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On February 1, 1966, the day after the carrier began flying missions from Yankee Station, A German ex-pat Lt j.g. Dieter Dengler launched from the USS Ranger with three other A-1 Skyraidrs from VA-145 the Swordsmen, on an interdiction mission against a truck convoy that had been reported in North Vietnam. Thunderstorms forced the flight to divert to their secondary target, a road intersection located west of the Mu Gia Pass in Laos. At the time, U.S. air operations in Laos were classified "secret." Visibility was poor due to smoke from burning fields, and upon rolling in on the target, Lt j.g. Dengler and the remainder of his flight lost sight of one another. Dengler was the last man in and was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He managed to crash-land his Skyraider in Laos.





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