Swift Crew Rescues Two AF Pilots
The crew of PCF 53, a Navy Swift boat operating out of Cat Lo, rescued two Air Force pilots July 27 when their F-100 Supersabre was downed by unknown causes 21 miles south of Phan Rang Air Base.
The plane broadcast a "Mayday" distress signal and headed for the coastline. The pilots ejected over water.
The Swift boat, on routine Market Time patrol, spotting the parachutes, rescued the two airmen.
A helicopter later picked up the two men and returned them to the air base. They were uninjured.
As reported in July 29, 1968 issue of Stars and Stripes.
Note: The two helicopter pilots received "The Distinguished Flying Cross" for their part in this rescue, the crew of PCF 53 received a "thank you!"
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