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1968   25th Aviation Batallion Staff Log
Significant Activity involving Little Bear Aircraft and Personnel
Items of interest taken from staff log.  All mortar and rocket attacks noted which were listed in Staff Log
Date
Time
2-Jan
250
LB Scramble for Emergency Resupply of Katum
1352
FSB Burt On Fire, Ammo Exploding
19-Jan
1945
Mortar Attack LB Orderly Room Hit, Shower hit, 1 UH1D damaged, NCO Club minor damage, HQ. Major Damage.
20-Jan
900
25th Aviation notified they will be receiving 3 UH-1H, 1 in Jan, 1 in Feb, and 1 in Mar. UH-1d's to be turned in.
2110
Mortar Attack
31-Jan
305
Mortar Attack
325
Mortar Attack
430
Mortar Attack
440
LB631 Crashed inside Dau Tieng - Engine Failure, Pilot Bankhead has broken leg
453
Mortar Attack
533
Mortar Attack
550
Runway damage reported
725
LB118 has 20 holes, LB 915 has 10 holes
1-Feb
250
Mortar Attack, HHC assembling reaction force
1910
Mortar Attack
2100
2 rounds in Bear Pit
2-Feb
420
Mortar Attack
555
Mortar Attack
655
Mortar Attack
3-Feb
310
Mortar Attack
355
Mortar Attack
4-Feb
5
Mortar Attack
230
Mortar Attack
500
Mortar Attack
7-Feb
2315
Mortar Attack
11-Feb
100
Mortar Attack
13-Feb
30
Mortar Attack
15-Feb
2237
Mortar Attack
17-Feb
2400
Mortar Attack
18-Feb
715
Mortar Attack
21-Feb
132
Mortar Attack
1315
LB 142 Mayday - down at 7296 - AC shot down XS573934, Crew out and safe
22-Feb
650
Mortar Attack
23-Feb
110
Mortar Attack
700
Mortar Attack
28-Feb
100
Mortar Attack
200
Mortar Attack
2200
Mortar Attack
2337
Mortar Attack
Feb-29
116
Mortar Attack
453
Mortar Attack
1120
Mortar Attack
1915
Mortar Attack
2309
Mortar Attack
1-Mar
720
Mortar Attack
4-Mar
1925
LB 615 fires on friendly troops after being fired upon at XT710095
5-Mar
2205
Mortar Attack
6-Mar
120
Rocket Attack
625
Rocket Attack
8-Mar
1825
LB 628 Down to unknown Cause at XT712070, Pipesmoked
10-Mar
1350
Mortar Attack
11-Mar
630
Mortar Attack
14-Mar
200
Mortar Attack
445
Mortar Attack
1905
Mortar Attack
15-Mar
515
Mortar Attack
20-Mar
700
All missions late due to early morning Ground Fog
2-Apr
710
LB 080 Down at Tay Ninh due to transmission and power failure
7-Apr
210
Mortar Attack
10-Apr
1405
LB 622 Down at XT782122, rolls on side, burning.  Crew out and recovered by LB 628
2200
Mortar Attack
2225
LB 577 took 10-15 schrapnel hits in Bear Pit
2255
Bunker officer states Bunker 65 has 122 rocket embedded in ground 30 meters from bunker.
15-Apr
1030
Mortar Attack
20-Apr
1215
Mortar Attack
21-Apr
650
LB 065 down east of Trang Bang XT529229, Crew uninjured
23-Apr
2005
Mortar Attack
5-May
405
Mortar Attack - Incoming rounds hit Orderly room - 4 WIA
1315
Mortar Attack
6-May
250
Mortar Attack
715
Mortar Attack
7-May
1130
LB Emergency resupply to Conex City
1740
LB 634 down at VIP Pad due to FOD
9-May
200
Mortar Attack
10-May
645
Mortar Attack
11-May
1000
Mortar Attack
16-May
1735
Mortar Attack
23-May
750
Mortar Attack
25-May
920
Mortar Attack
29-May
1455
LB 633 Hit by Ground Fire, down at Katum
4-Jun
104
Rocket Attack
325
Rocket Attack
5-Jun
1035
LB 577 down 6K north of Trung Lap - Excessive Tail Rotor vibration - Pipesmoke
6-Jun
920
LB 629 down at Trang Bang due to compressor stall
9-Jun
305
All ARVN compounds in vicinity of Cu Chi under attack.  Bunker line reinforced.
5-Aug
1505
LB 629 down at Hoc Mon XS7303, 086 to recover personnel
1926
LB 627 hit by ground fire
13-Aug
1130
LB 577 hit in tail rotor drive shaft
14-Aug
1205
LB 637 15 min overdue at Trang Bang, diverted LB 819 to look for aircraft
1255
LB 814 spots LB 637 crashed on road XT458951, Two injured, both 101st.
2030
LB 629 hit by ground fire
18-Aug
753
Pilot Lt. Labarsh hit by small arms
820
LB 120 took hits it Radio
1512
LB 633 crashed on Nui Ba Dinh, heavy damage, 1 broken leg, dustoff unable to land due to weather
19-Aug
1015
LB 142 has engine failure at Tay Hinh POL
1345
LB 142 crashes inside perimeter on Nui Ba Dinh, heavy damage. CG injured back. Dustoff
21-Aug
1025
LB 153 requests pipesmoke due to damage from claymore mine.
1405
LB 577 reports Dau Tieng under heavy mortar attack
1615
LB 677 shot down XT276513
25-Aug
1302
LB 120 reports crew chief shot in leg, evac.
29-Aug
1415
LB 636 down at Trung Lap, All safe.
4-Sep
1637
LB 667 hit by schrapnel on Ground at FSB Darby
5-Sep
620
Dau Tieng under ground Attack
1700
LB 814 took schrapnel in tail rotor
8-Sep
1215
LB 557 Hit tree at XT632338, major damage, pipesmoke
11-Sep
155
FSB Buell under ground attack, Tay Ninh on Red Alert, DH reports 40-50 antiaircraft guns around FSB Buell
13-Sep
215
FSB Buell under Ground Attack
30-Sep
1315
LB 613 Flying defoliation mission 20-30 feet off ground, set off claymore mine, gunner hit, hospitalized
7-Oct
1215
LB 814 has engine failure at POL
1420
LB 134 (2nd Brig C&C) hit, changing ships
11-Oct
1245
Gen Williamson inspects bomb racks used on UH-1D (LB 629 and others)
21-Oct
1200
Aircraft down and burning at XT665400 (b-52)?
1225
Parachutes sighted, pilots Ok
4-Nov
915
LB 769 Took small arms fire at XT5617, hit forward of crosstubes
1935
3 aircraft down XT545165, 1 aircraft down XT555135
1954
5 ship lift off to Pershing to pickup security force for downed aircraft.
6-Nov
145
Mortar Attack - 6 rounds in Battalion area, 5 at airfield
245
Phu Cuong bridge under attack
8-Nov
42
FSB Patton under ground attack
11-Nov
1715
LB 086 Hydraulic failure, landed safely on active
16-Nov
1431
ADAO notified that "Charlie" aircraft down at XT564106, LB 086 reports all occupants killed
21-Nov
1
Report of NVA of Regimental size in Angel Wing
2309
FSB Reed Under ground attack
24-Nov
2150
LB 134 received several hits, no injuries at XT525213
1-Dec
1110
LB 764 down in secure area , Hit by ground fire XT570175 Pipesmoke
5-Dec
555
Mortar Attack
8-Dec
1825
Mortar attack. I round hits near bunker 54 , Sgt Martin wounded
9-Dec
340
Mortar Attack
14-Dec
LB 764 Down at Trung Lap Hole in transmission, all safe
17-Dec
2359
Rocket attack
22-Dec
100
Major attack on Tay Ninh, 2 ship emergency resupply of ammo, LB 757 down at Tay Ninh-transmission
(WO  Rodgers and WO Wilhelm resupply at PB Mole City)






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