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U-2 Operations: Losses Operational Training

Operational Losses

Date Pilot Details
September 9, 1962 Huai Chen took off from Taoyuan at 0600 for a mission on military deployment in Jiangxi region in U-2C "378". He was shot down by SA-2 fired by PLAAF 2nd Surface-to-Air Guided Missile Battalion over Nanchang. Chen was alive when he was found but died at the hospital.
November 1, 1963 Robin Yeh flew this mission on nuclear weapons facilitie in northwestern China in U-2C "355". He was shot down by SA-2 fired by PLAAF 2nd Surface-to-Air Guided Missile Battalion over Jiangxi and was captured alive by the Chinese Communists. He was released to Hong Kong on November 10, 1982.
July 7, 1964 Terry Lee took off in 362 from NAS Cubi Point, Philippines on a mission on China's supply lines to North Vietnam. He was shot down by SA-2 fired by PLAAF 2nd Surface-to-Air Guided Missile Battalion over Fujian and was killed. A Chinese source claimed that his ejection seat was not armed and so could not fire.
January 10, 1965 Jack Chang took off in 358 from Taoyuan at about 1830 and the aircraft was shot down in Inner Mangolia at about 2115 by missiles fired by PLAAF 1st Surface-to-Air Guided Missile Battalion and was captured alive. He was also released on November 10, 1982.
September 8, 1967 Tom Huang flew this mission in 373 over Jiangsu province, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. He was shot down by Chinese-made Red Flag 2 by PLAAF 14th Surface-to-Air Guided Missile Battalion over Jiaxing and was killed.
May 16, 1969 Billy Chang flew this mission along Hebei seacoast. The aircraft lost control approximately 100nm south of Cheju Island, ROK. The pilot was killed.

Training Losses

Date Pilot Details
March 19, 1961 Yaohua Chih took off in 351 from Taoyuan for a night flight training. The aircraft veered off runway and burned. The pilot was killed.
March 23, 1964 Sonny Liang was in 356 for a photo training over Taiwan. The aircraft lost control due to improper handling. Liang ejected but was drowned.
October 22, 1965 Pete Wang took off in 352 on a photo training over Taiwan. The aircraft possibly lost control due to improper handling. The pilot was missing and presumed dead.
February 17, 1966 Charlie Wu was undergoing a high-altitude photo training. He shot down the engine when he got an overtemp warning. He attempted to land in CCK, which was the divert field and had a very long runway. When he saw a smaller strip, he decided to land there. But the airstrip is too short. The aircraft overshot runway during forced landing and crashed into civilian housing. The pilot and five civilians perished.
March 22, 1966 Andy Fan ejected from his first training flight.
June 21, 1966 Mickey Yu was on a long-range, high-altitude flight training when the engine flamed-out due to ruptured fuel supply line. He then attempted an unsuccessful forced landing in Okinawa. He bailed out but died of wounds sustained.
November 24, 1970 Denny Huang was doing take-off and landing training in Taoyuan while the U-2R "057" crashed. The pilot perished.

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