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 UH-1D 64-13660

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13660
Date: 03/18/66
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at 1100 feet and 075 knots.
Not Reported
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (5.6MM)
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS, MAIN ROTOR SYS, STRUCTURE
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Repaired at TAN SON NH
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P1, 01023, DYNAL ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13660
Date: 08/03/66
Accident case number: G099
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 7454
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC HANSON DL
P BAENZIGER

Accident Summary:
TR HIT BUSHES WHILE HV ON PICK UP OF PATIENTS EXT VIB ENCOUNTERED ACFT LANDED

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13660
The Army purchased this helicopter 0565
Total flight hours at this point: 00000561
Date: 11/20/66
Unit: ARMY AVN DIV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
While in PickUp Zone this helicopter was at Hover at 0020 feet and 025 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 10 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
Systems damaged were: ENGINE, HYDRAULIC SYS, STRUCTURE, DRIVESHAFT, FLT CONTROLS, ELECTRICAL SYS
The helicopter made a Precautionary Landing. Aircraft was capable of one time flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
BIEN LUC recovered the helicopter.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P1, 00879, DYNAL ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13660
The Army purchased this helicopter 0565
Total flight hours at this point: 00000855
Date: 04/03/67
Unit: ARMY AVN DIV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0050 feet and 090 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 3 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Passenger Cargo Section
Systems damaged were: GEAR BOX, FUEL SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72451 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13660
The Army purchased this helicopter 0565
Total flight hours at this point: 00000855
Date: 04/10/67
Unit: ARMY AVN DIV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0050 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 3 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Passenger Cargo Section
Systems damaged were: TAIL ROTOR
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72484 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13660
The Army purchased this helicopter 0565
Total flight hours at this point: 00001217
Date: 01/25/68
Accident case number: 680125181
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 5200
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 HARRISON GR
P W1 HEFFERNA PM

Accident Summary:
Aircraft hovered down taxiway, lost visual contact due to dust from rotor wash, struck ground
This record was last updated on 01/05/


 UH-1D 64-13703

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13703
Date: 07/19/66
Incident number: 66071925.BAT
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Troop Extraction , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Forward area
Systems damaged were: MAIN ROTOR SYS
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
costing 0
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P1, 00410, JSIDR (Joint Services Incident Damage Report. )
Helicopter was not recovered
This record was last updated on 02/22/00

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13703
Date: 08/14/66
South Vietnam
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13703
Date: 08/14/66
Incident number: G042ACD Accident case number: G042
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 0
costing 297444
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC JORDAN VJ
P SCOTT HB
CE SP4 BILLERO MICHAEL JAMES JR KIA

Accident Summary:
ACFT IN NC WHEN LOUD BANG HEARD ACFT STARTED SPIN TO RT WENT INTO AUTO AND STOPPED SPIN THEN ADDED PWR AND SPIN STARTED AGAIN ACFT LANDED IN TREES AND BURNED SUS ANTITORQUE FAIL SUP INFO TR FAIL ESTAB PARTS COULD NOT BE RECOVERED COMP THAT FAILED UNK
This record was last updated on 05/25/98

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: SP4 Michael James Billero, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/14/66 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 22.6
Date of Birth: 01/11/44
Home City: Jersey City, NJ
Service: component of the U.S. Army.
Major organization: other
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10E-003
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 64-13703
Service number: 51544697
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 11/18/65
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 08/25/96



 UH-1D 64-13707

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13707
Date: 02/13/66
Accident case number: 0D811 Forced Landing without damage Accident
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O3 PHILLIPS J

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13707
Date: 07/19/66
Incident number: 66071925.BAT Accident case number: F694
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO THEATER
for Troop Extraction , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 15 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM, 12.7MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Forward area
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS, MAIN ROTOR SYS, STRUCTURE, FLT CONTROLS, ELECTRICAL SYS, COMM SYS, PERSONNEL
The armor protecting the personnel, per was effective.
Casualties = 03 WIA . . Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft is later recovered by any means other than its own power.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
costing 0
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: ARADM, CRAFX, JSIDR (Joint Services Incident Damage Report. Crash Facts Message. )
Helicopter was not recovered

Crew Members:
AC SAUERS RL

Accident Summary:
Received hostile fire while departing LZ. Flew to secure area.
This record was last updated on 02/22/00


 UH-1D 64-13777

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13777
The Army purchased this helicopter 0965
Total flight hours at this point: 00001366
Date: 04/06/67
Accident case number: 670406101
Unit: 2 SIG
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 1380
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 BABON TM

Accident Summary:
In flight, the N2 tachometer and the generator failed. The pilot autorotated onto a dirt road and landed hard. Supporting information: Failure of N2 turbine blades and generator failure

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13777
The Army purchased this helicopter 0965
Total flight hours at this point: 00002526
Date: 03/16/68
Accident case number: 680316021
Unit: 355 AVN
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 480
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 FRAUENTH RW

Accident Summary:
The cargo door was lost in flight. The open cargo door retaining pen was not installed
This record was last updated on 01/31/97

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13777
The Army purchased this helicopter 0965
Total flight hours at this point: 00002526
Date: 03/18/68
Accident case number: 680318031
Unit: 355 AVN
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 1400
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 HUNTER RL
P O2 LAVALLEE PL
CE E4 WARD JM
G E4 NELSON WR

Accident Summary:
During flight, the aircraft jerked several times, the engine oil press dropped to 20 lbs and the torque dropped to 5 lbs. An autorotation was made to a rice paddy. The skids dug into the soft ground and the aircraft rocked up on its nose and then back on the stinger
This record was last updated on 01/31/97


 UH-1D 65-09577
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09577
The Army purchased this helicopter 1265
Total flight hours at this point: 00000397
Date: 12/17/66
Unit: 15 MED 1 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
While in PickUp Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
Not Reported
Helicopter took 3 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Right Side
Systems damaged were: TRANSMISSION, STRUCTURE, DRIVESHAFT, PERSONNEL
Casualties = 01 WIA . .
The helicopter made an Emergency Landing. Aircraft is later recovered by any means other than its own power.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P1, 00956, CRAFX, STMNT, FM232 (Crash Facts Message. )

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09577
The Army purchased this helicopter 1265
Total flight hours at this point: 00000397
Date: 12/17/66
Accident case number: H620
Unit: 15 MED 1 CAV
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC MOYLE J
P SCHOLZ DJ

Accident Summary:
ACFT BEING LOADED W/PATIENTS IN PZ WHEN ENEMY FIRE REC UPON TAKEOFF XMSN OIL PRESS LITE CAME ON LDG MADE

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09577
The Army purchased this helicopter 1265
Total flight hours at this point: 00000418
Date: 01/27/67
Unit: 15 MED 1 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
Unknown this helicopter was Climbing at 0070 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Equipment Section
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72133 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09577
The Army purchased this helicopter 1265
Total flight hours at this point: 00000418
Date: 01/28/67
Unit: 15 MED 1 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0010 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 8 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Equipment Section
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS, MAIN ROTOR SYS, PERSONNEL
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72136 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09577
The Army purchased this helicopter 1265
Total flight hours at this point: 00000934
Date: 11/01/67
Unit: 176 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
Unknown this helicopter was on Take-Off at 0003 feet and 070 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Passenger Cargo Section
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 74003 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09577
The Army purchased this helicopter 1265
Total flight hours at this point: 00001361
Date: 09/08/68
Accident case number: 680908051
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 2000
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 JUGE AJ

Accident Summary:
The aircraft was touching down in a confined area when the right skid caught on a stump and RPM was lost. The aircraft spun 180 degrees to the right and struck trees with the main rotor blades
This record was last updated on 04/29/97

 UH-1D   65-09610

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09610
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00001753
Date: 03/27/68
Accident case number: 680327141
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 3800
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 GREGG OE
P W1 JANTZ LM

Accident Summary:
During takeoff prior to reaching translational lift, the tail began to swerve to the right. The aircraft settled to the ground and bounced over a ditch. The aircraft commander align the aircraft with the ditch. When the aircraft commander applied right cyclic and got the aircraft out of the ditch, the right skid made ground contact and a hard landing resulted
This record was last updated on 01/31/97

 UH-1D 65-09611

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09611
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00000964
Date: 04/21/67
Accident case number: 670421021
Unit: ARMY AVN DIV
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 31619
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O3 STEWART WB
P O2 DOTY DW
CE E4 SHEMA TP
G E4 CONLEY DG

Accident Summary:
The pilot allowed the aircraft to touch down with forward speed in the LZ causing the skids to catch in the soft earth and collapse

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09611
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00001097
Date: 07/04/67
Accident case number: 670704031 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 605 TC CO
South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 0
costing 228554
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC W1 BENNETT JH
P W1 COE WR
CE E4 JANSEN MM
G E4 HRYNKO RA

Accident Summary:
Engine failed upon completion of climb-out. The aircraft entered autorotation. The main rotor struck tree tops on landing. The cause of this accident was engine failure.


 UH-1D 65-09614

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09614
Date: 05/21/66
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on Take-Off at 0062 feet and 060 knots.
Not Reported
Helicopter took 3 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Passenger Cargo Section
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL, EQUIPMENT, MAIN ROTOR SYS, STRUCTURE
Casualties = 01 WIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Repaired at VUNG TAU
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P1, 01100, DYNAL ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09614
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00001370
Date: 08/29/67
Unit: BELL HCPTR
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
Unknown this helicopter was on Take-Off at 0025 feet and 040 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Equipment Section
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 73548 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09614
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00001370
Date: 08/30/67
Unit: BELL HCPTR
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Logistics Support mission for Resupply , to Forward Area.
Unknown this helicopter was at Hover at 0003 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 6 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 73564 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09614
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00001453
Date: 09/22/67
Unit: BELL HCPTR
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Command and Control
Unknown this helicopter was on Take-Off at 0500 feet and 060 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Tail Section
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 73738 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09614
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00001699
Date: 12/14/67
Accident case number: 671214031
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 35485
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 MUCIOLI RI
P W1 ALEXANDER WR

Accident Summary:
On final to a confined area with a sling load, the engine failed. An autorotation into an area with trees and stumps resulted in major damage.


 UH-1D 65-09615

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09615
Date: 09/19/66
Accident case number: G445
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 299
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC CRABTREE B

Accident Summary:
ON APP TO TAC FLD LOCATION ON MED EVAC AT NITE ACFT HIT TREE BRANCH



 UH-1D 65-09622
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09622
Date: 10/29/66
Accident case number: G951
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 800
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC GASS JM

Accident Summary:
ON APP LDG ACFT ENTERED PATCH GROUND FOG VISUAL CONTACT WITH GROUND LOST AT 20 30 FT NOT REGAINED UNTIL APPROX 3 FT FROM TD HARD LANDING

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09622
Date: 04/04/67
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Command and Control
While Enroute this helicopter was Unknown at 1200 feet and 070 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Equipment Section
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72454 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09622
Date: 06/06/67
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Command and Control
Unknown this helicopter was in Orbit at 1200 feet and 065 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: FLT CONTROLS
The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft was capable of one time flight.
The aircraft was diverted or delayed after completing some mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72846 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09622
Date: 10/14/67
Accident case number: 671014071
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 3779
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O2 TILLEW WF

Accident Summary:
While the aircraft was departing a confined area, the main rotor blade struck a tree.

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09622
Date: 04/10/68
Accident case number: 680410111 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 173 ABN
The station for this helicopter was Bong Son in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 228554
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC W1 HASE RP
P W1 WHITE DW

Accident Summary:
The aircraft hovered in water to pick up captured rockets. The RPM deteriorated due to over gross weight. A skid dug into the mud. The aircraft slide to left and rolled on its left side
This record was last updated on 04/13/97

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09622
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in .
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

 UH-1D 65-09623

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09623
Date: 05/20/66
Incident number: 0E813ACD Accident case number: 0E813 Total Loss Accident
Unit: 25 INF DIV
South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 0
costing 239921
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P MAJ WINTERS WILLIAM FREDRICK KIA
CP O4 EVANS JL
CE PFC STAHL GEORGE HENRY JR KIA
G E4 CHAVIS LE
This record was last updated on 05/25/98

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: PFC George Henry Stahl, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/20/66 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 19.0
Date of Birth: 05/03/47
Home City: West Fairview, PA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 07E-091
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 65-09623
Service number: 13841980
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: *
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 04/05/66
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: unknown or not reported
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 08/20/95


Name: MAJ William Fredrick Winters
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/20/66 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 45.9
Date of Birth: 06/10/20
Home City: Butler, PA
Service: AT branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: AT branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 07E-092
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 65-09623
Service number: O1292103
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 19PA1
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 03/16/66
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 26
Location: Unknown Province
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 08/20/95

 UH-1D 65-09624
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09624
Date: 07/19/66
South Vietnam
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory




 UH-1D 65-09625

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09625
Date: 12/14/67
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Logistics Support mission for Resupply , to Forward Area.
While in Operations Area this helicopter was in Descent at 0075 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Tail Section
Systems damaged were: TAIL ROTOR, PERSONNEL
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, UH1P2, 74468 (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

 UH-1D-65-09629

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09629
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00002869
Date: 03/22/70
Incident number: 70032202.KIA
Unit: 190 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YT929722
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (RPG)
The helicopter was hit in the Left Side causing a Fire.
Systems damaged were: ENGINE
Casualties = 04 WIA, 01 DOI . .
The helicopter was parked. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Burned
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, LNNF, CASRP, CRAFX, FM385, JSIDR (Operations Report. Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Joint Services Incident Damage Report. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P WO1 HATFIELD MICHAEL JAMES KIA
This record was last updated on 05/25/98

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: WO1 Michael James Hatfield
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/22/70 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.6
Date of Birth: 08/17/48
Home City: Grayling, MI
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 190 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-41/69-37
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 12W-033
Short Summary: Single ship hover down LZ - rocky ledge surrounded by jungle. rpg hit left rear crew compartment blowing off tailboom, engine - memo.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 65-09629
Call sign: Spartan 17X
SSN: 377464217
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: RPG
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 01/20/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Binh Tuy Province III Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
Flying as co-pilot on a UH-1D single ship hover down LZ. Rocky ledge surrounded by jungle. RPG hit left rear crew compartment blowing off tailboom, engine and rotorsystem. Mike killed instantly from head injuries - could not be pulled from burning aircraft of 5 grunts on board 2 were wounded. Pilot and door gunner wounded. from J. Logan, Spartan 17 July 199
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 05/25/98

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09629
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.

 UH-1D 65-09637

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09637
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00000928
Date: 10/05/67
Unit: BELL HCPTR
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Logistics Support mission for Resupply , to Forward Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Equipment Section
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 73859 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09637
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00001593
Date: 08/14/68
Accident case number: 680814121 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 3
costing 228554
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC W1 MATTINGLY DC
P O3 POUCH RC
CE MULKEY
G KINGMAN

Passengers:
UNKNOWN, PAX, G; E3 KB SHAUCHNESSY, PAX, D; E5 RL PIERCE, PAX, D;

Accident Summary:
At approximately 1515 hours, the aircraft was making a take off from a landing zone after picking up 10 empty mermite cans and one passenger. The pilot hover checked the aircraft, backed to the rear limit of the long axis of the area and took off into the prevailing wind. At an altitude of approximately 15 feet, the pilot banked to the left to avoid a barrier of 40 to 60 foot trees to his front. As he banked the aircraft, the tail rotor struck a dead tree. The aircraft commander came on the controls with the pilot after the initial impact. As the aircraft spun to the right shearing the tailboom off just aft of the scynchronized elevator on a tree and throwing two of the three passengers out of the aircraft. The main rotor struck trees and brush as the aircraft descended causing major damage to all drive components and the skids collapsed upon impact with the ground. The aircraft came to rest on a road to the west of the landing zone some 10-15 meters from the point of impact at a 90 degree angle to its path of flight
This record was last updated on 04/17/97


 UH-1D   65-09577

Helicopter UH-1D 65-09577
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09577
The Army purchased this helicopter 1265
Total flight hours at this point: 00000397
Date: 12/17/66
Unit: 15 MED 1 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
While in PickUp Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
Not Reported
Helicopter took 3 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Right Side
Systems damaged were: TRANSMISSION, STRUCTURE, DRIVESHAFT, PERSONNEL
Casualties = 01 WIA . .
The helicopter made an Emergency Landing. Aircraft is later recovered by any means other than its own power.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P1, 00956, CRAFX, STMNT, FM232 (Crash Facts Message. )

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09577
The Army purchased this helicopter 1265
Total flight hours at this point: 00000397
Date: 12/17/66
Accident case number: H620
Unit: 15 MED 1 CAV
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC MOYLE J
P SCHOLZ DJ

Accident Summary:
ACFT BEING LOADED W/PATIENTS IN PZ WHEN ENEMY FIRE REC UPON TAKEOFF XMSN OIL PRESS LITE CAME ON LDG MADE

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09577
The Army purchased this helicopter 1265
Total flight hours at this point: 00000418
Date: 01/27/67
Unit: 15 MED 1 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
Unknown this helicopter was Climbing at 0070 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Equipment Section
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72133 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09577
The Army purchased this helicopter 1265
Total flight hours at this point: 00000418
Date: 01/28/67
Unit: 15 MED 1 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0010 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 8 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Equipment Section
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS, MAIN ROTOR SYS, PERSONNEL
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72136 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09577
The Army purchased this helicopter 1265
Total flight hours at this point: 00000934
Date: 11/01/67
Unit: 176 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
Unknown this helicopter was on Take-Off at 0003 feet and 070 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Passenger Cargo Section
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 74003 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09577
The Army purchased this helicopter 1265
Total flight hours at this point: 00001361
Date: 09/08/68
Accident case number: 680908051
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 2000
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 JUGE AJ

Accident Summary:
The aircraft was touching down in a confined area when the right skid caught on a stump and RPM was lost. The aircraft spun 180 degrees to the right and struck trees with the main rotor blades


 UH-1D 65-09626

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09626
Date: 10/07/66
Accident case number: G679
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P IWAMASA RH

Accident Summary:
ENG FAIL AT 3000 FT FLEX COUPLING 42 DEG GEAR BOX FAILED

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09626
Date: 01/27/67
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While Enroute this helicopter was Unknown at 0050 feet and 090 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
Unknown as to mission impact.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72129 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09626
Date: 02/03/67
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While Enroute this helicopter was Unknown at 0150 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 3 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Tail Section
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72159 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09626
Date: 05/30/67
Accident case number: 670530061 Total loss or fatality Accident
South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 228554
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC O3 BYRD JL
P O3 MOORE JR
CE NO NAME
G E4 BOWLES

Accident Summary:
On take-off, the right skid hit a pipe extending about 6 inches above the surface of the ground. The aircraft pitched over on its right side and came to rest inverted

 UH-1D 65-09627
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09627
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00000849
Date: 02/03/67
Unit: ARMY AVN DIV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0150 feet and 060 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Tail Section
Systems damaged were: DRIVESHAFT
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72169 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09627
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00001451
Date: 09/17/67
Unit: BELL HCPTR
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Logistics Support mission for Resupply , to Forward Area.
Unknown this helicopter was on Take-Off at 0800 feet and 065 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Tail Section
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 73693 ()

 UH-1D 65-09628
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09628
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00001378
Date: 08/08/67
Unit: BELL HCPTR
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0010 feet and 030 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 4 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Main Rotor Blade System
Systems damaged were: MAIN ROTOR SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 73377 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09628
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00001466
Date: 09/28/67
Unit: BELL HCPTR
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Command and Control
Unknown this helicopter was in Orbit at 1700 feet and 070 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Equipment Section
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 73770 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09628
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00003345
Date: 10/04/69
Accident case number: 691004061
Unit: 121 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Soc Trang in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 345
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W2 QUAINTANCE MP

Accident Summary:
AS CP APPLIED COLL PWR ACFT TILTED TO LF SIDE & AS ACFTS ATTITUDE BECAME CRITICAL AC ASSUMED CON & APPLIED RT CYCLIC & DOWN COLL WHEN ACFT CAME TO REST AC ORDERED EVACUATION & SHUTDOWN ICDT DAM \

 UH-1D 65-09629
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09629
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00002869
Date: 03/22/70
Incident number: 70032202.KIA
Unit: 190 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YT929722
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (RPG)
The helicopter was hit in the Left Side causing a Fire.
Systems damaged were: ENGINE
Casualties = 04 WIA, 01 DOI . .
The helicopter was parked. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Burned
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, LNNF, CASRP, CRAFX, FM385, JSIDR (Operations Report. Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Joint Services Incident Damage Report. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P WO1 HATFIELD MICHAEL JAMES KIA
This record was last updated on 05/25/98

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: WO1 Michael James Hatfield
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/22/70 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.6
Date of Birth: 08/17/48
Home City: Grayling, MI
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 190 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-41/69-37
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 12W-033
Short Summary: Single ship hover down LZ - rocky ledge surrounded by jungle. rpg hit left rear crew compartment blowing off tailboom, engine - memo.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 65-09629
Call sign: Spartan 17X
SSN: 377464217
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: RPG
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 01/20/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Binh Tuy Province III Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
Flying as co-pilot on a UH-1D single ship hover down LZ. Rocky ledge surrounded by jungle. RPG hit left rear crew compartment blowing off tailboom, engine and rotorsystem. Mike killed instantly from head injuries - could not be pulled from burning aircraft of 5 grunts on board 2 were wounded. Pilot and door gunner wounded. from J. Logan, Spartan 17 July 199
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 05/25/98


 UH-1D 65-09630

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09630
Date: 12/14/67
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Command and Control
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0030 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Tail Section
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 74458 ()


 UH-1D 65-09631

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09631
Date: 01/31/68
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: AT845858
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Eye Witness Report

You're all aware that I have been searching for Hubert Bankhead for many years. I have talked to each of you about him and related that traumatic time we shared in the opening hours of the Tet Offensive. I was AC at the time. Hubert was still learning the ropes as a pilot. We were assigned Little Bear aircraft 9631 for a counter mortar mission at Dau Tieng on 30 January 1968. Williams and Bell were the two crewmembers assigned. At 04:00 on the morning of the 31st, I decided to get the crew together and get into the air. Intellignence information indicated an impending attack from the enemy. The compound was basically surrounded. The blades were being turned for start when the enemy launched their attack. We got airborn but we never got to a safe altitude or airspeed. We crashed at 4:15 AM into trees. The aircraft inverted. We were surrounded. In short, we were all injured - but we all got out alive. Hubert lost his lower leg. He never made it back to our hooch, Magnet Manor.

A/C Rick Gillespie
P Hubert Bankhead
G Williams-No sure if Williams or Bell was the gunner, but they were the crew members
CE Bell

 UH-1D 65-09632

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09632
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00001023
Date: 08/29/67
Unit: BELL HCPTR
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While Enroute this helicopter was Unknown at 0025 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 4 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 73550 ()

 UH-1H 65-09633

The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00002160
Date: 08/18/68
Accident case number: 680818071 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XT273585
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 6
costing 228554
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC W1 TERAUDS M
P O3 POUCH RC
CE E4 SIMMONS DT
G E4 ELLIOTT LW

Passengers:
UNK UNK, PAX, D; UNK, PAX, G; UNK, PAX, G; UNK, PAX, G; UNK, PAX, G; UNK, PAX, G;

Accident Summary:
The aircraft was on a mission to carry six passengers and medical supplies to the Camp on Nui Ba Den. A thorough pre-flight of the aircraft was made and no major discrepancies were noted. The crew proceeded to Nui Ba Den. While enroute, the crew noticed that Nui Ba Den was engulfed in a cloud layer. Upon reaching the area of Nui Ba Den, the aircraft commander made an evaluation of the landing area and established communications with personnel on the landing pad. WO Terauds found a break in the cloud layer and elected to make his approach from the northeast. He noted that there was a clear path to the landing pad through the cloud layer, with a fine mist blowing across the pad. The approach was initiated approximately 300 feet out and 100 feet above the landing pad with CPT Pouch on the controls. On short final, WO Terauds told the pilot to watch his airspeed. Approximately 75 feet short of the landing pad and altitude of 10 feet, the aircraft began to settle towards the ground and a loss of engine and rotor RPM was noted. WO Terauds reacted immediately and was on the controls with CPT Pouch as the aircraft settled atop a sandbagged bunker approximately 5 meters short of the landing pad. WO Terauds tried to regain his RPM by reducing the collective pitch and then attempted to hover the aircraft to the pad. According to CPT Pouch, the engine RPM was approximately 6200 at this time. According to the crew chief and gunner, it appeared that the aircraft would be able to sit down on the bunker but neither informed the pilots of this. The aircraft was brought to a low hover and WO Terauds tried to get the aircraft onto the landing pad. As the aircraft began to move forward, it also started to pivot to the right. At this point, CPT Pouch got on the controls with WO Terauds to help keep the aircraft straight. Neither pilot realized why the aircraft was reacting as such, or did they mention wind currents. As the aircraft turned to the right, the left skid cleared the side of the bunker. At this time, the aircraft dropped below the top of the bunker, the rotor blades made contact with the ground, and the aircraft came to rest on its left side
This record was last updated on 04/17/97

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09633
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0166.

  UH-1D 65-09634

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09634
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00000661
Date: 01/08/67
Unit: ARMY AVN DIV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
Unknown this helicopter was on Take-Off at 0010 feet and 010 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 3 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL, ELECTRICAL SYS
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72054 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09634
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00002345
Date: 07/26/68
Accident case number: 680726031
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 1000
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 HANSEN HL
P W1 TATUM BC

Accident Summary:
There was a loss of RPM immediately after takeoff. The aircraft yawed to the right striking the ground with movement resulting in damage to the aircraft. Winds were 13 knots and gusting
This record was last updated on 04/16/97

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09634
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0166.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.


 UH-1H 65-09643

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09643
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00001098
Date: 06/29/67
Accident case number: 670629011
Unit: 335 TC CO
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 1000
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O2 CULPEPPER CW
P W1 BLACKMON DG
CE E4 SEESE DR
G E3 BUGHER JH

Accident Summary:
While in-flight, the crew heard a loud noise from the engine and experienced a loss of power. The pilot entered an autorotation which resulted in a hard landing. Suspect FOD inside the engine

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09643
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00001605
Date: 08/02/68
Accident case number: 680802021
Unit: 162 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Phan Thiet in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 1100
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 GREENLEAF GG

Accident Summary:
Upon entry to the traffic pattern, the aircraft experienced severe vibration and partial power loss. On final approach, a complete power failure occurred. The pilot autorotated and the aircraft hit hard on a dike
This record was last updated on 04/17/97

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09643
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00001801
Date: 11/15/68
Accident case number: 681115021
Unit: 128 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Phu Loi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 810
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 HIRREL PH

Accident Summary:
PLT BEGAN TO LEVEL ACFT FOR LDG SHORT SHAFT BROKE & ROTOR RPM STARTED TO DECAY WHILE ENG RPM REMAINED AT 6600 TO 6800 AC LEVELED ACFT ONTO GND \SHORT SHAFT FAILURE \

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09643
The Army purchased this helicopter 0166
Total flight hours at this point: 00002595
Date: 02/18/70
Unit: 336 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
While in Operations Area this helicopter was in Orbit at 0300 feet and 060 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 3 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (B-40 RKT)
The helicopter was hit in the Passenger Cargo Section
Systems damaged were: MAIN ROTOR SYS, PERSONNEL, STRUCTURE
Casualties = 01 WIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: LNNF, CASRP, JSIDR (Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Joint Services Incident Damage Report. Casualty Report. )

 UH-1D 65-09656
Helicopter or incident 65-09656

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09656
The Army purchased this helicopter 0266
Total flight hours at this point: 00000778
Date: 02/04/1967
Unit: ARMY AVN DIV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Logistics Support mission for Resupply , to Forward Area.
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0050 feet and 060 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Equipment Section
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS
The self sealing fuel tank sealed and did not leak.
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72178 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09656
The Army purchased this helicopter 0266
Total flight hours at this point: 00000951
Date: 04/25/1967
Unit: ARMY AVN DIV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Command and Control
Unknown this helicopter was on Take-Off at 0400 feet and 070 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Equipment Section
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS
The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft took off, fully flight capable.
The aircraft was diverted or delayed after completing some mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72566 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09656
The Army purchased this helicopter 0266
Total flight hours at this point: 00000985
Date: 05/25/1967
Unit: ARMY AVN DIV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Command and Control
Unknown this helicopter was on Take-Off at 0020 feet and 060 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 4 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL, MAIN ROTOR SYS
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72792 ()

656 was a new aircraft to the unit. I picked it up from the 254th Med in NaTran about a month before I was shot down in the same aircraft. It was the last UH-lD they had, they were converting to UH-lH's. Gordon Oxford


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09656
The Army purchased this helicopter 0266
Total flight hours at this point: 00001145
Date: 08/01/1967
Accident case number: 670801071
Unit: A/ 25th Aviation
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 1
costing 28089
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O2 JG KULHAVI
P W1 PC GILLESPI
CE E4 DF BUDDE
G E4 CE MCELVEEN

Passengers and/or other participants:
NO NAME, PAX, D


23 Jan 68
shot down at approximately 1530 hours 23 Jan 1968 west of Dau Tieng in the rubber plantation. AC was WO1 Gordon L. Oxford and the copilot was WO1 Bankhead. Bankhead was in another crash a week later and that does show up in the archives. I only got one picture of the crash site, although I know more were taken before they destroyed the aircraft in place. I was medivac out to Japan a week later during TET.
Gordon L. Oxford


 UH-1D 65-09667

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09667
Date: 01/08/67
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0010 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Equipment Section
Systems damaged were: OIL SYS, ENGINE
The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft was capable of one time flight.
The aircraft was diverted or delayed after completing some mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72048 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09667
Date: 09/16/67
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
Unknown this helicopter was in Orbit at 1200 feet and 070 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Passenger Cargo Section
Systems damaged were: MAIN ROTOR SYS
The helicopter made a Precautionary Landing. Aircraft was capable of one time flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 73674 ()


 UH-1D 65-09819

Helicopter UH-1D 65-09819
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09819
The Army purchased this helicopter 0466
Total flight hours at this point: 00000273
Date: 10/20/66
Accident case number: G837
Unit: USARV FLT DET
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC CRABTREE B

Accident Summary:
LOUD POP HEARD ACFT SWERVED LFT AND RT SUS INTERN ENG FAIL

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09819
The Army purchased this helicopter 0466
Total flight hours at this point: 00000951
Date: 08/17/67
Unit: USARV FLT DET
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
for Command and Control
Unknown this helicopter was in Orbit at 0500 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 6 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Main Rotor Blade System
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL, MAIN ROTOR SYS, COMM SYS
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 73446 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09819
The Army purchased this helicopter 0466
Total flight hours at this point: 00000951
Date: 08/28/67
Unit: USARV FLT DET
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Command and Control
Unknown this helicopter was in Orbit at 0500 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 6 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 73546 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09819
The Army purchased this helicopter 0466
Total flight hours at this point: 00001072
Date: 10/12/67
Unit: USARV FLT DET
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Command and Control
Unknown this helicopter was in Orbit at 1700 feet and 060 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Fuselage
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft took off, fully flight capable.
The aircraft was diverted or delayed after completing some mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 73897 ()

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09819
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0466.




 UH-1D 65-09856

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09856
Date: 09/10/66
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on Take-Off at 0040 feet and 030 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Skid
Systems damaged were: STRUCTURE, LDG GEAR
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
for 300.00
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P1, 00586, FM232, JSIDR (Joint Services Incident Damage Report. )

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09856
The Army purchased this helicopter 0566
Total flight hours at this point: 00000533
Date: 11/10/66
Unit: 128 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at 0150 feet and 090 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
Systems damaged were: FLT CONTROLS, MAIN ROTOR SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P1, 00839, JSIDR (Joint Services Incident Damage Report. )

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-09856
The Army purchased this helicopter 0566
Total flight hours at this point: 00000849
Date: 02/01/67
Accident case number: 670201151
Unit: 128 AHC
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 985
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O4 STOUT SP
P W1 DARCY JL
CE E4 FINCH JR
G E3 NESMITH RT

Accident Summary:
The aircraft was making a running landing to a stage area. The skids collapsed on touchdown

 UH-1D   65-10080

Helicopter UH-1D 65-10080
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-10080
The Army purchased this helicopter 0866
Total flight hours at this point: 00000309
Date: 12/05/66
Unit: C/229 AVN
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was Landing at UNK feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Anti-Aircraft Artillery; Gun launched explosive ballistic projectiles equal to or greater than 20 mm in size. (40MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Forward area causing Fragmentation Damage.
Systems damaged were: MAIN ROTOR SYS, STRUCTURE
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
for 5950.00
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P1, 00917, CRAFX (Crash Facts Message. )

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-10080
The Army purchased this helicopter 0866
Total flight hours at this point: 00000309
Date: 12/05/66
Accident case number: H455
Unit: C/229 AVN
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 6
costing 5950
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC POPE J
P SMITH FB

Accident Summary:
40MM RD EXPLODED IN TREE BY ACFT AS IT WAS ON SHORT FINAL IN LZ DAMAGE TO ONE MR BLADE & SMALL HOLE IN TAILBOOM

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-10080
The Army purchased this helicopter 0866
Total flight hours at this point: 00000583
Date: 03/14/67
Accident case number: 670314221
Unit: C/229 AVN
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 5937
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P W1 WHITE RT

Accident Summary:
At a hover while discharging troops, the main rotor blade hit a tree branch

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-10080
The Army purchased this helicopter 0866
Total flight hours at this point: 00000735
Date: 05/16/67
Accident case number: 670516041
Unit: 610 TC CO
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 65006
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 DAVIDSON JP
P W1 CURTIS RH
CE E5 NAGEL DW
G E4 BRICKER AA

Accident Summary:
On a approach to an LZ, the aircraft lost RPM and began turning. The tail rotor hit a tree which broke off the 90 degree gear box. The aircraft came to rest on several stumps

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-10080
The Army purchased this helicopter 0866
Total flight hours at this point: 00000826
Date: 10/22/67
Accident case number: 671022021
Unit: BELL HCPTR
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 14000
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O2 BELL HJ
P W1 MUCKLE CE
CE E4 LINVILLE LV
G E4 KERR KJ

Accident Summary:
The pilot aborted the take off when RPM bled off. The aircraft struck a fence while trying to clear obstructions and a mine field. A hard landing resulted.

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-10080
The Army purchased this helicopter 0866
Total flight hours at this point: 00001503
Date: 10/10/68
Accident case number: 681010141
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 60570
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 WHITE DW
P O4 TOMPKINS WG

Accident Summary:
After conducting the necessary preflight, start and run-up procedures the pilot Major Tompkins, applied sufficient power to bring the helicopter to a hovering altitude. The helicopter had been parked between two aircraft revetments and was facing away from the direction of intended take-off which required the aircraft to be turned around. To face the aircraft in the opposite direction in preparation for hover-taxi to the take-off pad the pilot maneuvered the helicopter forward approximately 15 feet and executed a left anti-torque pedal turn. Since the aircraft was not completely clear of the revetments the tail rotor of the hovering aircraft, sn 65-10080, struck the main rotor blades of a second helicopter, sn 67-17256, causing loss of anti-torque, a movement to the right, and the helicopter settled hard to the ground causing the left skid to strike the ground first, followed by the right. The helicopter maintained an upright position. Damage to the second helicopter, consisted of a small dent in the main rotor blade caused by the strike from the tail rotor of the hovering aircraft
This record was last updated on 04/14/99

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-10080
The Army purchased this helicopter 0866
Total flight hours at this point: 00001793
Date: 02/26/69
Accident case number: 690226311
Unit: 190 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Bien Hoa in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 1341
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 MCKEOWN WJ

Accident Summary:
PLT DROPPED PITCH ACFT LND HARD AC PULLED PITCH CAUSING ACFT TO BOUNCE & SLIDE FWD \


 UH-1D 65-10120

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-10120
The Army purchased this helicopter 0866
Total flight hours at this point: 00000424
Date: 03/28/67
Accident case number: 670328021
Unit: POST SUPPLY
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 19675
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O4 EBERHARD GE
P W1 WILLIAMS HE
CE E5 BEYER JA
G E3 CHURCHWELL EW

Accident Summary:
On take-off, the aircraft yawed to both sides and the crew heard a loud metalic sound and a whinning noise. After the autorotation, the aircraft hit the top of a dike and slid about 40 feet. The drive shaft from the engine to the transmission failed

 UH-1D   66-00803

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-00803
The Army purchased this helicopter 1066
Total flight hours at this point: 00000695
Date: 05/19/67
Unit: 170 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Logistics Support mission for Resupply , to Forward Area.
Unknown this helicopter was on Take-Off at 0020 feet and 040 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 8 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72740 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-00803
The Army purchased this helicopter 1066
Total flight hours at this point: 00000782
Date: 06/08/67
Accident case number: 670608201
Unit: 170 AHC
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 2188
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 KELLIHER JC
P W1 MAIORANA JH
CE E4 HANSEN MT
G E4 RICE RL

Accident Summary:
Airfield operations had directed the aircraft to proceed low level in the controlled zone. The aircraft struck three wires flying about 5 to 10 feet above the trees

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-00803
The Army purchased this helicopter 1066
Total flight hours at this point: 00000931
Date: 08/18/67
Unit: 71 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Command and Control
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0050 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Fuselage
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 73457 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-00803
The Army purchased this helicopter 1066
Total flight hours at this point: 00002147
Date: 02/12/69
Unit: D/3/4 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on Take-Off at 0006 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 17 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (RPG)
The helicopter was hit in the Tail Section
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL, STRUCTURE
Casualties = 01 WIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: LNNF, CASRP, JSIDR (Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Joint Services Incident Damage Report. Casualty Report. )

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-00803
The Army purchased this helicopter 1066
Total flight hours at this point: 00003433
Date: 07/07/70
Accident case number: 700707211
Unit: E/725 MNT 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cho Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 3018
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O3 SUTTER WH

Accident Summary:
WIND FLEXED MAIN ROTOR BLADE INTO CONEX CONTAINER.\\

 UH-1D 66-00814

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-00814
The Army purchased this helicopter 1066
Total flight hours at this point: 00000480
Date: 06/02/67
Unit: 282 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 4 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (MORTAR)
The helicopter was hit in the Passenger Cargo Section
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS, TAIL ROTOR, MAIN ROTOR SYS
The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft was capable of one time flight.
The aircraft was diverted or delayed after completing some mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72830 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-00814
The Army purchased this helicopter 1066
Total flight hours at this point: 00000703
Date: 09/08/67
Unit: 282 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While Enroute this helicopter was Unknown at 0700 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 73629 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-00814
The Army purchased this helicopter 1066
Total flight hours at this point: 00000834
Date: 11/04/67
Unit: 282 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0015 feet and 020 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
The armor protecting the personnel was effective.
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 74016 ()

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-00814
The Army purchased this helicopter 1066
Total flight hours at this point: 00001406
Date: 09/05/68
Unit: HHD 44 ENG GP
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (RPG)
Systems damaged were: TAIL ROTOR
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: LNNF, JSIDR (Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Joint Services Incident Damage Report. )

 UH-1H 66-01148
Helicopter UH-1D 66-01148
The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-01148
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0167.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.
DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6701   7    7 WQ1CAA GEN SUPPLY DIV   4THARMY    RED RIVER AD     AMC
6702   0    7 WQ1CAA GEN SUPPLY DIV   4THARMY    RED RIVER AD     AMC
6703   0    7 W0MHAA DIROF SUP TRAN   6TH ARMY   SHARPE GD        AVCOM
6704   4   11 3363   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM
6705 116  127 3363   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM
6706   0  127 3363   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6707  71  198 3363   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6708  95  293 3363   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6709 108  401 3363   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6710 102  503 3363   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6711 124  627 3363   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6712 155  782 3363   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6801 107  889 3363   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6802 102  991 3363   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6803  88 1079 3363   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6804  84 1163 3363   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6805  60 1223 3363   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6806  82 1305 3363   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6807  90 1395 3363   OPM SEA NITEOPS  1ST ARMY   FORT BELVOIR     AMC
6808  64 1459 3194   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6809  97 1556 3194   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6810 104 1660 3194   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6811 137 1797 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6812  93 1890 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6901 111 2001 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6902  82 2083 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
6903   0 2083 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6904   0 2083 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6905   0 2083 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6906   0 2083 8003   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6907   0 2083 8003   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6908   0 2083 8003   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6909   0 2083 8003   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6910   0 2083 8003   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6911   0 2083 8003   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6912   0 2083 8003   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
7001   0 2087 8003   7 CORPS SPT COM  GERMANY                     EUROPE
7002   0 2087 8003   7 CORPS SPT COM  GERMANY                     EUROPE
7003   0 2087 8003   7 CORPS SPT COM  GERMANY                     EUROPE
7004   0 2087 8003   7 CORPS SPT COM  GERMANY                     EUROPE
7005   0 2087 W0MCAA RED RIVER AD     4TH ARMY   RED RIVER AD     AMC
7006  15 2102 WAFHAA HHC 4TH ARM DIV  GERMANY                     7TH ARMY
7007  24 2126 WAFHAA HHC 4TH ARM DIV  GERMANY                     7TH ARMY
7008  32 2158 WAFHAA HHC 4TH ARM DIV  GERMANY                     7TH ARMY
7009  40 2198 WAFHAA HHC 4TH ARM DIV  GERMANY                     7TH ARMY
7010  33 2231 WAFHAA HHC 4TH ARM DIV  GERMANY                     7TH ARMY
7011  38 2269 WAFHAA HHC 4TH ARM DIV  GERMANY                     7TH ARMY
7012   9 2278 WAFHAA HHC 4TH ARM DIV  GERMANY                     7TH ARMY
7101  26 2304 WAFHAA HHC 4TH AR DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7102   5 2309 WAFHAA HHC 4TH AR DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7103  27 2336 WAFHAA HHC 4TH AR DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7104  55 2391 WAFHAA HHC 4TH AR DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7105  42 2433 WAFHAA HHC 4TH AR DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7106  11 2444 WAFHAA HHC 4TH AR DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7107  30 2474 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7108  36 2510 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7109  21 2531 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7110  45 2576 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7111   9 2585 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7112   0 2585 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7201   8 2593 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7202  15 2608 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7203  15 2623 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7204   0 2623 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7205  17 2640 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7206  25 2665 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7207  36 2701 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7208  17 2718 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7209  30 2748 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7210  30 2778 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7211  17 2795 WAFHAA HHC 1 ARMD DIV   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7212  22 2817 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7301   6 2823 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7302  25 2848 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7303  24 2872 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7304   8 2880 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7305  15 2895 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7306   1 2896 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7307  46 2942 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7308  50 2992 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7309  24 3016 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7310  31 3047 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7311  33 3080 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7312  11 3091 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7401   0 3091 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7402   0 3091 WAFHAA 1 AD AVN CO      GERMANY                     EUROPE
7403   0 3091 WAFHAA AVN CO  1ST AD   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7404   0 3091 WAFHAA AVN CO  1ST AD   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7405   0 3091 WAFHAA AVN CO  1ST AD   GERMANY                     EUROPE
7409   0 3091 W0MUAA US ARMY DEPOT    5TH ARMY   CORPUS CHRISTI   AMC
7410   0 3091 W0MUAA US ARMY DEPOT    IN MAINT   CORPUS CHRISTI   AVSCOM
7411   0 3091 W0MUAA US ARMY DEPOT    IN MAINT   CORPUS CHRISTI   AVSCOM
7412   0 3091 W0MUAA US ARMY DEPOT    IN MAINT   CORPUS CHRISTI   AVSCOM
7501   0 3091 W0MUAA US ARMY DEPOT    AWTG DISP  CORPUS CHRISTI   AVSCOM
7502   0 3091 W0MUAA DIR OF SUPPLY    IN TRANSIT CORPUS CH AD     AVSCOM
7503   0 3091 W0MUAA DIR OF SUPPLY    IN MAINT   CORPUS CH AD     AVSCOM
7504   4 3095 W0MUAA DIR OF SUPPLY    IN MAINT   CORPUS CH AD     AVSCOM
7505  11 3106 WQLFAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7506  45 3151 WQLFAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7507  36 3187 WQLFAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7509  44 3235 WQLFAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7510  31 3266 WQLFAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7511  15 3281 WQLFAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI
7512  12 3293 WQLFAA                  NAT GUARD                   NAT GDZI



 UH-1H 66-16349

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16349
The Army purchased this helicopter 0567
Total flight hours at this point: 00001048
Date: 07/12/69
Unit: 20 TC CO
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO THEATER
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
While in PickUp Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 6 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Main Rotor Blade System
Systems damaged were: TRANSMISSION, MAIN ROTOR SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 00039 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )


 UH-1H 66-16492

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16492
The Army purchased this helicopter 0667
Total flight hours at this point: 00001915
Date: 08/15/69
Incident number: 690815081ACD Accident case number: 690815081 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 1
costing 289345
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC W2 MITCHELL CE
P W1 FOSTER GM
CE E4 HASENBALG RL
G PFC LANDERS JACKY EUGENE KIA

Passengers:
O3 TF WHAT, FCO, G;

Accident Summary:
THE AIRCRAFT WAS OPERATING OUT OF CU CHI BASE CAMP, REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM, ON FLAMEBATH MISSIONS. AT APPROXIMATELY 1430 HOURS THE CREW WAS SCRAMBLED FOR A FLAMEBATH MISSION IN SUPPORT OF ARVN FORCES IN TAY NINH PROVINCE. THE CREW CARRIED ONE FLAMEBATH SORTIE FROM CU CHI BASE CAMP NORTHWEST RESUPPLY. AFTER DROPPING THAT SORTIE, THEY PROCEEDED TO TAY NINH WEST AND LOADED THEIR SECOND FLAMEBATH SORTIE. AFTER DROPPING THEIR SECOND SORTIE THE CREW RETURNED TO TAY NINH WEST FOR THEIR THIRD SORTIE. NO CONTACT HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED WITH THE TAY NINH WEST FLAMEBATH CONTROLLING AGENCY CONSEQUENTLY, THERE HAD BEEN NO GROUND CREW AT THE FLAMEBATH SITE TO ASSIST IN ATTACHING THE FLAMEBATH BARRELS TO THE CARGO HOOK. WHEN THE AIRCRAFT ARRIVED TO PICK UP THE FINAL SORTIE, THE PILOT, AS DONE ON THE PREVIOUS SORTIE, SET THE AIRCRAFT DOWN AND LET HIS CREW CHIEF OFF TO LOAD THE AIRCRAFT. THE CREW CHIEF DIRECTED THE PILOT TO A POSITION OVER THE FLAMEBATH LOAD AND HOOKED THE ROPE TO THE CARGO HOOK, MEANWHILE, THE GUNNER HAD DISENGAGED HIS SEAT BELT AND WAS LEANING OUTSIDE THE AIRCRAFT SO THAT HE COULD WATCH THE BARRELS AND GUIDE THE PILOT. AFTER HOOKING UP THE CARGO, THE CREW CHIEF CLIMBED ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT WHILE IT WAS STILL AT A HOVER. HE PLUGGED IN THE MIKE CORD AND AT APPROXIMATELY THE SAME INSTANT, BOTH HE AND THE GUNNER NOTICED THE BARRELS WERE FALLING FROM THE ROPES AND THE FLARES ATTACHED TO THEM HAD IGNITED. THE GUNNER INFORMED THE PILOTS OF WHAT WAS TAKING PLACE AND THEY ATTEMPTED TO CLEAR THE AREA. THE PILOT NOSED THE AIRCRAFT OVER IN AN EXCESSIVELY NOSE LOW ATTITUDE AND AFTER TRAVELING SOME 25 METERS, HAD TO FLARE THE AIRCRAFT TO AVOID STRIKING A DIRT MOUND IN HIS PATH (SEE TAB 9 PHOTOS) HIS FLARE WAS EXCESSIVE AND CAUSED HIM TO LOSE ANTI-TORQUE CONTROL. THE TAIL ROTOR STRIKE CAUSED PARTIAL SEPARATION OF THE VERTICAL FIN AND TAIL ROTOR FROM THE TAIL SECTION. THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED I N ITS FORWARD FLIGHT PATH TOWARD A LARGE WATER TRAILER (SEE TAB 9 PHOTOS) AND THE PILOT APPLIED RIGHT CYCLIC TO AVOID THE WATER TRAILER, THE AIRCRAFT STARTED TO SPIN TO THE RIGHT THROWING THE VERTICAL FIN AND TAIL ROTOR APPROXIMATELY SIXTY METERS (SEE TAB 9 PHOTOS) WHEN RIGHT CYCLIC WAS APPLIED AND THE AIRCRAFT STARTED TO SPIN, THE PILOT LOST CYCLIC CONTROL THIS CAUSED THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE TO MAKE GROUND CONTACT ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE AIRCRAFT (SEE TAB 9 PHOTOS) WHEN THIS OCCURED, THE AIRCRAFT WAS THROWN FORWARD NOSE SPINNING TO THE LEFT COMING TO REST ON ITS LEFT SKID. THE TRANSMISSION WAS PULLED OUT OF THE TOP OF THE AIRCRAFT AND CAME TO REST APPROXIMATELY TWO METERS FROM THE MAIN PORTION OF THE AIRCRAFT (SEE TAB 9 PHOTOS) THE GUNNER WAS STILL WITH THE AIRCRAFT AND WAS STILL WITH THE AIRCRAFT AND WAS FOUND LYING NEXT TO ITS LEFT SIDE. THE CREW CHIEF HAD JUMPED FROM THE AIRCRAFT WHEN IT STARTED TO SPIN AND FOUND APPROXIMATELY TEN METERS FROM THE MAIN WRECKAGE.\\
This record was last updated on 09/20/98

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: PFC Jacky Eugene Landers (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/15/69 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 20.0
Date of Birth: 08/29/49
Home City: Stockton, CA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 19W-045
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16492
SSN: 566723616
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Started Tour: 03/19/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 08/27/97

 UH-1H   66-16065

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16065
The Army purchased this helicopter 0267
Total flight hours at this point: 00000828
Date: 04/21/68
Accident case number: 680421031
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 18000
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O2 AMIOT RJ
P O2 MURPHY RE

Accident Summary:
After a grinding noise was heard in the engine and RPM at zero, the pilot autorotated the aircraft. The aircraft landed hard. The engine short shaft failed due to lack of lubrication caused by a seal failure
This record was last updated on 04/13/97

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16065
The Army purchased this helicopter 0267
Total flight hours at this point: 00001647
Date: 11/10/69
Incident number: 69111010.KIA
Unit: D/1/4 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
for Troop Insertation
While in Operations Area this helicopter was Landing at 0010 feet and 010 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (MINE)
causing Fragmentation Damage.
Systems damaged were: MAIN ROTOR SYS, COMM SYS, ELECTRICAL SYS, INSTRUMENTS, PERSONNEL
Casualties = 01 KIA, 05 WIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 00099 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )

Passengers:
SGT LILLEY FRANK JOHN, AR, PX, KIA;

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: SGT Frank John Lilley
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 11/10/69 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Date of Birth: 08/10/48
Home City: Huntington, CT
Service: component of the U.S. Army.
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 16W-053
SSN: 048408785
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 11C40 = Indirect Fire Infantryman
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 12/06/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died of wounds
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/31/96


 UH-1H 66-17049

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-17049
The Army purchased this helicopter 1167
Total flight hours at this point: 00001550
Date: 06/13/69
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
While in PickUp Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XT566163
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (RPG-7, 7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Engine Compartment
Systems damaged were: FLT CONTROLS, PERSONNEL, TRANSMISSION
Casualties = 04 WIA, 02 INJ . .
Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, LNNF, CASRP, JSIDR, CRAFX (Operations Report. Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Joint Services Incident Damage Report. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory


 UH-1H 66-17086

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-17086
The Army purchased this helicopter 1267
Total flight hours at this point: 00002162
Date: 08/12/69
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
for Troop Insertation
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM, 12.7MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Left Side
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 00144 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )

Pilots Account:
With aircraft 6617086 and only 50 hours on the aircraft we were at Katum and had just landed and sitting there just prior to shut down and General Dunlop and his Aide-de-Camp Cpt. Riley had walked into the
compound, which was coverted back to a Special forces camp after a large brigade operation. The mortars started dropping all around us and a H-13 from Big Red One was shut down and the pilot came running over and we then took off. The crewchief Marvin Epstein had been wounded by schrapnel and crawled in and laid on the floor. The aircraft sustained major damage and had to be flown out of Dau Tieng by Pipe Smoke after we made an emergency flight there due to unknow fuel status due to damage.

Carl E Muckle

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-17086
The Army purchased this helicopter 1267
Total flight hours at this point: 00003292
Date: 08/17/71
Accident case number: 710817091
Unit: D/229 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Bear Cat in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 2000
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 TEAFORD F

Accident Summary:
AC LANDED ON BAMBOO STUMP IN FIELD LANDING ZONE


 UH-1H 66-17134

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-17134
The Army purchased this helicopter 1267
Total flight hours at this point: 00000973
Date: 01/22/69
Accident case number: 690122201
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 3664
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O2 WEBB JH
P O2 MILLER WJ

Accident Summary:
PRIOR TO DEPARTURE FROM ^CU CHI^, BOTH AIRCRAFT COMMANDER AND PILOT HAD PRE-FLIGHTED THE AIRCRAFT AND FOUND NO DISCREPANCIES TO PRECLUDE A SAFE FLIGHT. ON THE WAY BACK FROM THE MISSION, ^LT WEBB^, AIRCRAFT COMMANDER DECIDED TO GIVE THE DOOR GUNNERS A CHANCE TO TESTS FIRE THIER M-60 MACHINE GUNS. ^LT WEBB^ CONTACTED CLIPPER CONTROL AND ASKED FOR AND RECEIVED PERMISSION FROM THEM TO TEST FIRE THE DOOR GUNS IN ^AO ERP^. THE FIRST FEW RUNS WERE NORMAL AND UP TO THE TIME OF THE ENGINE FAILURE ALL INSTRUMENTS WERE READING NORMAL. BOTH PILOTS STATED THEY DIDN'T NOTICE ANY ABNORMAL FLIGHT CHARACTERISTIC OR NOISE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS ON ITS LAST TEST RUN AT APPROXIMATELY 500 FEET WHEN BOTH PILOTS NOTICEED A CHANGE IN THE SOUND OF THE ENGINE. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A RAPID LOSS OF ENGINE RPM, AND THEN A SLOWER DROPPING OF ROTOR RPM. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER WAS SLOW IN TAKING CORRECTIVE ACTION, CAUSING A LOSS OF ROTOR RPM, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER THEN ELECTED TO EXTEND HIS GLIDE IN AN ATTEMPT TO LAND ON A HARD SPOT. UPON REALIZING THAT THE AIRCRAFT WOULD NOT MAKE IT TO THE SELECTED TOUCHDOWN POINT, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER STARTED A SHALLOW DECELERATION TO SLOW HIS AIRCRAFT GROUND SPEED FOR A TOUCHDOWD IN APPROXIMATELY ONE HALF FOOT OF WATER. AS THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER PULLED PITCH HE LEVELED THE AIRCRAFT, CAUSING IT TO ACCELERATE FORWARD AND SLIDE OVER 100 FEET ACROSS THE GROUND, RESULTING IN DAMAGE TO THE TAILBOOM AND SKIDS.\\

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-17134
The Army purchased this helicopter 1267
Total flight hours at this point: 00002290
Date: 08/03/71
Accident case number: 710803011
Unit: A/227 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Camp Holloway in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 3
costing 16426
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 STULLER JB
P O2 CHATHAM CE
CE E4 SCROGGY ER
G E4 FREY JA

Passengers:
CIV UNK, PAX, G; CIV UNK, PAX, G; CIV UNK, PAX, G;

Accident Summary:
THE AIRCRAFT TOOK OFF FROM ITS PARKING PLACE ON CAMP HOLLOWAY AT 0725. AFTER DEPARTURE. THE PILOT CLIMBED TO APPROXIMATELY 300 FEET, THEN DECENDED TO LOW LEVEL FLIGHT DUE TO LOWERING WEATHER IN THE AREA. THE ROUTE OF FLIGHT TOOK THE AIRCRAFT OVER THE "BIG RICE PADDY". WHILE LOW LEVEL OVER THE "BIG RICE PADDY", THE PILOT SAW A DIKE WHICH WAS HIGHER THAN THE REST. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED TO "JUMP" OVER THE DIKE BUT THE AFT PART OF THE SKID GEAR AND THE AFT PORTION OF THE TAILBOOM STRUCK THE DIKE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS FLOWN ON TO CAMP HOLLOWAY STOPPING ON THE RUNWAY NEAR THE 604TH HANGAR AREA TO CHECK THE DAMAGE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS THEN FLOWN TO ITS REVETMENT AND SHUT DOWN. COMPANY MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS WERE INFORMED OF THE DAMAGE AT APPROXIMATELY 0745 HOURS.\\

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-17134
Date: 720100
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: BR857945
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: VNAF (South Vietnamese Air Force. )
Loss to Inventory


 UH-1D 67-13777

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 67-13777
Date: 03/28/69
Accident case number: 690328031
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 2722
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 LINDNER WW

Accident Summary:
ACFT WAS BEING LOADED DUR SHUT DOWN SPRAY BOOM STRUCK M/R CAUSING ICDT DMG \

 UH-1H 67-15153

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17153
The Army purchased this helicopter 0168
Total flight hours at this point: 00001669
Date: 08/12/69
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
for Troop Insertation
While in Operations Area this helicopter was Landing at 0005 feet and 003 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Bottom
Systems damaged were: COMM SYS, ELECTRICAL SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 00152 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17153
The Army purchased this helicopter 0168
Total flight hours at this point: 00002748
Date: 07/31/70
Accident case number: 700731171
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 6036
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 JAWORSKI JJ

Accident Summary:
AIRCRAFT WAS HOVERING OVER LZ WHEN MAIN ROTOR BLADES STRUCK A TREE.\\


 UH-1H 67-17256

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 67-17256
The Army purchased this helicopter 0268
Total flight hours at this point: 00000786
Date: 10/10/68
Accident case number: 681010142
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17256
The Army purchased this helicopter 0268
Total flight hours at this point: 00001866
Date: 08/12/69
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
for Tear Gas Drop
While On Target this helicopter was Attacking at 1000 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (12.7MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Left Side
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted or delayed after completing some mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 00148 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )

Pilots Account:

On aircraft 67-17256 on Sept. 17, 1968 while over a convoy under attack southeast of Tay Ninh, we took heavy .51 Caliber armor piercing fire. The day before I traded seats with WO1 Brian Johnson to check him out as A.C. since I only had 13 days left. Brian took a .51 Cal. round through his left leg, off his chicken board and off the left side of his face. He was knocked unconscious and fell forward on the cyclic. Going nose down I was giving a mayday and the Generals Aide Bill Bates was giving a mayday on Division F.M. freq. and I told him to get Brian off the controls. He did just before we hit the trees and I was able to recover.
I get together with Bill Bates and in the past with General Preer and I thought we were about 50 off the trees. The General and Bill said we were in the trees. We landed at the hospital in Tay Ninh and Brian had lost 5 pints of blood before he was operated on.


Carl Muckle
Little Bear 256


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17256
The Army purchased this helicopter 0268
Total flight hours at this point: 00002094
Date: 10/08/69
Accident case number: 691008021
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 5555
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O3 HINSON GM

Accident Summary:
ACFT STRUCK TREE ON T/O FR LZ DUR NIGHT OPERATIONS ICDT DAM


 UH-1H 67-17275

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17275
The Army purchased this helicopter 0268
Total flight hours at this point: 00002512
Date: 01/04/71
Accident case number: 710104031 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 240 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Bear Cat in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 0
costing 244345
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC W1 TAYLOR DL
P X1 LONG ND
CE E5 WRIGHT DS

Accident Summary:
AT 0905 HOURS ON 4 JAN 71 THE UH-1H, SN: 67-17275 WAS MAKING AN APPROACH INTO A PAD AT COORDINATES (YS 0174) FOR TROOP PICK UP. ONE OTHER SHIP HAD PROCEEDED THIS AIRCRAFT AND HAD DEPARTED. THE INTENDED TOUCH DOWN AREA WAS A RAISED MUD PAD IN A SMALL VIETNAMESE COMPOUND. THE PAD WAS SURROUNDED BY WATER AND SMALL DIKES AND SOME TALL GRASS. JUST PRIOR TO TOUCH DOWN THE CREW MEMBERS NOTED A SLIGHT JAR. THE TAIL OF THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN TURNING TO THE LEFT AND THE AIRCRAFT STARTED TO ROLL TO THE LEFT. THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES MADE CONTACT WITH THE GROUND AND THE AIRCRAFT CAME TO REST ON ITS LEFT SIDE FACING 140 DEGREES. THE TAIL ROTOR, 90 DEGREE GEAR BOX, AND PORTIONS OF THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES WERE TORN FROM THE AIRCRAFT DURING THE CRASH. THE MAIN TRANSMISSION WAS PULLED FORWARD BUT DID NOT LEAVE THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE. THERE WAS NO FIRE


 UH-1H 67-17537

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17537
The Army purchased this helicopter 0568
Total flight hours at this point: 00000099
Date: 08/07/68
Accident case number: 680807161
Unit: A/1 AVN 1 INF
The station for this helicopter was Phu Loi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 21521
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 COOMER HD
P W2 BARNABA RJ

Accident Summary:
The aircraft was on a command and control mission. It landed at panel 5, Phu Loi AAF and picked up three passengers. The aircraft commander called Phu Loi tower for takeoff instructions and was instructed to utilize runway 13 and to call when his hover-check was complete. During the hover-check at panel 5, the aircraft commander said that all instruments were within normal operating ranges and there were no abnormal readings. After reporting his hover-check complete to Phu Loi tower and receiving clearance for take-off, the aircraft commander hovered from panel 5 to the right side of the active for take-off due to the presence of a CH-47 that had just landed at panel 5 on the left side of the active. In order to avoid the rotorwash of the CH-47, the aircraft commander elected to make a take-off that was steeper than a normal take-off but what was not considered to be a maximum performance take-off. During take-off the aircraft commander was pulling only 38 to 40 psi of torque. At approximately EED, a loud explosion was emitted from the engine compartment followed by an immediate loss of power and by the nose of the aircraft yawing to the right. At this point during the take-off, the aircraft commander elected to hold the pitch he presently had, due to the low altitude and airspeed, straighten the nose and level the aircraft. Just prior to initial contact with the ground, the aircraft commander applied full pitch to cushion the landing, but due to the low inertia in the rotor system at this time the aircraft landed hard and skidded forward sixty-five feet. The aircraft commander did not attempt to flare the aircraft during its descent because of its low altitude and airspeed at the time of the engine failure
This record was last updated on 04/17/97

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17537
The Army purchased this helicopter 0568
Total flight hours at this point: 00001201
Date: 09/05/69
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at 0100 feet and 050 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Bottom
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 00271 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17537
The Army purchased this helicopter 0568
Total flight hours at this point: 00002044
Date: 06/01/70
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
This was an Unknown mission for Unknown
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at UNK feet and UNK knots.
Cambodia
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size.
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS
Unknown impact on flight.
Unknown as to mission impact.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 01828 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )


 UH-1H 67-17706

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17706
The Army purchased this helicopter 0868
Total flight hours at this point: 00000931
Date: 08/12/69
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was an Inactive mission for Parked
While on Helo Pad this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (122MMRKT)
The helicopter was hit in the Chin Bubble causing Fragmentation Damage.
Systems damaged were: MAIN ROTOR SYS
The helicopter was parked.
Entry for parked aircraft.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 00140, SIF (Incidents converted from the fixed-wing data base. Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17706
The Army purchased this helicopter 0868
Total flight hours at this point: 00001743
Date: 04/17/70
Incident number: 700417351ACD Accident case number: 700417351 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YT004054
Number killed in accident = 10 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 8
costing 725945
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC WO1 HARIG DEAN ALLEN KIA
P WO1 SIMEONOFF FREDERICK M KIA
CE SP4 HUNTER WILLIAM KENNETH KIA
G SGT MARSH FREDERICK CURTIS KIA
PP CW2 CROSS ALVIN EUCLID KIA

Passengers:
E6 DP OUELLETTE, PAX, D; TUGGLE, PAX, G; SGT TUGGLE JACK DE WAYNE JR, AR, PX, KIA; CPT ANDREWS HOWARD RIVERS JR, AR, PX, KIA; PFC LANDRY HOWARD DENNIS, AR, PX, KIA; SP4 WEIK MICHAEL JOSEPH, AR, PX, KIA; CPT ZONNE ROBERT JOHN, NOT, A;

Accident Summary:
ON THE DAY OF 17 APRIL 1970, UH-1H, 67-17706, A COMPANY, 25TH AVIATION BATTALION WAS ASSIGNED DIVISION COURIER AIRCRAFT. THE PRIMARY MISSION OF THIS AIRCRAFT WAS TO FLY THE DIVISION COURIER WHILE INTERJECTING PASSENGER PICK UP AND DROP OFFS DURING THE COURIER RUN. WHILE ON IT'S FINAL MISSION OF THE DAY, THE AIRCRAFT WAS FLOWN TO II FIELD FORCE (RED CARPET HELIPAD) ARRIVING AT 1712 HOURS (LOCAL) TO PICK UP THE DIVISION LNO OFFICER AT 1800 HOURS. DURING THE HOUR GROUND TIME AT II FIELD FORCE, WO HARIG, SIMEONOFF, AND CW2 CROSS, DEPARTED THE AIRCRAFT AND WENT TO THE II FIELD FORCE OFFICER'S CLUB, LOCATED APPROXIMATELY ONE BLOCK FROM THE HELIPAD, FOR SUPPER. ALL THREE RETURNED TO THE AIRCRAFT AT APPROXIMATELY 1800 HOURS. THE CREW AND PASSENGERS DEPARTED RED CARPET HELIPAD AT 1812 HOURS TO RETURN TO CU CHI BASE CAMP.\\ OUT OF THE SOUTH AT 7 KNOTS, VISIBILITY WAS APPROXIMATELY 15 MILES, SKY CONDITION WAS 4,000 SCATTERED WITH A TEMPERATURE AND DEWPOINT SPREAD OF APPROXIMATELY 32/24.\\ IN TAB 8. AT APPROXIMATELY 1825 HOURS WHILE FLYINT AT AN ALTITUDE OF APPROXIMATELY 70 FEET AGL, THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK TWO STRANDED STEEL CABLES, PHOTOGRAPH #1 (TAB 9). THE FIRST STRIKING THE CENTER OF THE NOSE OF THE AIRCRAFT CUTING THE RADION COMPARTMENT COVER IN HALF, PHOTOGRAPH #2 (TAB 9), THEN SLIDING UP OVER THE ROOF OF THE AIRCRAFT CUTTING THE UHF ANTENNA AND AIR VENTS. PHOTOGRAPH #3 (TAB 9), THEN INTO THE CONTROLS OF THE AIRCRAFT CUTTING THE FORE AND AFT, AND LATERAL CYCLIC SERVOS, PHOTOGRAPH #4 (TAB 9), THIS TENSION ON THE MAST OF THE AIRCRAFT GAVE IT AN EXCESSIVE NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE AT WHICH TIME THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE STRUCK THE WIRE, SHATTERING THE BLADE AND BREAKING THE WIRE, PHOTOGRAPH #5 (TAB 9), WHILE THE SECOND WIRE, WHICH WAS JUST GROWING TAUT, PULLED THE AIRCRAFT INTO A NOSE LOW ATTITUDE, BROKE DUE TO STRESS FROM THE WEIGHT AND VELOCITY OF THE AIRCRAFT AND THE AIRCRAFT WENT INTO THE RIVER VERTICALLY, NOSE FIRST.\\ IT IS SUSPECTED THAT AS THE AIRCRAFT WAS SINKING, THREE BODIES FLOATED TO THE SURFACE OF THE RIVER. ONE WAS SSG QUELLETTE WHO WAS RESCUED BY THE VIETNAMESE, STATEMENT #1 (TAB D), ANOTHER WAS HUNTER, THE ONLY NEGRO ON BOARD, AND THE THIRD PERSON UNKNOWN.\\ FIFTEEN MINUTES AFTER THE ACCIDENT OCCURED A U.S. HARBOR CRAFT TUG BOAT ARRIVED AT THE SCENE AND PICKED UP SSG QUELLETTE, STATEMENT #2 (TAB D), AND TRANSPORTED HIM TO THE OLD FRENCH PIER LOCATED NEXT TO THE CO GI DO BARGE SITE. SSG QUELLETTE WAS THEN TAKEN TO THE 24TH EVACUATION HOSPITAL BY AMBULANCE AND ADMITTED AT 1900 HOURS.\\
This record was last updated on 09/20/98

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: CPT Howard Rivers Andrews, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/17/70 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 27.6
Date of Birth: 09/03/42
Home City: Huntsville, AL
Service: JA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: JA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-016
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17706
SSN: 424549095
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 8103 = 81 Judge Advocate or Judge Advocate General
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 05/13/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 08/20/95


Name: CW2 Alvin Euclid Cross
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/17/70 while performing the duty of Pilot Passenger.
Age at death: 35.6
Date of Birth: 09/10/34
Home City: Greensboro, NC
Service: AG branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: AG branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-016
Short Summary: Wire strike on Saigon River near Bien Hoa. Kia as a helicopter passenger.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17706
SSN: 414485655
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 711A = Personnel/Administrative Technician
Primary cause: Need to Verify
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 10/27/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 16
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Negro
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 08/20/95


Name: WO1 Dean Allen Harig
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/17/70 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.9
Date of Birth: 05/20/47
Home City: Superior, NE
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Flight class: 69-17
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-016
Short Summary: Wire strike on Saigon River near Bien Hoa with Fredrick Simeonoff.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17706
SSN: 508562360 Service number: W3165179
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 08/01/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 04
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 08/20/95


Name: SP4 William Kenneth Hunter
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/17/70 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 23.5
Date of Birth: 10/29/46
Home City: Lynchburg, VA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-016
Short Summary: Wire strike on Saigon River near Bien Hoa.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17706
SSN: 227602791
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 11/30/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 03
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Negro
Relgion: Jehovah's Witnesses
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/24/94


Name: PFC Howard Dennis Landry
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/17/70 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 20.5
Date of Birth: 10/12/49
Home City: Baton Rouge, LA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-017
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17706
SSN: 434764440
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 72B20 = Communications Center Specialist
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 02/23/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 08/20/95


Name: SGT Frederick Curtis Marsh
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/17/70 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 30.1
Date of Birth: 03/07/40
Home City: Egg Harbor City, NJ
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-017
Short Summary: Wire strike on Saigon River near Bien Hoa.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17706
SSN: 204321391
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 11B40 = Infantryman
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Started Tour: 03/27/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 08
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Negro
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/28/94


Name: WO1 Frederick M. Simeonoff
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/17/70 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.6
Date of Birth: 09/08/47
Home City: Spenard, AK
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Flight class: 69-47/69-45
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-019
Short Summary: Wire strike on Siagon River near Bien Hoa with Dean A. Harig.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17706
SSN: 574160625
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 03/03/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: unknown
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 08/20/95


Name: SGT Jack De Wayne Tuggle, Jr. (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/17/70 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 20.7
Date of Birth: 07/31/49
Home City: Valparaiso, FL
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-019
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17706
SSN: 262860124 Service number: 26286012
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 71B30 = Clerk-Typist
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 05/05/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 08/20/95


Name: SP4 Michael Joseph Weik
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/17/70 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 20.0
Date of Birth: 04/01/50
Home City: Ft Worth, TX
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-019
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17706
SSN: 453822068
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 36K20 = Tactical Wire Operations Specialist
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 07/21/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 08/20/95


Name: CPT Robert John Zonne, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/17/70 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Died 3 days later on 04/20/70.
Age at death: 27.9
Date of Birth: 05/28/42
Home City: Midland, TX
Service: IN branch of the regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-029
Short Summary: From accident on 04/17/70.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-17706
SSN: 462620728
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 0200
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 07/18/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 04
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Episcopal (Anglican)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 08/20/95


 UH-1H 67-17738

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 UH-1H 67-17757

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17757
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0968.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.
DATE  FLT HRS          UIC      UNIT            AREA                  POST                           COUNTRY
6809   5    5 3194      HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                                                   PACIFIC
6810  68   73 3194   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                                                    PACIFIC
6811  60  133 WALZA0 TRPA                                   25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                   RVN


 UH-1H  67-17769   

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17769
The Army purchased this helicopter 0968
Total flight hours at this point: 00001230
Date: 09/12/69
Accident case number: 690912241 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 4 . . Passengers = 0
costing 244345
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P O2 FINCH JR
MN O2 BAILEY WC
CE E4 JENKINS CH

Accident Summary:
AT APPROXIMATELY 1130 HOURS, 12 SEPTEMBER 1969, AIRCRAFT 67-17769 WAS READY FOR TEST FLIGHT FOLLOWING A PERIODIC INSPECTION. 1LT BAILEY AND MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL COMPLETED THE MAINTENANCE OPERATIONAL CHECK PORTION OF THE TEST FLIGHT AND PORCEEDED TO COMPLETE THE HOVER CHECK PORTION AT THE COURIER PAD AT CU CHI BASE CAMP. EVERYTHING WAS FOUND TO BE IN ORDER AND THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED FOR THE TEST FLIGHT AT 1140 HOURS WITH LT BAILEY, LT FINCH, SP4LAMOINE, AND SP4 JENKINS ON BOARD. FOR APPROXIMATELY TEN MINUTES TL BAILEY WAS AT THE CONTROLS PERFORMING THE PROESCRIBED MANEUVERS FOR A MANTENANCE TEST FLIGHT. WITH THE TEST FLIGHT COMPLETED AND EVERYTHING CHECKED OUT, LT FINCH TOOK THE CONTROLS OF THE AIRCRAFT AND DEMONSTRATED A HIGH OVERHEAD APPROACH TO LT BAILEY, WHO HAD RECENTLY ARRIVED IN COUNTRY, AND CONTINUED LOW LEVEL FLIGHT BACK TOWARD CU CHI. IN THE VICINITY OF THE CU CHI SUBSECTOR ARVN OUTPOST HE EXECUTED A CYCLIC CLIMB TO ALTITUDE AND EXECUTED A PEDAL TURN TO THE RIGHT AT NEAR ZERO AIRSPEED. THIS WAS BETWEEN FIVE HUNDRED AND ONE THOUSAND FEET ALTITUDE ACCORDING TO EYEWITNESSES. A STEEP DIVE WAS EXECUTED BACK TO LOW LEVEL AND THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOT REVOVERED IN TIME TO PREVENT STRIKING THE GROUND. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED HARD IN A RICE PADDY JUST OFF HIGHWAY 8A TO THE SOUTHWEST, AT A HIGH AIRSPEED, HEADING 150 DEGREES. I WAS ABLE TO DETERMINE THE AIRCRAFT HAD IMPACTED FOUR MORE TIMES BEFORE COMING TO REST ON THE SIXTH IMPACT IN AN INVERTED POSITION IN THE MANNER NOTED IN THE GENERAL PARAGRAPH. THE AIRCRAFT SUSTAINED MAJOR DAMAGE WITH WRECKAGE STREWN. THE CREW EVACUATED THE AIRCRAFT, REMOVED THE RADIOS, AND DEPARTED THE AREA ON A MEDEVAC AIRCRAFT BACK TO CU CHI BASE CAMP.\\

 UH-1H 67-17772

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17772
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0968.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.
DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6809   0    0 3300   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6810  43   43 3194   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6811  78  121 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN


 UH-1H 67-17775

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17775
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0968.
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6809   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6810  87   87 3194   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6811  88  175 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN

 UH-1H 67-17831

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17831
The Army purchased this helicopter 1068
Total flight hours at this point: 00001160
Date: 08/17/69
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
This was a Logistics Support mission for Resupply
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was Landing at 0001 feet and 008 knots.
South Vietnam
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (MINE)
The helicopter was hit in the Left Side causing Fragmentation Damage.
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS, PERSONNEL
Casualties = 01 WIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 00188 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17831
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 1068.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.
DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6810   0    0 3300   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6811  62   62 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     


 UH-1H 67-17847

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17847
The Army purchased this helicopter 1068
Total flight hours at this point: 00001983
Date: 04/01/70
Accident case number: 700401251
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 73897
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 HARIG DA
P W1 BOGART WL
OB E5 KORSMO SM
CE E4 KOSKEY RF
G E4 CHAMBERS CE

Accident Summary:
THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED BEAR CAT BASE CAMP ON A NIGHTHAWK MISSION TO CONDUCT A VISUAL RECONNAISSANCE OF AN AREA. AFTER DEPARTING BEAR CAT TRAFFIC, THE AIRCRAFT MADE A LEFT TURN OVER HIGHWAY 15 AND WAS HEADING SOUTH ALONG HIGHWAY 15. THE AIRCRAFT WAS CLIMBING BETWEEN 500 TO 800 FEET AT 70 KNOTS AIRSPEED. WHILE STILL IN A CLIMBING ATTITUDE THERE WAS A LOUD EXPLOSION THAT CAME FROM THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT OF THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER, MR. HARIG, ENTERED AUTOROTATION. A CHECK OF THE INSTRUMENTS REVEALED THAT THE RPM, BOTH ENGINE AND ROTOR WAS DECREASING RAPIDLY. THE PILOT, MR. BOGART, MADE A RADIO CALL TO BEAR CAT TOWER AND TOLD THE TOWER OPERATOR OF THEIR SITUATION. MR BOGART ALSO TURNED THE SEARCH LIGHT ON. DUE TO THE CONDITIONS OF NIGHT AND THE REFLECTION OF THE SEARCH LIGHT FROM THE HAZE AND SMOKE, BOTH MR. HARIG AND MR. BOGART WERE UNABLE TO CLEARLY SEE THE HIGHWAY, TO WHICH THEY WERE AUTOROTATING TO. VISIBILITY WAS REDUCED TO APPROXIMATELY 200 TO 300 FEET. MR HARIG AGAIN CHECKED THE INSTRUMENTS AND FOUND THAT THE ENGINE RPM WAS GONE AND ROTOR RPM WAS CRITICALLY LOW. THE ROTOR RPM WAS BELOW THE GREEN ARC AT APPROXIMATELY 200 FEET OF ALTITUDE AND DECREASING. THE AIRSPEED WAS SLOWLY DECREASING THROUGHOUT THE AUTOROTATION. MR HARIG DID NOT ATTEMPT TO GAIN ROTOR RPM THROUGH INCREASING HIS AIRSPEED OF TURNING. HE DID THIS, BECAUSE HE WAS NOT SURE OF HIS ACTUAL ALTITUDE DUE TO THE POOR VISIBILITY. MR. HARIG WAS INITIALLY GOING TO LAND ON THE HIGHWAY, HOWEVER AS HE GAINED BETTER VISIBILITY, HE NOTICED TREES ALONG THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD AND CHOSE TO AUTOROTATE TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY INSTEAD. HE FEARED THE ROTOR BLADES WOULD STRIKE THE TREES IF HE DID AUTOROTATE TO THE HIGHWAY. MR HARIG WAS NOT POSITIVE OF HIS ACTUAL ALTITUDE UNTIL HE WAS APPROXIMATELY 50 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. MR HARIG PERFORMED A DECELERATION AND FOLLOWED WITH AN INITIAL PITCH PULL, HOWEVER THE INITIAL PITCH PULL DID NOT SLOW THE AIRCRAFTS DESCENT DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE ROTOR RPM WAS TOO LOW. AT APPROXIMATELY 10 FEET OF ALTITUDE THE AIRCRAFT FELL THROUGH AND HIT THE GROUND VERY HARD. THE AIRCRAFT FIRST MADE CONTACT WITH THE GROUND, WITH THE REAR PARTS OF THE SKIDS AND VIOLENTLY RECKED FORWARD TO A STOP. THE AIRCRAFT REMAINED IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION WITH GROOUND RUN LESS THAN 3 FEET. THERE WAS NO FIRE INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED ON A HEADING OF 150 DEGREES.\\

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17847
The Army purchased this helicopter 1068
Total flight hours at this point: 00001988
Date: 710300
Unit: BEL HEL
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: VR942103
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: VNAF (South Vietnamese Air Force. )
Loss to Inventory

 UH-1H 67-19531

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-19531
The Army purchased this helicopter 1168
Total flight hours at this point: 00000235
Date: 02/21/69
Accident case number: 690221071
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 1900
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 NORDAUNE KS
P W1 SMITH TJ

Accident Summary:
^ON 21 FEB 69, 1030 HOURS^, AN ^A CO, 25TH AVN BN, ARICRAFT 67-17531^, FLOWN BY ^WO1 KENNETH S. NORDAUNE^, AND PILOTED BY ^WO1 THOMAS SMITH^, WAS ON A VISUAL RECON FOR ^BRIGADIER GENERAL CARLETON PREER^. ^MAJOR GENERAL ALLISON, USAD^, AND ^CAPTAIN PUGH, USN^, WERE ON BOARD. THE FLIGHT WAS INTENDED TO PROCEED FROM ^CU CHI^, TO TACTICAL AREAS OF OPERATIONS NW OF ^TAY NINH^. THE FLIGHT WAS TO VISUALLY RECON THE MAIN SUPPLY ROUTE AND FSB'S INROUTE TO THE FINAL DESTINATION. AFTER DEPARTING ^CU CHI^, ^GENERAL PREER^, DIRECTED ^MR. NORDUANE^ TO PROCEED LOW LEVEL ALONG HIGHWAY 1 TO THE VICINITY OF ^GO DA HAU^, AT WHICH TIME THE FLIGHT WAS TO RESUME ITS NORMAL ALTITUDE. FLYING NEAR^COORDINATES XT451225^, ^MR. NORDUANE^ CAME UPON SOME TREES THAT WERE ALONG HIS INTENDED FLIGHT PATH. HE GAINED ALTITUDE, JUDGING HE THOUGHT TO BE ENOUGH TO CLEAR THE OBSTACLES. AS HE PROCEEDED OVER THE TREES HE NOTICED A LARGER TREE DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF HIM. PULLING PITCH AND BANKING HARD TO THE RIGHT, HE CLEARED THE MAJOR PORTION, BUT A LIMB STRUCK THE NOSE COMP., LEFT PORTION OF THE CHIN BUBBLE, AND SCRAPED THE BELLY FROM THE AFORE MENTIONED PARTS TO THE LANDING LIGHT, WHICH WAS DESTROYED. AFTER RESUMING ITS NORMAL FLIGHT, THE AIRCRAFT LANDED AT ^FSB SEDGWICK^ AND UNDER WENT AN INSPECTION. FINDING NO EXTREME DAMAGE, IT WAS DEEMED FLYABLE. UPON COMPLETING THE PREPLANNED VISUAL RECON THE AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO ^CU CHI^, AND THE ^25TH AVIATION BATTALION^ WAS NOTIFIED OF THE MISHAP.\\

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-19531
The Army purchased this helicopter 1168
Total flight hours at this point: 00000668
Date: 08/14/69
Incident number: 69081444.KIA
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon , Infra-red.
While in Operations Area this helicopter was in Orbit at UNK feet and 075 knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XT475107
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (57MMRPG)
causing an Explosion.
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 07 DOI . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Burned
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, LNNF, CASRP, CRAFX, BDART (Operations Report. Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC 1LT ELSON JEFFREY CHARLES KIA
P WO1 GRANT MELVIN LEE KIA
CE SP4 KILWINE RICHARD JAMES KIA
G SGT APODACA JACK MICHAEL KIA
G CPL WILFONG GIL STEVENS KIA

Passengers:
SP4 HIEMENZ JAMES BORLAND, AR, OB, KIA;
This record was last updated on 05/25/98

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: SGT Jack Michael Apodaca (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/14/69 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 20.8
Date of Birth: 10/17/48
Home City: Lennox, CA
Service: component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 19W-036
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-19531
SSN: 563768176
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Started Tour: 10/19/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Hau Nghia Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 02/11/98


Name: 1LT Jeffrey Charles Elson
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/14/69 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.0
Date of Birth: 08/12/47
Home City: Anaheim, CA
Service: reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Flight class: 68-22/68-36
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 19W-037
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-19531
SSN: 555669364 Service number: O5349573
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 03/06/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Hau Nghia Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: other religions (Hindu, Thai, etc.)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 02/11/98


Name: WO1 Melvin Lee Grant
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/14/69 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 20.5
Date of Birth: 02/15/49
Home City: Lemmon Valley, NV
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Flight class: 69-5
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 19W-038
Short Summary: 4.2 mm mortar.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-19531
SSN: 541567340 Service number: W3164278
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1008
Primary cause: 4.2 mm mortar
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: grenades
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 05/05/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Hau Nghia Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 02/11/98


Name: SP4 James Borland Hiemenz (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/14/69 while performing the duty of Aerial Observer.
Age at death: 23.8
Date of Birth: 10/11/45
Home City: Volusia, FL
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 19W-039
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-19531
SSN: 450744319
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 71B30 = Clerk-Typist
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: observer
Started Tour: 02/25/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Hau Nghia Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 02/11/98


Name: 1LT Horatio William Hurston
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/14/69 while performing the duty of Aerial Observer.
Age at death: 23.6
Date of Birth: 01/16/46
Home City: Detroit, MI
Service: MS branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: MS branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 19W-039
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-19531
SSN: 368442355
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 3506 = 35 Field Medical Assistant
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: observer
Started Tour: 12/18/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Hau Nghia Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Negro
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 02/11/98


Name: SP4 Richard James Kilwine (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/14/69 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 20.4
Date of Birth: 03/20/49
Home City: Fromberg, MT
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 19W-039
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-19531
SSN: 517646137
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 12/21/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Hau Nghia Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 02/11/98


Name: CPL Gil Stevens Wilfong (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 08/14/69 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 18.7
Date of Birth: 11/16/50
Home City: Cottage Hills, IL
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 19W-042
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-19531
SSN: 347447762
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: grenades
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Started Tour: 01/19/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Hau Nghia Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 02/11/98

 UH-1H 67-19534

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-19534
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 1168.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

Hi we have huey that was with the 25th A co. little bears from 12/68 to August 12 /69 when it was shot down resulting in a TR strike -her number was 67-19534 -we use it currently for SAR in Maine -do you have any ideas how we might find some photos or a crewchiefs name for that aircraft? -It has desert storm history as well -Richard Bowie /DEEMI SAR

Eye Witness Account:


I was the Flight Platoon Sergeant/Crew Chief during this time in question. I also had other Crew Chiefs fly her as well. My name, and others should be in the Log Book. I vaguely remember the incident, we had so many. I left Vietnam 12/69.

My Home phone is (602) 368-4081 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ben Clark
1SG, Ret.


DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6811   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6812   0    0 3300   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC
6901  88   88 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN

 UH-1H 15236

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15236
The Army purchased this helicopter 1268
Total flight hours at this point: 00001197
Date: 09/04/69
Accident case number: 690904221 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing 244345
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC W1 ZIOLKOWSKI AN
P O2 FINCH JR
CE E4 SUDDITH JJ
G E3 GONZALES R

Passengers:
O4 CG MARSH, LCO, G;

Accident Summary:
AIRCRAFT DEPARTED CU CHI AT 1705H BOUND FOR TAY NING ON A NIGHT HAWK MISSION. THE AIRCRAFT WAS CARRYING 1200 POUNDS FUEL, WAS EQUIPPED WITH A STARLIGHT SCOPE, A MINI-GUN, TWO M-60 MACHINE GUNS, AND 5000 ROUNDS OF 7.62 AMMUNITION, AND WAS CARRYING SIX PASSENGERS FOR A TOTAL OF TEN PERSOENS. MR. ZIOLKOWSKI WAS AT THE CONTROLS WHEN AT 600 FEET, 60 KNOTS, 500 FEET PER MINUTE RATE OF CLIMB, 31 PSI OF TORQUE, AND 95% N1, THE ENGINE EXPLOEED RESULTING IN AN IMMEIDATE COMPLETE LOSS POWER. MR. ZIOLKOWSKI ENTERED AUTOROTATION WHILE MAINTAINING 60 KNOTS OF AIRSPEED. LT FINCH NOTICED THAT THE ROTOR RPM WAS LOW AND DROPPING STEADILY. AT ABOUT 100 FEET THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER INITIATED A GENTLY FLARE AND THE ROTOR RPM WAS 245. AT 20 TO 25 FEET HE PULLED INITIAL COLLECTIVE PITCH WHILE MAINTAINING A FLARE IN ORDER TO SLOW THE FORWARD AIRSPEED. AT 3 OR 4 FEET MR. ZIOLKOWSKI PULLED THE REMAINING COLLECTIVE PITCH TO CUSHION THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT HIT THE GROUND HARD WITH ABOUT 20 KNOTS GROUND SPEED. THE HEELS OF THE SKIDS MADE GROUND CONTACT FIRST. WHEN THE AIRCRAFT WAS LEVELED IT HAD ABOUT 5 KNOTS OF FORWARD GROUND SPEED AND THE SKIDS DUG INTO THE MUD CAUSING THE SLOW TURNING ROTOR BLADES TO FLEX DOWN AND SEVER THE TAIL BOOM.\\

 UH-1H 68-15276

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15276
The Army purchased this helicopter 0169
Total flight hours at this point: 00001797
Date: 07/04/70
Accident case number: 700704141
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 2610
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 MCDONALD MD
P W1 MATTHEWS RD

Accident Summary:
HELICOPTER HOVEREDIN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO SLOW MOVING ROTOR BLADES CAUSING THEM TO FLEX DOWN STRIKING THE TAIL FOTOR DRIVE SHAFT IN FRONT OT THE 42 DEGREE GEAR BOX.\\

 UH-1H 68-15278

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15278
The Army purchased this helicopter 0169
Total flight hours at this point: 00001708
Date: 03/12/70
Unit: 20 TC CO
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO THEATER
This was an Inactive mission for Parked
While in Revetment this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (120MMMOR)
The helicopter was hit in the Left Side causing Fragmentation Damage.
Systems damaged were: DRIVESHAFT, TRANSMISSION, FUEL SYS, OIL SYS, MAIN ROTOR SYS
The helicopter was parked.
Entry for parked aircraft.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 00733, SIF (Incidents converted from the fixed-wing data base. Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )

 UH-1H 68-15346

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15346
The Army purchased this helicopter 0269
Total flight hours at this point: 00001120
Date: 01/10/70
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Logistics Support mission for Resupply , Sling Loading.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was at Hover at UNK feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges.
Casualties = 01 INJ . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, LNNF (Operations Report. Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. )
Loss to Inventory

 UH-1H 68-15419

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15419
The Army purchased this helicopter 0469
Total flight hours at this point: 00000303
Date: 09/26/69
Accident case number: 690926041
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 2936
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P W2 BRYAN JC

Accident Summary:
GI WALKED UP TO ACFT WITH BACK PACK TYPE RADIO & WHIP ANTENNA WHICH STRUCK ROTOR BLADE ICDT DAM \

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15419
The Army purchased this helicopter 0469
Total flight hours at this point: 00000779
Date: 03/12/70
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
for Command and Control
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at 2100 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM, 12.7MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Right Side
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS
The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft took off, fully flight capable.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Aircraft inspected and found to be in flyable condition
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 01645 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15419
The Army purchased this helicopter 0469
Total flight hours at this point: 00001387
Date: 09/15/70
Accident case number: 700915081
Unit: B/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 946
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 HAIRE TB

Accident Summary:
ENGINE SURGED AND PILOT HEARD A GRINDING NOISE COMING FROM THE ENGINE. THE ENGINE THEN FAILED, PILOT ENTERED AUTOROTATION AND LANDED IN A PARTIALLY OPEN FIELD.\\


 UH-1H 68-15535

Information on Vietnam Air Force helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15535
Date: 720800
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YT388263
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: VNAF (South Vietnamese Air Force. )
Loss to Inventory

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15535
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0469.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.
DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6904   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6905   0    0 WDFHAA HHC 520T BN34GP  VIETNAM                     RVN
6906  40   40 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN


 UH-1H 68-15561

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15561
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0469.
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6904   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6905  21   21 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN


 UH-1H 68-15660

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15660
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0569.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.
DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6905   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6906  33   33 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN


 UH-1H 68-15682

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15682
The Army purchased this helicopter 0569
Total flight hours at this point: 00000490
Date: 10/15/69
Accident case number: 691015071
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 1050
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 SMITH TJ

Accident Summary:
ON SHORT FINAL EXPC PARTIAL ENG FAILURE HARD LDG OCCURRED \

 UH-1H 68-15770

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15770
The Army purchased this helicopter 0769
Total flight hours at this point: 00001196
Date: 08/27/70
Accident case number: 700827131
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 32110
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 MCDONALD MD
P W1 CAMPBELL HR
CE E4 TAPSCOTT DR
G E4 WHITE JA

Accident Summary:
AT 1330H ON 27 AUG 70, ^UH-1H, SN 68-15770^, ^A CO, 25TH AVN BN^, WAS ON A RESUPPLY MISSION IN SUPPORT OF ^D CO, 2D BN, 12TH INF, 25TH INF DIV^. DURING THE DAY THE AIRCRAFT HAD FLOWN 0245H ON GENERAL SUPPORT MISSION. AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT THE WINDS WERE WESTERLY AT 10 KNOTS. THE WINDS IN THE LANDING ZONE WERE CALM TO 5 KNOTS DUE TO HIGH TREES (50-75FEET) SURROUNDING THE ARE. VISIBILITY WAS 7 MILES WITH A 2000 FT BROKEN CEILING. A HOVER CHECH WAS PULLED AT DAU TIENG AND HAD REUUIRED 37 PSI OF TORQUE AT 96%-97% N1. UPON ARRIVING AT THE LANDING ZONE THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER WAS INFORMED BY THE GROUND COMMANDER THAT THE LANDING ZONE MIGHT BE TIGHT. THE AIRCRATT COMMANDER, AFTER IDENTIFYING THE LANDING ZONE, STARTED A HIGH OVERHEAD APPROACH, RECONING THE LANDING ZONE ON THE WAY DOWN. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER, FROM THIS RECONNAISSANCE, DETERMINED THAT THE LANDING ZONE WOULD BE TIGHT BUT LANDABLE. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER APPROACHED FROM THE EAST, APPROACHING LOW OVER THE TREES. ON SHORT FINAL THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER NOTICED THAT HIS ROTOR WASH WAS UNCOVERING TREE STUMPS IN THE AREA. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER HAD TO MAKE A STEEP APPROACH DUE TO THE HIGH TREES SURROUNDING THE LANDING ZONE. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER BROUGHT THE AIRCRAFT TO A HIGH HOVER (10 FEET) OVER THE AREA. HE NEXT TRIED TO REPOSITION THE AIRCRAFT TO SUITABLE TOUCH DOWN SPOT, USING THE CREWCHIEF AND GUNNER AS GUIDES. THE PILOT WAS KEEPING THE AIRCRAFT CLEAR OF TROOPS. A RRESULT OF THIS REPOSITIONING WAS A LOSS OF ENGINE RPM WHICH LED TO THE LOSS OF DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT. AS THE AIRCRAFT SPUN TO THE RIGHT THE TAIL ROTOR STRUCK A TREE. THE AIRCRAFT THEN SETTLED TO THE GROUND, LANDING ON A STUMP. AFTER COMING TO REST THE AIRCRAFT HAD ROTATED APPROXIMATELY 180 FROM THE LANDING HEADING. NO FIRE OCCURRED AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES RECEIVED BY THE CREW OR MEMBERS OF THE GROUND UNIT IN THE LANDING ZONE. THE CREW WAS REMOVED BY ANOTHER UH-1H AFTER THE LANDING ZONE WAS FURTHER CLEARED BY THE GROUND UNIT. THE DAMAGED UH-1H WAS RETURNED TO ^CU CHI BY PISPSMOKE.^\\

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15770
The Army purchased this helicopter 0769
Total flight hours at this point: 00001940
Date: 10/28/71
Accident case number: 711028041
Unit: C/158 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Camp Evans in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 6036
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 CUNNINGHAM PT
P O2 ANDERSON TL
G UNKNOWN

Accident Summary:
AIRCRAFT WAS HOVERING OVER WATER WHILE LOADING PASSENGER DURING RESCUE MISSION FOLLOWING TYPHOON. THE AIRCRAFT DRIFTED DUE TO A LACK OF VISUAL REFERENCE POINT AND STRUCK A FLAG POLE WITH BOTH MAIN ROTOR BLADES.\\

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15770
Date: 06/10/73
South Vietnam
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: VNAF (South Vietnamese Air Force. )
Loss to Inventory

 UH-1H 68-16070

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16070
The Army purchased this helicopter 0769
Total flight hours at this point: 00000354
Date: 10/08/69
Accident case number: 691008011
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 2936
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 SUGIMOTO LJ

Accident Summary:
MK-24 ACFT FLARE IGNITED IN FLARE BARREL EXPLODING INTO M/R/B ICDT DAM TO ACFT \

 UH-1H 68-16119

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16119
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0869.
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6908   0    0 WDFHAA HHC 520T BN34GP  VIETNAM                     RVN
6909  46   46 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN


 UH-1H 68-16158

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16158
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0869.
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6908   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6909  85   85 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN

 UH-1H 68-16161

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16161
The Army purchased this helicopter 0869
Total flight hours at this point: 00000074
Date: 09/28/69
Accident case number: 690928132
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16161
The Army purchased this helicopter 0869
Total flight hours at this point: 00002038
Date: 07/16/71
Accident case number: 710716031
Unit: A/101 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Camp Eagle in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 600
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 SANWRIGHT CP

Accident Summary:
CREWCHIEF CLEARED A/C DOWN AND THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN ON A STUMP HIDDEN BY TALL GRASS CAUSING INCIDENT. DAMAGE TO LEFT REAR AVIONICS COMPARTMENT.\\

 UH-1H 68-16186

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16186
The Army purchased this helicopter 0869
Total flight hours at this point: 00000700
Date: 01/08/70
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
for Close Air Support
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at 1100 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 5 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM, 5.6MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Left Side
Systems damaged were: FUEL SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 00586 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16186
The Army purchased this helicopter 0869
Total flight hours at this point: 00000717
Date: 02/04/70
Unit: 520 TC BN
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO THEATER
for Command and Control
While in Operations Area this helicopter was in Orbit at 1600 feet and 070 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Self propelled weapon. (105MMHOW)
The helicopter was hit in the Right Side causing Fragmentation Damage.
Systems damaged were: COMM SYS, PERSONNEL, LDG GEAR, ELECTRICAL SYS
Casualties = 02 WIA . .
The helicopter made a Precautionary Landing. Aircraft is later recovered by any means other than its own power.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 00674, SIF (Incidents converted from the fixed-wing data base. Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16186
The Army purchased this helicopter 0869
Total flight hours at this point: 00001717
Date: 08/22/71
Accident case number: 710822031
Unit: B/101 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Camp Eagle in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing 48527
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P W1 RASSET LH
IP W1 SNYDER BD

Passengers:
, LCO, G;

Accident Summary:
THE INSTRUCTOR PILOT AND PILOT WERE ON A TRAINING MISSION TO CHECK THE PILOT OUT AS AN AIRCRAFT COMMANDER. THE IP ELECGED TO GO TO DONG HA AIRFIELD TO DEMONSTRATE AND PRACTICE EMERGENCY PROCEDURES. WHILE AT DONG HA THE IP DETERMINED THAT THE WIND WAS GENERALLY OUT OF THE WEST AND PROCEEDED TO USE RUNWAY HEADING 240 DEGREES. THE IP DEMONSTRATED ONE STRAIGHT IN AUTOROTATION AND THEN THE PILOT PERFORMED THE SECOND AUTOROTATION WHICH WAS RECOVERED WITH POWER AT ALTITUDE. THE SECOND AUTOROTATION INITIATED BY THE PILOT WAS ENTERED AT 600 FEET AGL AND INITIAL COLLECTIVE PITCH APPLICATION WAS MADE AT APPROXIMATELY 15 FEET AGL. THE PILOT ADDED ADDITIONAL AFT CYCLIC SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THE COLLECTIVE PITCH APPLICATION CAUSING THE AIRCRAFT TO BE PLACED IN AN EXTREMELY TAIL LOW ATTITUDE. THE IP ATTEMPTED TO CORRECT THE ATTITUDE BY APPLYING FORWARD CYCLIC; HOWEVER, THERE WAS NOT SUFFICIENT ROTOR RPM REMAINING FOR HIM TO BE ABLE TO CORRECT THE SITUATION. THE TAIL STINGER STRUCK THE RUNWAY AND WAS FORCED UPWARD, ALLOWING THE TAIL BOOM AND TAIL ROTOR TO STRIKE THE RUNWAY. THE TAIL ROTOR AND 90 DEGREE GEAR BOX WERE TORN FROM THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED HARD AND BOUNCED 3 TO 5 FEET BACK INTO THE AIR AND CAME TO REST IN AN UPRIHGT POSITION APPROXIMATELY 148 FEET FROM INITAIL RUNWAY CONTACT, COCKED ABOUT 100 DEGREES TO THE RIGHT OF THE RUNWAY HEADING.\\

 UH-1H 68-16196

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16196
The Army purchased this helicopter 0869
Total flight hours at this point: 00000342
Date: 12/16/69
Incident number: 691216191ACD Accident case number: 691216191 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 4 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 2
costing 457945
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC WO1 DRAKE MICHAEL JOSEPH KIA
P WO1 SUGIMOTO LEONARD JAMES KIA
CE CPL DEVINE THOMAS EDWARD KIA
G E4 HARRIS BJ
OB CPT GIRARDOT FRANCIS MICHAEL KIA

Passengers:
E6 RA YOUMANS, PAX, D;

Accident Summary:
THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED THE A COMPANY RAMP AT APPROXIMATELY 2245 HOURS WITH CREW AND ONE PASSENGER. AT APPROXIMATELY 2345 HOURS, THE AIRCRAFT ARRIVED AT XT 2343 AND PICKED UP YOUMANS. WHEN HE BOARDED THE AIRCRAFT HE WAS UNABLE TO LOCATE HIS SEAT BELT IN THE DARK SO HE SAT ON THE RIGHT EDGE OF THE CARGO BENCH SEAT WITHOUT BEING RESTRAINED BY A SEAT BELT. CPT GIRARDOT SAT TO THIS LEFT. THE AIRCRAFT THEN DEPARTED THAT LOCATION. AT APPROXIMATELY 0015, 16 DECEMBER THE 25TH AVIATION BATTALION TACTICAL OPERATIONS CENTER RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER STATING THAT THEY WERE OVER THEIR INTENDED LANDING POINT, BUT COULD NOT BEGIN THEIR APPROACH BECAUSE THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND WERE NOT READY. HE SAID HE WOULD BEGIN HIS APPROACH IN 10 TO 15 MINUTES AS SOON AS HE HAD LANDING INSTRUCTIONS AND THE LANDING AREA WAS MARKED. AT THIS TIME THE WINDS NEAR THE SURFACE WERE OUT OF THE NORTH AT 50 TO 70 KNOTS, VISIBILITY WAS APPROXIMATELY 7 MILES, SKY CONDITION WAS 3500 FEET BROKEN, 10,000 FEET OVERCASE WITH A TEMPERATURE AND DWPOINT SPREAD OF APPROXIMATELY 76/72. A LIGHT RAIN HAD JUST ENDED AND THERE WAS A VERY LIGHT MIST OR FOG FROM THE SURFACE TO APPROXIMATELY 10 TO 20 FEET. AN AIRCRAFT LANDING LIGHT COULD PENETRATE THIS CONDITION FROM 300 FEET. FINALLY, THERE WAS VERY LITTLE AMBIENT LIGHT. AFTER A DELAY OF APPROXIMATELY 5 TO 8 MINUTES, THE LANDING AREA WAS MARKED BY A STROBE LIHGT. THE LIGHT WAS IDENTIFIED BY FM RADIO FROM THE AIRCRAFT AS IT BEGAN A LEFT CIRCLING APPROACH. AFC BELLIN, WHO WAS AT THE LANDING AREA CALLED THE AIRCRAFT AND INSTRUCTED IT TO LAND FROM SOUTH TO NORTH. THIS TRANSMISSION WAS NOT ACKNOWLEDGED, SO HE REPEATED IT, BUT STILL HEARD NO REPLY. SOON AFTER THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN ITS APPROACH ALL LIGHTS ON IT WERE EXTINGUISHED. AS THE AIRCRAFT PASSED OVER THE ROAD TO THE SOUTH OF THE COMPOUND, IT APPEARED TO BE QUITE LOW. SECONDS LATER, WHILE IN A STEEP LEFT TURN THE TIP OF THE WHITE MAIN ROTOR BLADE STRUCK THE GROUND AT A POINT 450 METERS, ON A HEADING OF 160 DEG, FROM THE INTENDED LANDING AREA. THE STRIKE, ALTHOUGH NOT DEEP ENOUG IN THE GROUND TO CAUSE SEPARATION OF THE ROTOR SYSTEM FROM THE AIRCRAFT, DID CAUSE THE SYSTEM TO LOSE ENOUGH INERTIA THAT IT REMAINED WITH THE AIRCRAFT THROUGHOUT THE CRASH SEQUENCE, ADDITIONALLY, THE LOSS OF LIFT AND TORQUE EFFECT THREW THE AIRCRAFT INTO THE GROUND INITIALLY ONTO THE HEEL OF THE LEFT SKID, THE AIRCRAFT THEN BOUNCED OVER TO THE TOE OF THE RIGHT SKID AND NOSED OVER AS INDICATED BY GREEN CANOPY PLEXIGLASS FRAGMENTS ON THE GROUND. AS THE FUSELAGE WAS INVERTING, IT ROTATED IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION ABOUT ITS LONGITUDINAL AXIS. WHEN THE AIRCRAFT BECAME INVERTED THE TOP, LEFT PORTION OF THE TAIL FIN STRUCK THE GROUND RIPPING THE TAIL BOOM FROM THE FUSELAGE. THE TAIL ROTOR HAD LITTLE MOTION WHEN IT STRUCK THE GROUND. SIMULTANEOUSLY, THE COLLAPSE OF THE AIRCRAFT STRUCTURE CAUSED A MASSIVE RUPTURING OF AT LEAST ONE OF THE FUEL CELLS WHICH ENGULFED THE ENGINE IN FUEL RESULTINH IN A LARGE FIREBALL. THIS IGNITION OF FUEL WAS SO INTENSE THAT IT LEFT A LARGE BURN MARK ON THE GROUND, EVEN THOUGH THE FUSELAGE CONTINUED TO ROLL ALONG THE CRASH AXIS AT LEAST ONE MORE TIME BEFORE IT CAME TO REST IN AN INVERTED POSITION 68 METERS FROM WHERE IT FIRST STRUCK THE GROUND. IT THEN CONTINUED TO BURN UNTIL ALMOST COMPLETELY DESTROYED.\\
This record was last updated on 09/20/98

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: CPL Thomas Edward Devine (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 12/16/69 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 20.2
Date of Birth: 09/23/49
Home City: Beacon, NY
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 15W-062
Short Summary: Rotor hit ground causing crash and burn during night approach into LZ in bad weather. G E4 HARRIS survived.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16196
SSN: 058425627
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown or not reported
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 11/20/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/24/94


Name: WO1 Michael Joseph Drake
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 12/16/69 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 21.6
Date of Birth: 05/15/48
Home City: Royal Oak, MI
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Flight class: 68-23
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 15W-062
Short Summary: Rotor hit ground causing crash and burn during night approach into LZ in bad weather. G E4 HARRIS survived.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16196
SSN: 370502822 Service number: W3163744
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 03/08/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 07/29/95


Name: CPT Francis Michael Girardot
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 12/16/69 while performing the duty of Aerial Observer.
Age at death: 24.2
Date of Birth: 10/21/45
Home City: Royal Oak, MI
Service: FA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 15W-063
Short Summary: Aircraft accident.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16196
SSN: 385445814
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1193 = 11 Field Artillery Unit Commander
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 04/28/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 03
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 07/30/95


Name: WO1 Leonard James Sugimoto
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 12/16/69 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.9
Date of Birth: 01/26/47
Home City: Gardena, CA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Flight class: 69-5
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 15W-065
Short Summary: Rotor hit ground causing crash and burn during night approach into LZ in bad weather. G E4 HARRIS survived.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-16196
SSN: 570700752
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 05/10/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Mongolain
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 07/29/95

 UH-1H 68-16235

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16235
The Army purchased this helicopter 0969
Total flight hours at this point: 00001109
Date: 05/31/70
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at 0820 feet and 080 knots.
Cambodia
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (12.7MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Main Rotor Blade System
Systems damaged were: MAIN ROTOR SYS
The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft took off, fully flight capable.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Aircraft inspected and found to be in flyable condition
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 01830 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16235
The Army purchased this helicopter 0969
Total flight hours at this point: 00001204
Date: 06/23/70
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
This was an Unknown mission for Unknown
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at UNK feet and UNK knots.
Cambodia
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (12.7MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Left Side
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
The armor protecting the personnel was effective.
Casualties = 01 WIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted or delayed after completing some mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 01835 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )

 UH-1H 68-16418

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16418
The Army purchased this helicopter 1169
Total flight hours at this point: 00000322
Date: 03/13/70
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
for Troop Extraction
While in PickUp Zone this helicopter was at Hover at 1000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Left Side
Systems damaged were: HYDRAULIC SYS
The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft took off, fully flight capable.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Aircraft repaired on the spot with tools and parts on hand
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: BDART, 01649 (Battle Damage Assessment and Reporting Team Report. )

 UH-1H 68-16436

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16436
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 1169.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.
DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6911   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6912  53   53 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN

 UH-1H 68-16523

Helicopter UH-1H 68-16523
The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16523
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 1269.
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6912   0    0 WC5EAA 608 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN

 UH-1H 68-16551

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16551
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 1269.
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6912   0    0 WDFHAA HHC 520T BN34GP  VIETNAM                     RVN
7001  57   57 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN

 UH-1H 68-16559

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16559
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 1269.
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6912   0    0 WC5EAA 608 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
7001  41   41 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN

 UH-1H 69-15058

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15058
The Army purchased this helicopter 0170
Total flight hours at this point: 00000268
Date: 05/08/70
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XT490715
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15058
The Army purchased this helicopter 0170
Total flight hours at this point: 00000268
Date: 05/08/1970
Incident number: 70050888.KIA
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XT490715
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC 1LT ORR MERLIN GEORGE KIA
P 1LT FRASHER GARY DEAN KIA
G CPL VASSAUR FRANKIE CARL KIA

This record was last updated on 07/16/2002

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: 1LT Gary Dean Frasher
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/08/1970 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.6
Date of Birth: 10/06/1948
Home City: Worthington, IA
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Flight class: 69-34
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 11W-131
Short Summary: Same aircraft as George Orr.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15058
SSN: 481584166
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 03/20/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: *
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 07/16/2002

Name: 1LT Merlin George Orr
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/08/1970 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 24.8
Date of Birth: 07/12/1945
Home City: Lexington, NE
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Flight class: 69-34/69-30
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-002
Short Summary: Same aircraft as Gary Frasher.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15058
SSN: 541447417
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 01/04/1970
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 07/16/2002

Name: CPL Frankie Carl Vassaur (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/08/1970 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 23.8
Date of Birth: 07/09/1946
Home City: Tyler, TX
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
Major organization: 25th Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-004
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15058
SSN: 446441700
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Started Tour: 08/19/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Tay Ninh Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist - other groups
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/16/2002

The following is Goldbook information on helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15058
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0170.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.
DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
197001   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
197002   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
197003 102  102 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
197004 166  268 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN     



 UH-1H 69-15108

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15108
The Army purchased this helicopter 0270
Total flight hours at this point: 00001777
Date: 03/19/72
Accident case number: 720319031
Unit: F/4 CAV
The station for this helicopter was Long Binh in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 5500
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P W1 EVANS SB

Accident Summary:
DURING AN APPROACH TO AN UNCLEARED LZ M/R BLADES CONTACTED TREE.\\

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15108
The Army purchased this helicopter 0270
Total flight hours at this point: 00001846
Date: 05/02/72
Unit: F/4 CAV
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YD435458
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory


 UH-1H 69-15147

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15147
The Army purchased this helicopter 0270
Total flight hours at this point: 00000347
Date: 06/28/70
Accident case number: 700628111
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0
costing 95310
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P O5 DROTOR HW
IP O3 MOSIER CC

Accident Summary:
THE AIRCRAFT DEPARTED CU CHI RUNWAY 22 ON A TRAINING FLIGHT AND WAS WITHIN THE CU CHI CONTROL ZONE SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF THE CONTROL TOWER. THE PILOT WAS AT THE CONTROLS WHEN THE INSTRUCTOR PILOT CLOSED THE THROTTLE TO THE FLIGHT IDLE STOP FOR A SIMULATED ENGINE FAILURE AND FORCED LANDING. THE PILOT IMMEDIATELY ENTERED AUTOROTATION AND TURNED THE AIRCRAFT INTO THE WIND. AT APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET, THE PILOT PLACED THE AIRCRAFT INTO A DECELERATING ATTITUDE PLANNING TO INITIATE A ZERO AIRSPEED AUTOROTATION TO A SELECTED SOD FIELD. AT 75 FEET, THE INSTRUCTOR PILOT INFORMED THE PILOT TO REGAIN POWER FOR A POWER RECOVERY AND BEGAN INCREASING THROTTLE FROM HIS SIDE. THE PILOT THEN CONTINUED TO INCREASE THROTTLE FOR FULL POWER AND MADE A COLLECTIVE PITCH PULL WHICH WAS INTENDED TO SLOW THE AIRCRAFT TO THE SLOWEST POSSIBLE AIRSPEED BEFORE TERMINATING THE MANEUVER WITH POWER. AT THIS TIME, DURING THE FINAL SLOWING PROCESS, THE TAIL ROTOR GUARD MADE CONTACT WITH THE GROUND AND COLLAPSED. THE TAIL ROTOR BLADES THEN STRUCK THE GROUND CAUSING SEVERE DAMAGE TO THE TAIL ROTOR DRIVE SYSTEM AND COMPLETE LOSS OF ANTI-TORQUE CONTROL. THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN TO TURN OUT OF CONTROL TO THE RIGHT. BOTH PILOT ATTEMPTED TO REGAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT NOT REALIZING WHAT HAD HAPPENED. THE AIRCRAFT HIT THE GROUND AFTER THREE (3) 360 DEGREE TURNS IN A LEVEL ATTITUDE AND ROLLED ON ITS LEFT SIDE.\\

 UH-1H 69-15149

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15149
The Army purchased this helicopter 0270
Total flight hours at this point: 00000153
Date: 05/08/70
Accident case number: 700508171 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/25 AVN 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Cu Chi in Cambodia
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 6 . . Passengers = 2
costing 244345
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC O3 HARRISON RL
P O3 FRANKE SW
CE E4 MORGAN SE
G E5 SCHOOLEY ML

Passengers:
E4 V PAROUS, PAX, D; E4 R SAWYER, PAX, D;

Accident Summary:
IN LATE AFTERNOON ON 8 MAY 1970 UH-1H 69-15140. A COMPANY, 25TH AVIATION BATTALION, WAS ON A RESUPPLY MISSION IN SUPPORT OF D COMPANY, 2ND BATTALION, 14TH INFANTRY, 25TH INFANTRY DIVISION. DURING THE DAY THE AIRCRAFT HAD FLOWN 05+30 HOURS ON GENERAL SUPPORT MISSIONS. AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT THE WINDS NEAR THE SURFACE WERE CALM, VISIBILITY ABOUT 8 MILES, AND THERE WERE HIGH CLOUDS WITH THUNDERSTORMS SEVERAL MILES TO THE EAST. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER WAS INFORMED THAT AN ADEQUATE LANDING ZONE HAD BEEN OUT. SEVERAL SORTIES HAD BEEN COMPLETED FOR THE SAME BATTALION INTO LARGE LANDING ZONES. LOADS OF SIMILAR WEIGHT HAD BEEN DELIVERED WITH NO PROBLEM, AND UNDER HIGHER DENSITY ALTITUDE CONDITIONS. UPON ARRIVIVING AT THE LANDING ZONE, THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER BECAME CONCERNED BECAUSE OF ITS SMALL SIZE AND TOOK THE CONTROLS FROM THE LOSS EXPERIENCED PILOT. A HOVER CHECK HAD BEEN MADE PRIOR TO LEAVING TAY NINH AND HAD REQUIRED 38 TO 40 POUNDS OF TORQUE. AFTER OBSERVING THE LANDING ZONE FROM ALTITUDE THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER DESCENDED AND MADE A LOW LEVEL RECONNAISSANCE, CIRCLING THE AREA IN A TIGHT ORBIT. HE DECIDED NOT TO LAND. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER INFORMED THE GROUND COMMANDER THAT HE WOULD NOT LAND, BUT WOULD MAKE A SLOW PASS OVER THE LANDING ZONE AND TRY THROWING THE SUPPLIES OUT. AS THE AIRCRAFT APPROACHED THE LANDING ZONE ON FINAL WITH A HEADING OF EAST, THE PILOTS NOTICED THAT ABOUT 20 PERSONNAL HAD MOVED INTO THE CLEARING. THE PILOT MOTICED THE TWO PASSENGERS NOT TO THROW ANYTHING OUT WHILE THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER SLOWED HIS APPROACH AND TOLD THE GROUND CONTACT TO CLEAR THE LANDING ZONE OF TROOPS. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER BROUGHT THE AIRCRAFT TO A HIGH (60 TO 70 FEET) HOVER AND AWAITED CLEARANCE TO DROP THE SUPPLIES. AS THE AIRSPEED DROPPED TO ZERO THE PILOT NOTICED A LOSS OF RPM AND INFORMED THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER WHO HAD ALREADY FELT THE POWER LOSS. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER ADDED FORWARD CYCLIC. FIRST, TO GET AWAY FROM THE TROOPS BEFORE CRASHING, AND SECONDLY TO TRY TO REGAIN TRANSLATIONAL LIFT. HE ENTERED A RIGHT HAND TURN IN HOPES OF POSSIBLY REACHING A CLEAR RICE PADDY AREA THAT WAS 800 METERS TO THE SOUTH. THE COLLECTIVE WAS NOT LOWERED BECAUSE THE SKIDS WERE ALREADY IN THE TREETOPS. THE PILOT CAME ON THE CONTROLS WITH THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER AND TRIED BEEPING THE RPM UP. WITH AN ESTIMATED 10 KNOTS OF AIRSPEED AND AN ESTIMATED 40 TO 50 DEGREES OF BANK THE ROTOR BLADES BEGAN MAKING CONTACT WITH THE TREES. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER THEN COMMITTED HIMSELF AS THE DESCENT CONTINUED BY LEVELING THE AIRCRAFT AND ZEROING THE AIRSPEED. AS THE AIRCRAFT SETTLED INTO THE TREES THE MAIN ROTOR MADE CONTACT WITH A LARGE TREE AND GENERATED THE MAST AND TOP HALF OF THE TRANSMISSION. THE NOSE TUCKED UNDER AND THE AIRCRAFT DIVED TO THE GROUND. AS INVERSION OCCURRED THE CREW CHIEF, NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT, WAS THROWN OUT AND FELL ABOUT 30 FEET. THE PILOT LOST CONSCIOUSNESS ON INITIAL IMPACT IN THE TREES. THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER REMAINED CONSCIOUS AND FOUGHT THE CONTROLS UNTIL IMPACT WITH THE GROUND, WHERE HE WAS KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS. THE AIRCRAFT CAME TO REST UPSIDE DOWN ON ITS RIGHT FRONT. NO FIRE OCCURRED. ACTER THE CREW AND PASSENGERS WERE PULLED FROM THE WRECKAGE THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER RETURNED TO SHUT OFF THE ENGINE, WHICH RAN FOR 4 OR 5 MINUTES AFTER IMPACT. THE INJURED WERE EVACUATED SHORTLY AFTER THE ACCIDENT BY A DUST-OFF SHIP UTILIZING A JUNGLE PENETRATOR.\\

 UH-1H 69-15190
The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15190
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This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0370.
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
7003   0    0 W0Y6AA INTRANSIT        IN TRANSIT                  AVCOMCTR
7004   0    0 WHB1AA 166 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
7005 147  147 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
7006 139  286 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN

 UH-1H 69-15272

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15272
The Army purchased this helicopter 0470
Total flight hours at this point: 00000750
Date: 05/16/71
Unit: F/4 CAV
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XT765385
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15272
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
7004   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
7005  52   52 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
7006  70  122 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN

 UH-1H 69-15281

Information on Vietnam Air Force helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15281
Date: 710700
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XS460670
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: VNAF (South Vietnamese Air Force. )
Loss to Inventory

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15281
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This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0470.
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
7004   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
7005  83   83 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
7006  97  180 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN

 UH-1H 69-15395

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15395
The Army purchased this helicopter 0570
Total flight hours at this point: 00000525
Date: 02/10/71
Accident case number: 710210141
Unit: 2 BDE 25 INF
The station for this helicopter was Dau Tieng in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 363
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 PERRY BC

Accident Summary:
AIRCRAFT WAS STARTED AFTER CLEARANCE FROM CREW CHIEF WITH MAIN ROTOR BLADES STILL TIED DOWN CAUSING DAMAGE TO TAIL ROTOR BLADES.\\

 UH-1H 69-15444

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15444
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This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0670.
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
7006   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
7007   8    8 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN
7008  75   83 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN

 UH-1H 69-15448

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15448
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
7006   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
7007  41   41 WALZA0 TRPA 25AVBN25IN  VIETNAM                     RVN

 UH-1H 69-15557

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15557
The Army purchased this helicopter 0770
Total flight hours at this point: 00000198
Date: 01/07/71
Incident number: 71010726.KIA
Unit: 2 BDE 25 INF
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YS478910
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P 1LT RUSHING KENNETH ROGER KIA
This record was last updated on 05/25/98

The following is crew member information for this incident:

Name: 1LT Kenneth Roger Rushing
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/07/71 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 24.4
Date of Birth: 08/19/46
Home City: Baxley, GA
Service: FA branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 118 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-42/69-40
Service: FA branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 05W-032
Short Summary: Hit by RPG near Xuan Loc while getting flight time w/Roy Gibson 25 INF 2 BDE. He was liasion officer to Xuan Loc from Bien Hoa.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 69-15557
SSN: 259704910
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: RPG
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: vehicular accident
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 07/29/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Long Khanh Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 07/17/93