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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 77542
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Date:23-FEB-1991
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic HAR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B-2-MC Harrier II
Owner/operator:VMA-542 / USMC
Registration: 161573
MSN: 512005/005
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ali Al Salem -   Kuwait
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:King Abdul Aziz Naval Base, Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Lost during Operation Desert Storm when hit by enemy ground fire and failed to recover from a high angle dive during a night attack on a tank park in Ali Al Salem, Kuwait.

Pilot did not eject, and was killed. Pilot later named as CAPT. JAMES N. "TREY" WILBOURN III. For his skill, courage, and devotion to duty in the face of hazardous flying conditions, Captain Wilbourn was posthumously awarded the Air Medal, Third Strike Flight Award, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device.

Sources:

http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries21.html
http://www.harrier.org.uk/history/AV8BPROD.PDF
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VMA-542#The_Gulf_War_.26_the_1990s
http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/6725
[LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.flyauburn.org/?page_id=250]


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
02-Aug-2011 23:34 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2011 03:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
28-Feb-2019 15:31 Vapor542 Updated [Narrative]

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