“Eleven bodies had been recovered last night from the wreckage of the U.S. Marine Corps C-130 Hercules transport plane which crashed in Yau Tong Bay shortly after take-off from Kai Tak yesterday morning,” the South China Morning Post reported on August 25, 1965. “Only 13 survivors were picked up after the crash and they are now in Queen Elizabeth Hospital receiving treatment for shock and injuries.” The plane had been carrying 71 American servicemen – 69 marines, including a crew of six, and two navy men – who were returning to Da Nang, in Vietnam, after four days of rest and recreation in Hong Kong. According to an eyewitness, “the plane had just become airborne when it veered to the left”. “They said one of its wings dipped into the water and broke off. The aircraft hit the water nose first and sank soon afterwards,” the Post article said. “Fuel spewed out over the water and fire immediately spread over a wide area of the bay. “The eyewitness said that he then saw more than ten people floating in the water shouting for help. Some of them were trying to swim towards the shore. Then flames […] engulfed them and they were not seen again.” Two crane barges were used to lift the wrecked fuselage from the water and onto land so the bodies that remained inside could be recovered. “All the crew members, including Captain C. F. Simerly, captain of the aircraft, were among the survivors.” By August 29, all the bodies had been recovered. The last of them would be flown to Clark Air Base, in the Philippines. After identification and “final processing” they were repatriated to the United States for burial. “Six of the 13 survivors […] were moved from Queen Elizabeth Hospital and flown to [a base in] Okinawa yesterday,” reported the Post on August 30. Three had already departed for Clark Air Base, while two had returned to Da Nang, leaving two in Hong Kong. Tragically, one of the survivors died just three-and-a-half hours before his father arrived in the colony. According to the Post ’s final report on the incident, from September 1, the last remained in a critical condition.