FW: OV-10 Bronco Association : SL-8 Trawler 11 April 1971
Below you will find a note from a gentleman looking for information
on an event in SEA involving the sinking of SL-8 trawler.
Here is a little background from a YO-3A website.
The YO-3A and the USN OV-10 Flying Black Ponies participated sinking a SL-8
Trawler, the largest of the Viet Nam War:
The vessel was tracked out of North Viet Nam to the tip of the SEA Peninsula
where it made a 180.
Whisperdick(Osborne) went and surveyed the Southeastern RVN coast to
determine the most likely off-load location. He correctly predicted the
place. I believe Osborne, Shyrock, their crews, and probably others tracked
the vessel to the spot and called in the strike. I also believe that our
aircrews alternated time on station.
The Black Ponies shot up the vessel, after which it began circling. Later
that night the vessel blew-up and sank.
Kit Lavell took credit for sinking the vessel on behalf of the Black Ponies
and the Navy. (See his book Flying Black Ponies.
Some say that a USN Destroyer at sea was also shooting at the vessel and
some say the crew scuttled the vessel. Either way the YO-3As and our crew
had a big part of the action.
From: Arthur Little [mailto:alittle@...]
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2008 3:07 PM
Subject: OV-10 Bronco Association : SL-8 Trawler 11 April 1971
I am trying to gather some information from everyones
perspective on the events that led up to that night in April when the
SL-8 was sunk. I was attached to the FAW detachment at Cam Ranh Naval
Air Facility and was somewhat involved in the Market Time end of
things. I was on the radio at one point that night talking to your
people and listened from commencement to explosion.
There are several of us that are trying to tie the whole story
together. I have found a copy of Kit Lavell's book and am in the
process of exchanging some information with others but I know there
are those out there, particularly Black Pony, that can give a personal
perspective to the night. Any information or contacts you might
provide would be greatly appreciated.
Arthur Richard Little QMC(Ret) USN