Apr 16, 2019 12:00 PM
Brian Nickerson
1969 U.S. Navy EC-121 shootdown incident

On April 15, 1969 two North Korean Mig-21 fighters shot down a U.S. Navy EC-121 reconnaissance aircraft of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One over the Sea of Japan as it flew a regular surveillance mission in international airspace, 80 miles from the North Korean coast. 31 American sailors were killed in the incident.