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USAF 317 TCW
USAF 317 TCW
Damaged by fire at Evreux AB, France. Exact date of occurrence has not been determined. Some sources state while refueling while others states it was during maintenance. Years later the wreckage was moved to Spangdahlem AB, Germany to repair C-130 #58-0734 (c/n 3530) in October 1969.
58-0745 Wing fire Ocet 1961, per 317th Veterans Group
What may be the longest aircraft tow in Air Force history took place in January of 1962 and was performed by the 317th Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron based at Evreux Air Base, France. The 600 mile tow from Evreux to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany took four days to complete. C-130B 58-0745 suffered a wing loss at Evreux due to a refueling fire in Oct. 1961. It was towed to Spangdahlem to be used to repair the nose and fuselage of C-130B 58-0734 which had heavy damage to those sections from another accident. The 317th CAMS tow team participants were Capt. Arthur E. Hempen, TSgt. Ralph Slayback, SSgt. Calvin Sweigart, A1C Harry Drew, A1C H. P. Clef, A1C W.T. Lichy, A2C Frances De Paris, A3C Charles McMullen. You can read the base newspaper article and view the photos of this amazing tow, including the historic photo of the C-130 circling the Arch of Triumph in Paris by clicking here. Many thanks for these photos go to Yvonne C. Drew, widow of Msgt Henry M Drew who was on the tow team.
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