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From Brian Wizard's 145th Combat Aviation Battalion website
The 145th Combat Aviation Battalion Forward Command Post at Tay Ninh (West) Airfield became operational at 111330 November 1966. The mission of the 145th Combat Aviation Battalion was to provide command and control, troop carriers, armed helicopters, pathfinders and rapid refueling support
to the 25th Infantry Division during "OPERATION ATTLEBORO II" from 11 to 24 November 1966. On 21 November the 145th Combat Aviation Battalion conducted two combat assaults, two extractions and one repositioning, all of battalion size. All of the operations utilized A Company, 25th Aviation battalion and the 118th and 175th Assault Helicopter Companies. The first operation was a combat assault from Fire Support Base #1(XT 275785) To XT 2757962. This lift of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry was compleated by 0840 with 26 UH/1D's transporting 176 troops and flying 35 hours and 110 sorties. The second operation of the day was a combat assault of the 1st Battalion of the 27th Infantry from Fire Support Base #2 (XT 272861) to XT272938. A total of 342 troops were carried in 20 UH/1D which flew 15 hours and 162 sorties. The third operation was an extraction of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry from XT 272962 to Fire Support Base #2 (XT272861). A total of 276 troops were transported in 110 sorties and 35 hours by 25 UH/1D's. One helicopter from the 175th Assault Helicopter Company received one hit at XT 225685 however there were no casualties. The fourth operation of the day was the extraction of the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry from XT 272940 to Fire Support Base #2 (XT 272861). This lift saw a total of 342 troops transported in 15 hours and 162 stories by 20 UH/1D's. The final operation of the day involved repositioning the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry from Fire Support Base #2 (XT 272861) to Tay Ninh (West) 20 UH/1D's moved 276 troops in 108 sorties and 54 flying hours. The 145 Combat Aviation Battalion conducted two operations on 22 November utilizing A Company, 25th Aviation Battalion and the 71st Assault Helicopter Company.
The first operation was a combat assault for the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry from XT 270863 to XT 373854. 19 UH/1D's carried 330 troops in 158 sorties and 25 flying hours. In the afternoon the unit was extracted from XT 375857 to XT 272865. 19 UH/1D's carried 330 troops in 160 sorties and 25 hours. On 23 November the 145th Combat Avaition Battalion conducted five tactical operations to include two combat assaults, two extractions and one repositioning. The following units were utilized on all operations: A and B
Companies, 25th Aviation Battalion and the 71st and 116th Assault Helicopter Companies. The first operation was a repositioning of one company of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry from Tay Ninh (West) to Fire Support Base #2 (XT 272861), with 26 UH/1D's transporting 120 troops in 20 sorties and 10 flying hours. The second operation of the day, a combat assault for the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry from XT 285869 into three LZ's located at XT 198870, XT 193869 and XT 189869. A total of 360 troops were
transported by 26 UH/1D's flying 28 hours 132 sorties. Fire was recieved at XT 195870 however no aircraft were hit. The thrid mission was a combat assault conducted for the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry from Fire Support Base #2 (XT 272861) to XT 198806. 26 UH/1D's carried 264 troops in 100 sorties and 20 flying hours. The forth mission of the day was an extraction of the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry from PZ's (XT 198870, XT 193869 and XT189969) to Fire Support Base #2. A total of 26 UH/1D's carried 300 troops
and flew 132 sorties and 28 hours. The day's fifth operation was the extraction of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry from XT 198806 to Fire Support Base #1 (XT 275785) and from there to Tay Ninh (West). 26
helicopters carried 400 troops in 150 sorties and flew 40 hours.
On the 24th of November the 145th Combat Avaition Battalion conducted two tactical operations utilizing the 71st and 118th Assault Helicopter Companies and A and B Companies, 25th Aviation Battalion. 26 UH/1D's were utilized on both operations. The first mission was the repositioning of the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry from Fire Support Base #2 to Tay Ninh (West). A total of 408 troops were carried in 208 sorties and 100 flying hours. The second operations of the day was the extractions of the 2nd Battalion, 27th
Infantry from Fire Support Base #2 to Fire Support Base #1 and from there to Cu Chi. A total of 924 troops were transported in 1998 sorties and 128 hours flown. In Support of "OPERATION ATTLEBORO" elements controlled by the 145th Combat Aviation Battalion flew 1334 hours and 5857 combat sorties with 9105 troops being lifted. 13 aircraft took hits, however none had to be recovered.