Ralph Wayne MageeCaptain
314TH AIR DIVISION, PACAF
United States Air Force
28 September 1931 - 23 March 1961
Port Sulphur, Louisiana
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The database page for Ralph Wayne Magee
This memorial is for a father I never knew, and wish I had.
From his son,
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 23 March 1961 C-47B tail number 44-76330 departed Vientiane, Laos, enroute Saigon. The aircraft flew over the Plaines des Jarres area with the intention of monitoring North Vietnamese and Soviet activity. It was hit by enemy fire and crashed about 4 miles north of Phon Savan airfield, Xiangkhoang Province, Laos. Eight men were aboard the C-47:
The remains of 1stLt Magee, 2ndLt Matteson, SSgt Bankowski, and SSgt Sampson were repatriated on 11 July 1991, with identification announced on 29 Nov 1991. The remains of 1stLt Weston, WO Weitkamp, and SSgt Garside have not been repatriated.
The 314th Air Division, based at Osan, Korea, provided air transportation services throughout the Western Pacific Ocean area and had detachments at various Southeast Asian locations. While the C-47 (and most probably its crew) belonged to one of the 314th's operating squadrons, The Virtual Wall does not know which squadron.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 08 Jan 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009