3, 1964 Seaman Apprentice
(SA) Bob Swanson commenced a sea duty tour with Attack Squadron Twenty
2, 1964, Attack Squadron
22 (VA-22) changed command. Commander (Cmdr.) Claude E. Duchow took command
of the squadron from Cmdr. R. S. Smith who had been commanding officer
from September 12, 1963.
packed the cruise boxes and set off from NAS Lemoore for Naval Air Station
Alameda (NAS Alameda) to board the USS Midway for Cruise to Hawaii and
operations in Hawaiian waters and a STRIKEX (Strike Exercise) off the coast
the new Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Claude E. Duchow crashed in an A-4C (BuNo
149496) while landing at NAS Alameda.
Kills Commander - San Mateo Times, San Mateo, Ca., Tuesday, October
6, 1964, pg. 1.
(AP) - The crash of a jet fighter-bomber today killed Cmdr. Claude E. Duchow,
commanding officer of Attack Squadron 22, based at Naval Air Station, Lemoore,
one-seater struck the seawall at Alameda Naval Air Station at 7:14 a.m.
Duchow is survived by his widow, Edna, and four children at Lemoore.
witness said be saw the plane dissolve into "an orange ball of flame" heard
and explosion, followed quickly by another Air Station spokesman said Commander
Duchow's plane was coming in for a landing under radar control and was
waved off. There was another plane on the runway.
A4B Skyhawk, rocketing through a haze which hung over the water, was about
50 feet up.
was one of 12 flown from Lemoore for service aboard the carrier Midway.
6, 1964 CDR
E. H. Schorz becomes acting Commanding Officer of VA-22.
7, 1964 the USS Midway
Departed NAS Alameda for Hawaiian waters.
17, 1964 VA-22 Aviator
Lt. Paul M. Grafton was landing his A4-C Skyhawk aboard Midway and crashed
into the A4C of Lt. Warner F. Lee. Lt. Lee sitting on the flight deck.
Lt. Lee surveyed the crash but Lt. Grafton ejected and was killed on impact.
George M. Lipe Jr. was struck by one of the aircraft. In an effort to save
Airman Lipe the mess deck was crowded with shipmates lined up to
donate blood. His wounds were to severe and our shipmate Airman George
Lipe Jr. passed away.
Flier Dies In Carrier Crash - Oakland Tribune
Tues., Oct. 20 1964
today are trying to determine the cause of an unusual accident aboard the
carrier Midway which claimed the lives of a Navy pilot and a flight deck
dead were identified as Airman George W. Lipe Jr., of 27879 Havana Ave.,
Hayward, and Lt. Paul M. Grafton, who lived at Lemoore Naval Air Station.
accident occurred Saturday night while the Alameda based carrier was conducting
air operations near Hawaii.
A4 Skyhawk jet was landing on the carrier when it crashed into another
aircraft still on the flight deck.
other jet, piloted by Lt. Warner F. Lee who was not injured, had just landed
and was being towed off the deck.
Lipe, who was married just a month ago, was at the front of Lee's aircraft
directing it. He was struck down during the crash and fatally injured.
He leaves his widow Eva.
said Grafton ejected from his plane at the moment of impact. It was not
known whether he ejected intentionally or whether the ejection seat was
was also no explanation of why the flight deck was not cleared before Lt.
Grafton came for his landing.
Paul M. Grafton '55 U.S.N.R.
was born at Carney Hospital on May 30, 1937, to Edmund Grafton and Mary
(Kelly) Grafton. Paul had two sisters, Mary Anne and Liz, and two brothers,
David and Vincent.
attended the Willard School in West Quincy and then on to Archbishop Williams
High School, where he participated in wrestling, hockey and baseball. Paul
enjoyed high jumping at the quarries in West Quincy with his friends. He
raced both small and larger class sailboats in college.
went on to Maritime Academy and joined the Navy while attending school.
He was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Wrangell and the Destroyer Leader U.S.S.
Norfolk. Paul attended Naval Air Station in Florida for basic training
and advanced training at Kingsville, Texas. He was a Navy pilot flying
an A4B Skyhawk aircraft on board the Aircraft Carrier CVA 41 U.S.S. Midway
when he lost his life on October 17, 1964, during the Vietnam conflict.
Paul made a promise with a classmate and close friend, for each to watch
over the other's family. From October 1964 to this day, Captain Harry Cannon
has called me every month and kept me on an even keel.
I still miss you Paul, Thank You and God Bless. You and our other five
heroes gave your lives for us and we have the privilege of honoring you
today. Please remember all those that have served are serving and those
that will serve. Our prayers are with all those that gave their lives for
our freedom. David P. Grafton (Brother) _
I first met Paul, he was assigned to the U.S.S Norfolk, based in Norfolk,
Virginia. He loved the Navy, his Sunbeam car, and any water sport. We were
married in December 1962. His desire was to become a naval aviator, rather
than remain in the surface warfare branch of the Navy. After receiving
his wings he was ordered to Light Attack Squadron VA-22 based at Lemoore,
California, flying A4 aircraft. When Paul died he left behind two children,
Brian, who was two at the time, and Paula Michele (named after Paul) who
was born after his death. Babs Demand (Paul's widow)
Donald. M. Wyand took over VA-22 as Commanding
Officer from acting Commanding Officer CDR E. H. Schor.
October 1964, he was ordered to the "Fighting Redcocks" of Attack Squadron
TWENTY-TWO as Commanding Officer. In 1965 Captain WYAND participated
in 161 combat missions in Southeast Asia from USS MIDWAY. He was
awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, fifteen Air Medals, three Navy
Commendation Medals, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star and
Palm, and his squadron was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation. (More
about Commander Wyand)
2, 1964 Bob Swanson
promoted to Seaman (SN).
6, 1964 the
USS Midway returned to NAS Alameda. I was transferred on Noveber 13, 1964
to Va-113 Detachment
Quebec (Det Q).
Midway is now a Museum in San Diego, California.
- VA-22 was with Carrier Air Wing TWO until 1968-69