Loving, Martin Edwin, CW2

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
962A-Image Interpretation Technician
Last MOS Group
Military Intelligence (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1956 - 1971

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Chief Warrant Officer 2

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Aurora, CO
Last Address
Aurora, CO

Casualty Date
Jun 06, 1971
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Bien Hoa (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Logan National Cemetery - Denver, Colorado
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03W 068

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Aviator Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
12th Aviation Group/73rd Aviation Company (73rd RAC)307th Combat Aviation Battalion164th Aviation Group1st Aviation Brigade
  1970-1971, 12th Aviation Group/73rd Aviation Company (73rd RAC)
  1970-1971, 307th Combat Aviation Battalion
  1970-1971, 164th Aviation Group
  1970-1971, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Aircraft: YO-3A (Lockheed Silent Star Airplane)
Tail: #69-18004
CW2 Carl W. Borchers [Pilot]
CW2 Martin E. Loving [Crew/Observer]

Pilot advised that he was low on fuel and was breaking station to RTB. Also advised he was heading SW through their field of fire at nominally 1500 AGL. Arty advised they would check fire during acft transit through their area and requested notification when clear. NIGHTRIDER II “Rogered” request, but no further communication could be established. A/C was later found at at YT 1612 on 071 Degrees Magnetic heading. Impact estimated at 65-75 Knots at 039 degrees angle from horizontal.

This flights was going to be Lovings last recon flight before he was due to leave Vietnam.

Only nine production YO-3As were sent to Vietnam. The aircraft were used at night, at low altitudes. Observations were made visually (80%) and with followed on with a Night Vision Aerial Periscope developed by Xerox Electro-Optical, Pasadena California night vision devices. The YO-3A had a specially designed propeller operated by 12 belts, an exhaust system that ran the length of the aircraft and other sound quieting technologies. The mission equipment on the YO-3A was a Night Vision Aerial Periscope with infrared illuminator. One YO-3A was equipped with a laser target designator. The laser system was never used. The YO-3A operated silently at 1,000 feet, or lower, depending on terrestrial background noise. Some pilots were known to have gone unobserved over the enemy at 200 feet. Occasionally daylight flights were made over the rivers. Crew chiefs would listen to the YO-3A flying over the maintenance section prior to deployment listening for rattles, whistles or other noises. The propeller, even at 500 feet over the maintenance area made only a light flutter heard just as it approached the maintenance area. This was followed by a light rushing of wind over the wings. Once the plane had passed over, there was no audible sound.

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