ANDREW C MCCARTNEY
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HONORED ON PANEL 10W, LINE 15 OF THE WALL

ANDREW C MCCARTNEY

WALL NAME

ANDREW C MCCARTNEY

PANEL / LINE

10W/15

DATE OF BIRTH

08/10/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/10/1970

HOME OF RECORD

LAKEWOOD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cuyahoga County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

A1C

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ANDREW C MCCARTNEY
POSTED ON 10.2.2017
POSTED BY: Russ metcalf

My friend Andy

I still remember the day you stopped to ask me if you could go out with my sister. You were an acquaintance then. You treated her like a lady earning my respect. You were the first friend I lost in SEA. You are missed by many and always will be .
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POSTED ON 8.8.2016
POSTED BY: Mary Bodnar

Scholarship Fund in Honor of You Andrew Mc Carthy

In honor of your loving memory & your huge sacrifice for your country, your parents or family set up an endowment to help out kids at our church, Lakewood United Methodist & both my oldest 2 kids, Dillon & Franchesca Bodnar have benefited from your parents gracious charitable & generous gift. We thank you for that! May God Bless You & Keep You & the Angels Be with you!!
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POSTED ON 2.12.2016
POSTED BY: VFW Post 10249

VFW Post 10249

Established 8 Jan 1972, AFTN Memorial VFW Post 10249 in Udon thailand, is named in memory of the nine airmen killed on duty when a battle damaged RF-4C Phantom aircraft crashed into the Armed Forces Thailand Network (AFTN) Udorn Radio-TV Station on 10 Apr 1970. www.udonvfw10249.org
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POSTED ON 11.19.2015

Ground Casualty

An early afternoon reconnaissance mission was scheduled to check out a line of communication in northwestern Laos on April 10, 1970. While maintenance crews prepared their RF-4C Phantom (65863), pilot MAJ John L. Leaphart and navigator CAPT Joseph C. Bernholtz attended the intelligence and weather briefing at 0930 and the mission meeting at 0955. Take-off was scheduled for 1255. To gain additional information, MAJ Leaphart spent time conferring with other crews who had flown into the target area earlier. At 1302 they were airborne and soon pointed toward their target across the Mekong. Leaphart and Bernholtz easily pinpointed their target while zipping along at 480 to 540 knots at 4500 feet with at least five miles visibility. Neither observed any ground fire while on the target run, as they continued on a climb-out to the southeast to head back to Udorn. Suddenly at approximately 1330, a master caution light illuminated indicating the PC-2 hydraulic system had failed. CAPT Bernholtz observed a three to six-inch hole in the right wing in front of the spoiler. Ethan Control was contacted and an emergency was declared. Bullwhip 17 was vectored by Ethan Control to catch up to Falcon 34 to help assess the damage and check for controllability of their Phantom. Bullwhip joined Falcon 34 about 20 miles east of Udorn. Despite the discovery that the Utility Hydraulic System also failed, they determined that Falcon 34 was controllable and would attempt to lower the landing gear and arresting hook. Bullwhip confirmed that the gear and hook were down and prepared for a no flap landing and barrier engagement on runway 30. MAJ Leaphart was able to position the Phantom on final approach at 185 knots as ground observers less than a mile from touchdown, described the approach as straight and controlled. Suddenly, with less than one half mile to Udorn, Falcon 34 rolled to the right. MAJ Leaphart fought to counter the roll with full left stick and rudder. The controls had no effect on the aircraft and it continued to roll and drift to the right. Falcon 34 attempted a go-around but the right roll was unstoppable and continued at more than 175 knots. As the F-4 reached 45 to 60 degrees of bank and a nose high attitude, controls had no effect on the flight. The crew bailed out. MAJ Leaphart landed on a building and subsequently fell from it fracturing a bone in his right foot. CAPT Bernholtz also landed on a building, suffering a cut over his right eye. The crippled Phantom crashed into the housing area on base, turning the entire area into a blazing inferno. Nine USAF men perished in the crash. Most died as the pilotless Phantom plowed into the base radio and television studio. They included TSGT Jack A. Hawley, SSGT James T. Howard, A1C Andrew C. McCartney, SSGT Alfred N. Potter, SGT John C. Rose, SGT Frank D. Ryan Jr., SSGT Edward W. Strain, TSGT Roy Walker, and A1C Thomas L. Waterman. Flames destroyed nine buildings and one trailer. Property loss was estimated at $147,000. Following the crash, COL David S. Mellish, 432th TRW, compiled vital information in a 48 Hour Mishap Report which was transmitted to 13th Air Force at Clark AB in the Philippines. MAJ Leaphart had flown for 13 years, 3465 hours of which 1361 were in RF-4C. Capt. Bernholtz had flown for nearly 10 years, 2659 hours with 372 in RF-4C aircraft. The crew was medically qualified to fly the mission and had adequate food and rest 48-hours prior to the accident. Nothing was found which could impair their ability to perform the mission. A maintenance analysis of aircraft forms indicated there were no contributing factors due to maintenance performed or possible systems failure due to past history. Commander Mellish reported that Falcon 34 was hit by an unknown number of rounds of hostile AAA fire which caused the loss. [Taken from thai-aviation.net]
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POSTED ON 9.11.2015
POSTED BY: Joe Double

Lakewood High School class of 1967

Of all the students from lakewood High School
lost in Vietnam I remember Andy

He always had that smile, easy going ,happy go lucky kid

He live 2 doors down from me Arthur Ave Lakewood
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