 miles NE off coast of Kuwait City -   Kuwait
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
Destination airport:USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
Narrative:
A-6E Intruder BuNo. 155632/AJ-531 of VA-36 "The Roadrunners", based on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). Lost on combat operations February 2, 1991 during Operation "Desert Storm": Shot down by SA-7 SAM off Faylaka Island, 29 miles north east of Kuwait City.

Both crew - Lt Commander Barry T. Cooke (pilot) and Lt (JG) Patrick Kelly Connor - were declared Missing in Action.

Search and rescue efforts were conducted for five days and then suspended, without having found the missing airmen. Aircraft wreckage was located in the water off Kuwait City, and according to one Connor family friend, the Navy changed the status of the airmen to lost at sea. However, Pentagon spokesmen, as of February 7, 1991, still list the two as Missing in Action. Connor's family, who has been interviewed by various media, has hope that the two were able to eject safely and survive or be captured.
The body of Lt. Connor was recovered Easter Sunday 1991 and buried at Arlington National Cemetery Section 60 - 7717. The body of LCDR has never been recovered.

Sources:

1. Flight International, 13-19 May 1992 p.25 at https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1992/1992%20-%201221.html
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries19.html
3. http://web.archive.org/web/20180422222159/http://www.millionmonkeytheater.com/A-6.html
4. http://web.archive.org/web/20171103001143/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/aircraft_by_type/a6_prowler.htm
5. http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/btcooke.htm
6. https://www.findagrave.com/page=gr&GRid=24595460
7. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1991/03/08/war-hasnt-ended-for-10-mia-families/356a9025-fb63-4e41-aa1c-468bdc51c9a1/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
14-Jan-2009 11:24 harro Updated
03-Jul-2009 04:45 Jakub Cikhart Updated
20-Aug-2013 09:52 Uli Elch Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
04-Apr-2016 20:09 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Jun-2016 17:02 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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