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A-10 COMBAT LOSSES

Desert Storm 1991

OA-10A 76-0543

23 TASS Nail FAC, 602 TACW, Davis Monthan AFB AZ
Shot down in combat
Feb 19, 1991 0622Z
Pilot Survived
Hit by Infra Red SAM (SA-9) 62 nm North West of Kuwait city. 23rd TASS/602nd TACW (NF).
Pilot Lt Col Jeffery Fox (40 from Fall River, Mass) call sign "NAIL53" injured as he ejected, captured as POW and released Mar 5, 1991.

OA-10A 77-0197

23 TASS Nail FAC, 602 TACW, Davis Monthan AFB AZ
Crashed on landing
Feb 27, 1991 0932Z
Pilot Killed
Hit by AAA small arms. Pilot Lt Patrick Olson attempted landing at King Khalid Military City (KKMC), Forward Operating Location (FOL) 1 while in Manual Reversion after loosing all its hydraulics and in extreme weather conditions. On landing the aircraft cart-wheeled wingtip over wingtip, flipped over onto its back killing Lt. Olson. There was nothing left of the aircraf. The remains of the aircraft were buried at the KKMC FOL.

A-10A 78-0722

353 TFS Panthers, 354 TFW, Myrtle Beach AFB SC
Shot down in combat
Feb 5, 1991 1500Z
Pilot Survivied
AAA ground fire 60 miles north west of Kuwait city while attacking Republican Guard targets. Thought to have been engaged by SA-13 'Gopher' SAM. Pilot Lt James Sweet ejected and made Prisoner of War.

A-10A 79-0130

353 TFS Panthers, 354 TFW, Myrtle Beach AFB SC
Shot down in combat
15 Feb 1991 1335Z
Pilot Killed
Hit by ground fire approx 60 miles North West of Kuwait city while attacking Republican Guard targets. Thought to have been engaged by SA-13 'Gopher' SAM. Pilot Capt Steven Phyllis killed in action.
Capt. Steve Phyllis died while protecting his downed wingman, 1st Lt. Robert James Sweet.

A-10A 79-0181

76 TFS Vanguards, 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing, England AFB LA
Crashed on landing
Feb 22, 1991 1500Z
Pilot Survived
Hit by SA-13 SAM. Capt Rich Biley made a successful wheels-up, hard stick landing in Manual Reversion at King Khalid Military City (KKMC), Forward Operating Location (FOL) 1. The CLSS team stripped the unrepairable aircraft of parts, some send down to King Fahd International Airport (KFIA), Main Operating Base (MOB) for use on other birds, and then buried 181 in the desert. Capt Biley was not hurt during this crash.

A-10A 80-0248

76 TFS Vanguards, 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing, England AFB LA
Shot down in combat
Feb 2, 1991 0925Z
Pilot Survived
Hit by either 'optical AAA' ground fire or SAM 20, unconfirmed which it was, NM SW of Kuwait City, Kuwait. Pilot Capt Richard Dale Storr successfully ejected, was captured, made a POW and released Mar 6, 1991.