SrA James D. Bach
February 26, 1981
While participating in Special Warfare Exercise 81 (SPECWAREX), an MC-130E Combat Talon I (call sign STRAY 59) from the 1st Special Operations Squadron crashed into the ocean shortly after departing NAS Cubi Point in the Philippines on a predawn mission. Eight of the nine crewmembers and 15 special operators, including CCTs SrA Glenn Bloomer and SrA James Bach, perished upon impact with the water.
Lost that day from 1 SOS: Major James Kirk, Pilot in Command, Captain Norman Martel, Co-Pilot, Captain Thomas Patterson, Navigator, Captain Gregory Peppers, Navigator, Technical Sergeant Stephen Blyler, Radio Operator, Technical Sergeant Barry Chumbley, Loadmaster, Technical Sergeant Gary Logan, Loadmaster, Staff Sergeant John Felton, Flight Engineer.
Lost that day from the combined Special Operations component: Senior Airman David Bingaman, Senior Airman Glenn Bloomer, Senior Airman James Bach, Airman First Class Kyle Wells, Sergeant 1st Class Danny Janecki, USA, Staff Sergeant Patrick Estel, USA, Staff Sergeant Davis Hagen, USA, Sergeant Bryan Broadwater, USA, Petty Officer 3rd Class Rodrigo Penol, Philippine Navy, Seaman Manuel Dumo, Philippine Navy, Sergeant Ewen Miller, Australian Army, Sergeant Murray Tonkin, Australian Army, Signalman Gregory Fry, Australian Army, Warrant Officer 2nd Class Dave Heywood, New Zealand Army, and Sergeant Dennis Terry, New Zealand Army.