Remarkable Vietnam War Images: Plane blown out of the sky by “Friendly” artillery fire.

Remarkable Vietnam War Images: Plane blown out of the sky by “Friendly” artillery fire.

When I first saw this remarkable UPI photograph of a plane going down in Vietnam, I thought it was faked, but it isn’t.

It shows the moment shortly after a US cargo plane was blown out of the sky by a US artillery shell, fired by a 155mm Howitzer, as the plane approached a Special Forces camp near Duc Poh, South Vietnam, in 1967.

Three members of the crew, including Captain John Dudley Wiley, died in the incident, which led to a tightening-up of co-ordination between the air force and the army for flights in artillery zones.

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John Dudley Wiley, Pilot of the plane, who died in the incident.

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