A C-130 Plane Crash in The Ashau Valley, during the Vietnam War.

A C-130 Plane Crash in The Ashau Valley, during the Vietnam War.

A C-130 landing in Vietnam

This remarkable series of photographs below were taken by Marshall Smith of 1/12th Cavalry, in the Ashau Valley during the Vietnam War. They show a C-130 transport plane crashing and exploding during a resupply mission, and they are featured on the website of the 12th Cavalry: http://12thcav.us/

I have captioned them with explanations.

This C-130 was resupplying US troops in the Ashau Valley by air drops.The plane took anti-aircraft fire and attempted to crash land.

As it came into land, it was hit by more small arms fire from North Vietnamese Army soldiers close by.

Apparently there were around 50 US soldiers out in the open where the plane was trying to land, so the pilot pulled up and hit some trees, saving the lives of the men on the ground.

The resulting fireball

The resulting fireball

The plane burns

The plane burns

When the burning wreckage had cooled sufficiently, the bodies of five of the eight man crew were recovered, but there was no trace of the pilot, the navigator or loadmaster. All eight men were listed as killed in action

After the fire had been put out

After the fire had been put out

See the trailer for our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.

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