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AH-1 Vietnam Losses

 

Date

Name(s)

Location

Insignia

Notes

05 NOV 72

CW2 William L. Miller III [AC]

Quang Nam Province

D/17 CAV
#68-15182
A/C was shot down 15 miles S of Da Nang while engaging a bunker complex.

03 SEP 72

CPT Frank G. Oliver II [P]
CPT Donald J. Hanning [P]

Tuyen Duc Province

60 AHC
#67-15801 GUNRUNNER 36
A/C was assigned on medevac escort mission. A/C entered cloud bank with other Cobra, crashed after going IMC.

15 AUG 72

CW2 Lawrence C. Dean [AC]
P injured

Thua Thien Province

D/17 CAV
#?
A/C hit by .51 cal.

26 JUL 72

WO1 Harold McCaslin Jr [P]
P injured

Binh Dinh Province

H/10 CAV
#?
A/C shot down, crashed and burned. Broken neck on impact due to his chicken plate.

22 JUL 72

WO1 Glenn E. Nowakowski [AC]
CPT Lee W. Billingsly [CP]

Binh Dinh Province

129 AHC
#66-15304
A/C went into slow spiral and crashed. Suspected hostile fire.

24 JUN 72

CW2 John L. Dilallo [P]

Bien Hoa Province

F/79 ARA
#68-15206
Cylic locked up during night maintenance test flight after departing Long Thanh North. Crashed in Saigon River.

20 JUN 72

CPT Edwin G. Northup [P]
1LT Stephen E. Shields [AC]

Binh Long Province

F/79 ARA
#67-15670
A/C shot down by .51 cal triangular ambush near An Loc. Both survived crash, took refuge in a bomb crater, then killed in gun fight with NVA.

20 JUN 72

1LT Louis K. Breuer IV [AC]
CW2 Burdette D. Townsend Jr [CP]

Binh Long Province

F/9 CAV
#67-15718
A/C shot down by an SA-7 missile over An Loc.

24 MAY 72

CW2 John R. Henn Jr [AC]
CW2 Isaac Y. Hosaka [CP]

Binh Long Province

F/79 ARA
#67-15836
A/C was in a flight of 3 Cobras at 4800' when the A/C appeared to break in half, went into a flat spin, exploded and burst into flames upon impact. A/C was hit with SA-7 at 1425 hours.

11 MAY 72

MAJ Rodney L. Strobridge [P]
MAJ Robert J. Williams [P]

Binh Long Province

F/79 ARA
#68-15009
A/C was in a flight of three providing air support to SVA forces heavily engaged by hostile units in the seige of An Loc. A/C was hit in the T/B by an SA-7, and the boom was immediately severed. The A/C went into a flat spin and crashed at 1233 hours.

09 MAY 72

1LT John T. Conry [P]
AC POW

Kontum Province

361 AVN
#68-15053
A/C shot down SW of Ben Het. AC captured and held as POW. Fire fight around the A/C lasted for 8 hours. Conry died on medevac on way to hospital.

28 APR 72

CPT Paul V. Martindale [AC]
WO1 William A. Haines Jr [CP]

Quang Tri Province

F/4 CAV
#?
Gun lead on scout mission. Took round in transmission and crashed.

19 APR 72

CPT Arnold J. Rahm [AC]
1LT George K. Barsom III [CP]

Binh Duong Province

D/229 AHB
#66-15343
A/C shot down near Dau Tiang and made a successful emergency landing. Before crew could egress they were killed by SA fire while still in the cockpit.

07 APR 72

WO1 Robert A. Stern [AC]
CW2 Joe D. Hudson [CP]

Kien Giang Province

C/16 CAV
#68-15207 DARKHORSE 34
A/C was shot down by .51 cal while covering a downed UH-1 waiting to be picked up by a CH-47.

05 APR 72

CPT Henry M. Spengler III [P]
CW2 Charles C. Windeler Jr [P]

Binh Long Province

F/79 ARA
#67-15594
A/C hit by AA fire while pulling up from 2nd gun run near Loc Ninh Airfield. At about 300' AGL it appeared that the T/B began to bend and wobble, causing A/C to spin left. A/C crashed, burst into flames and exploded.

22 OCT 71

CPT Maurice E. Garrett Jr [AC]
1LT Danny A. Cowan [CP]

Quang Tri Province

A/2/17 CAV
#67-15752
On a recon mission when weather deteriorated. On return to Quang Tri Airfield on instruments. Shortly after last transmission, the A/C apparently struck trees and continued for a short distance before crashing into the ground and violently exploding.

27 SEP 71

1LT Ronald B. Rueppel [AC]
1 injured

An Giang Province

1 AVN BDE
#67-15478
A/C was lead in flight of 3. As darkness began to fall, the flight entered a light rain. As A/C could clearly define a cloud bank ahead, they descended to 500'. A short time later the ceiling dropped to 200' and limited contact with the ground. A/C turned to the right and toward the river, rolling out of the turn at 70 knots and 150' AGL. A/C hit a large tree and then several other trees, impacted the water in an upright position and began to sink.

11 SEP 71

CW2 Alejandro Makintaya [P]
SP4 Michael J. Kilduff [CE]

Binh Dinh Province

361 AVN
#67-15816
A/C was returning to Pleiku from Vung Tau after a T/R change when it crashed in bad weather. A/C apparently was flying SE and descending while approaching a ridgeline that runs north-south, striking tree tops at the summit of an elevated portion of the ridgeline, continued approx 200 meters and impacted with the ground.

01 SEP 71

CPT Larry J. Kluever [P]
CPT Arthur Tomaschek [P]

Long An Province

H/16 CAV
#68-15041
A/C crashed and exploded in a bunker south of FSB Mace, probably from target fixation.

15 JUL 71

CPT Ted J. Taylor [AC]
1LT Howard J. Becker Jr [CP]

Quang Tri Province

A/2/17 CAV
#67-15679
On a CA mission to Red Devil Road. While descending, an explosion occurred. Crew decided to head for FSB Sheppard. Crew reported they had overshot Sheppard and were going on to Vandergrift, rather than circle around. A/C proceeded down the Quang Tri River when engine failed, and successfully autogyrated into the river. During the rescue attempt, as CPT Taylor was being pulled off the skid, a strong river undertow sucked him under water.

03 JUL 71

CW2 Robert S. Schettig [AC]
1LT Gary P. Tomlinson [CP]

Thua Thien Province

A/4/77 ARA
#67-15760
Mid-air with #68-15185 while providing fire support.

CPT Phillip R. Bergfield [AC]
CPT Terry J. Martell [CP]

A/4/77 ARA
#68-15185
Mid-air with #67-15760 while providing fire support.

25 JUN 71

CPT Albert P. Carden [P]

Quang Tri Province

D/158 AVN
#?
Flying near FSB Fuller in I Corps in front seat, took one round through lower throat above chicken plate.

01 JUN 71

1LT Paul G. Magers [P]
CW2 Donald L. Wann [P]

Quang Tri Province

D/158 AVN
#68-15002
A/C was assisting a group of Army Rangers under attack, then destroy left behind ammunition and mines near Hill 1015 (Dong Tri Mtn) and were hit with AA fire, causing the helicopter to crash somewhere around the hill, about 6 mi SW of Thon Khe Xeng. A/C was hit in the underside by enemy fire during gun run. Escaping fuel caught fire and A/C nosed up, gaining perhaps 150' before descending in a vertical right turn to ground impact. *Remains were found in 2008.

27 MAY 71

CPT Paul D. Carter [AC]
WO1 Jerry Foy [CP]

Quang Tri Province

D/3/5 CAV
#68-15168
A/C crashed possibly due to hostile fire or pulling out of a gun run too low to clear the trees.

29 APR 71

CW2 Ronald L. Evans [AC]
WO1 Robert L. Long [CP]

Pleiku Province

B/7/17 CAV
#67-15468
A/C was on a mission to search for survivors of downed VNAF aircraft. As A/C was directly over the crash site at about 1500', it took a direct hit from AA fire. The A/C exploded in mid-air, then fell to the ground with a secondary explosion.

14 APR 71

SP4 Ronald L. Sanbower [CE]

Vinh Long Province

C/16 CAV
#67-15823
Crew chief walked into the T/R of a Cobra.

03 APR 71

WO1 James B. Low [P]
P injured

Laos

C/7/17 CAV
#67-15807
A/C took fire and crashed into river bottom while supporting Operations in Laos. Pilot died in hospital after evac.

29 MAR 71

CPT Charles H. Edwards Jr [P]
WO1 Barry A. Rhash [P]

Vinh Binh Province

175 AHC
#67-15820
A/C failed to pull out of a night gun run.

23 MAR 71

CW2 Paul J. Foti [P]
CPT Donald K. Osborn [P]

Cambodia

A/1/9 CAV
#68-15111
A/C was shot down by outgoing ARVN arty round.

21 MAR 71

WO1 David C. Lancaster [P]
WO1 James W. Manthei [P]

Laos

C/7/17 CAV
#68-15019
A/C had T/R shot out while covering ARVNs. Both pilots necks were broken during crash landing.

18 MAR 71

CPT Keith A. Brandt [AC]
1LT Alan B. Boffman [CP]

Laos

D/101 AVN
#68-15077 MUSIC 16
A/C was covering extraction of the last of 4/1 ARVN troops from Laos during Lam Son 719. A/C was leading other aircraft to LZ when NVA fire became intense. A/C shuddered and pilot stated that he lost the engine and transmission. A/C hit the ground with low rotor RPM and the blades then came off pretty much in tact still on the mast along the left side of the A/C, began to burn from the right side and then was engulfed in flames.

17 MAR 71

1LT Lawrence E. Lilly [CP]
P rescued

Cambodia

A/1/9 CAV
#69-17935
A/C was conducting a visual recon mission. As the A/C was near a LZ (XU488458), it was hit by enemy fire of the F-21B Inf Regt, 5th VC Division and forced to the ground. Rescue efforts successfully extracted AC, but due to intense enemy fire, they were forced to leave other pilot.

17 MAR 71

CW2 Michael J.S. DePaul [AC]
CPT Robert C. Green [CP]

Vinh Long Province

C/16 CAV
#67-15676 DARKHORSE 32
A/C was on an afternoon check ride and were landing from the North at Can Tho when the A/A Porter entered traffic requesting permission to land. Porter was on VHF and the Cobra was on UHF. Cobra was given permission to autorotate, the tower immediately saw the two on a mid air collison and tried to have the A/A go around when the Cobra made contact from above killing the two pilots in the Cobra and the 6 occupants in the Porter.

16 MAR 71

CPT Loyd V. McCarthy Jr [P]
CPT Charles D. Allen Jr [P]

Quang Tri Province

B/4/77 ARA
#66-15310
A/C crashed when returning from an operation trying to beat weather. Crashed 4 - 5 k south of Quang Tri.

12 MAR 71

CPT Joel T. Hageman [AC]
1LT Van J. Joyce [CP]

Cambodia

C/1/9 CAV
#68-15062
During gun run, rotor head blown off by .51 cal W of Tay Ninh.

07 MAR 71

WO1 Hyrum B. Port [AC]
CPT Mark Afflerbach [CP]

Quang Tri Province

F/8 CAV
#69-16438
A/C was performing a visual recon mission in support of C/2-502 INF when A/C experienced a M/R hub assy separation at an altitude of 700' MSL. A/C struck the ground at an angle of approx 90 deg to the slope of the terrain, heading approx 270 deg, post crash fire and explosion then resulted.

06 MAR 71

CW3 John F. Hummel [AC]
CW3 William P. Milliner [CP]

Laos

B/7/1 CAV
#67-15464 WRITER 25
A/C's wingman (lead) contacted controllers that both gunships were planning to use a GCA because of inclement weather. Radio contact with A/C was lost and visual was lost when A/C entered fog bank.

20 FEB 71

1LT John C. Hunter [AC]
WO1 Carl Nacca Jr [CP]

Quang Tri Province

D/3/5 CAV
#67-15579
A/C rolled in on a 14.5mm AA site which had fired on a scout helicopter. The A/C was hit and caught fire while at about 500', then crashed and burned.

12 FEB 71

CPT James G. Siddons [P]

Laos

187 AHC
#66-15297
A/C was shot down, autorotated to ground and began receiving ground fire on touchdown. CPT Siddons ran upslope to suppress fire with pistol, cut in two by rotor blade.

12 FEB 71

CPT Clyde D. Wilkinson [AC]
CW2 Arthur E. McLeod [CP]

Quang Tri Province

C/2/17 CAV
#68-17089
A/C was on an armed recon mission W of Quang Tri. During an attack on a target, A/C was hit by enemy ground fire. Pilot radioed that the engine oil bypass caution light was on, and that he would attempt to return to Khe Sanh. On the return attempt, the A/C began to smoke and burn, and the crew attempted to land. Just prior to touchdown, the A/C exploded and crashed, followed by intense fire and ammunition detonation.

09 FEB 71

CW2 James F. Collins [AC]
CPT Stephen L. Whisenant [CP]

Quang Tri Province

D/101 AVN
#68-17106
A/C shot down and crashed.

05 FEB 71

WO1 Carl M. Wood [P]
WO1 James L. Paul [CP]

Quang Tri Province

D/3/5 CAV
#66-15340
A/C was on an extraction mission in the general vicinity of Khe Sanh. Shortly after the start of the extraction, the A/C entered a heavy cloud cover which forced IFR to climb out of the weather. During the climb the A/C impacted a mountainside and exploded.

05 JAN 71

CW2 Donald M. Cramer [P]
SP4 Ronnie V. Rogers

Thua Thien Province

HHT/1/9 CAV
#68-17083
A/C departed Phu Bai airfield on an armament testing flight and crashed in the South China Sea. Weather was judged to be poor and there was no radio communications after takeoff.

24 DEC 70

1LT Joseph C. Spence Jr [AC]
CW3 William H. Yount Jr [CP]

Binh Long Province

A/3/17 CAV
#68-15171
Shot down by small arms fire while performing a Night Hawk mission.

14 OCT 70

CW2 Carl J. Wanka [AC]
WO1 Edwin H. Curtiss [P]

Bien Hoa Province

D/229 AHB
#68-15211
A/C was on a direct combat support mission flying from Bear Cat to Bien Hoa AB. At approx 0900 hours A/C was flying low level over the river 7km east of Phu Loi when it crashed into the Saigon River after skids hit the water.

10 OCT 70

WO1 David M. Allen [CP]
P injured

Quang Tri Province

A/2/17 CAV
#68-15161
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
A/C initiated a steep dive toward the friendly APC's. Recovery from the dive was initiated, but the A/C struck the ground. After initial impact, the tailboom, M/R and transmission, and engine separated from the A/C. Cabin compartment then bounced several times and rolled end-over-end, finally coming to rest in a ravine.

21 SEP 70

CW2 Robert W. Grebby [AC]
CPT William J. Hodges Sr [CP]

Kien Tuong Province

B/7/1 CAV
#68-17091
A/C was hit by four 7.62 mm rounds. Three rounds hit the plexiglass directly in front of the CP, with two rounds striking him. Third round hit the AC. Fourth hit went through the engine burner.

17 SEP 70

WO1 Thomas M. Barnett [CP]
P injured

Binh Long Province

A/3/17 CAV
#67-15862
As A/C was breaking after completing a devastating rocket attack, the NVA gunners hit the engine, rocket pods, and ammunition bay. A/C hit the ground in a controlled crash.

25 AUG 70

WO1 Barry W. Godfrey [P]
CW2 Terrell L. Rawlinson [P]

Bien Hoa Province

A/2/20 ARA
#67-15719
During high speed low level turn, rotor blades hit ground at Ben Hoa during an orientation demo flight.

01 AUG 70

2LT David L. Caplan [P]
CPT Frank I. Kraxner [P]

Binh Duong Province

A/2/20 ARA
#67-15519
Flew into target on Nighthawk fire mission outside Phouc Vinh perimeter.

28 JUL 70

WO1 Kevin M. Frye [P]
CW2 David E. Zimmerman [P]

Long Khanh Province

C/1/9 CAV
#66-15305
A/C was on visual recon mission when it experienced an engine failure. A/C appeared to be in a normal autorotative glide, when A/C was observed to assume a radical decelerating attitude with a subsequent loss of airspeed and rotor RPM. A/C's momentum carried it just clear of the trees where it settled vertically with zero airspeed and rotor RPM.

15 JUL 70

WO1 Jimmy L. Hill [AC]
WO1 John P. Bartone [P]

Tay Ninh Province

A/2/20 ARA
#67-15729
A/C was enroute to Phuoc Vinh after a combat mission cruising at 2000' with another acft when it began billowing black and gray smoke. Mayday call was made and A/C turned to an open area near a river. Short of the clear area the A/C struck a tree, turned on its side and fell to the ground.

07 JUL 70

CW2 Thomas W. Damm [AC]
1LT Thomas D. Gillaspy [AC]

Thua Thien Province

A/4/77 ARA
#68-15136
Crashed during night ARA mission possibly due to vertigo or target fixation.

04 JUL 70

WO1 Frank E. Stearns [AC]
WO1 Mark T. Jernigan [CP]

Binh Tuy Province

C/3/17 CAV
#67-15573
A/C were looking for an NVA element that had ambushed a convoy earlier east of Xuan Loc along the highway north of Black Horse. A/C fired about 4 pairs of rockets during a dive and at approx 500' started to pull out when A/C stopped the pull out and descended into the target area. A/C crashed along side the .51 pit they were attacking.

29 JUN 70

CPT Calvin W. Binder II [P]
CW2 James F. Elkin [CP]

Cambodia

A/3/17 CAV
#67-15581
A/C shot down near Highway 13 WNW of Quan Loi.

26 JUN 70

CW2 Dennis J. Brault [AC]
CW2 Douglas S. Vergamini [CP]

Phuoc Long Province

B/2/20 ARA
#68-15026
A/C was hit by .51 caliber machinegun fire during a combat assault southwest of Firebase Snuffy.

13 MAY 70

WO1 Wayne H. Hedemann [P]

Cambodia

334 AHC
#68-15091
A/C was hit by ground fire while covering a downed aircraft (#67-15547) in Angel's Wing. Front seat pilot shot in throat. CP flew A/C back to Tay Ninh.

09 MAY 70

WO1 William O. Lassiter III [P]
SP4 Wiley D. Hooks

Cambodia

D/229 AHB
#68-15184
A/C was shot down during combat mission.

06 MAY 70

CPT Joseph S. Prince [P]
CP injured

Binh Duong Province

B/25 AVN
#68-15043
A/C was flying wing on a light fire team providing security around Cu Chi base camp for visiting VIPs. A/C radioed lead and stated they had possible short shaft failure. A/C was attempting to land on active runway when a loud ping was heard followed by drop in altitude. A/C entered autorotation in attempt to land on Hwy 8A or the open rice paddys adjoining road. On short final, at 100-155' altitude, pilot turned toward paddy to avoid vehicle on road. Skids became tangled in barbed wire fence, struck ground on its right side approx 10m from the fence and burst into flames.

05 MAY 70

WO1 Stephen P. Finke [AC]
CPT Tschann Mashburn [CP]

Quang Tri Province

D/158 AVN
#67-15634
On the last pass giving close fire support, A/C received intense enemy fire causing A/C to explode in the air and again upon impact with the ground.

04 MAY 70

WO1 Dean L. Bonneau [P]
CPT Douglas N. Winfrey [P]

Thua Thien Province

B/4/77 ARA
#67-15620
Mid-air with flare ship UH-1 68-16244. Nav lights were not operational.

02 MAY 70

WO1 Steven J. Greenlee [AC]
CW2 William W. Davis [CP]

Cambodia

ACT/11 ACR
#68-15121
Mid-air with O-2A. Witnesses state O-2A was in climbing right hand turn and A/C was making left hand orbits and was in shallow descent. Contact made with left wing and cockpit area of 0-2A and M/R blade of A/C. On impact the fixed wing A/C M/R system separated and fell to the ground.

02 MAY 70

WO1 Donald L. Parker [P]
1LT Frank L. Rice Jr [P]

Cambodia

235 AVN
#67-15554 VIPER 32
Mid-air with a VNAF gereral's O-2A #68-11065 flying too low in ops area.

23 APR 70

CPT Larron D. Murphy [AC]
WO1 Dennis K. Eads [CP]

Quang Nam Province

F/8 CAV
#67-15612
Dispatched on an emergency extraction mission to pick up a LRRP which was in contact with enemy forces. A/C radioed to flight lead that he was crashing. No further contact nor crash site was found.

23 MAR 70

CPT Richard D. Hulse [AC]
WO1 Scott K. Pardee [CP]

Thua Thien Province

B/4/77 ARA
#67-15602
A/C crashed during a back seat check training flight. Could not be determied if A/C was hit by enemy fire or flew through a GT (gun to target) line. The transmission had left the A/C in flight.

22 MAR 70

1LT Noel A. Harris Jr [AC]
WO1 Donald T. Graham [CP]

Kien Giang Province

C/16 CAV
#68-15070
A/C shot down and crashed.

11 MAR 70

CPT David L. Mathis [P]
SP4 Terry M. Steiner [CE]

Lam Dong Province

D/2/1 CAV
#67-15671
A/C had mast bumping which led to M/R separation. Crashed and burned while on a test flight prior to a maintenence program.

09 MAR 70

CW2 Hal E. Perry [P]
WO1 John P. Woner [P]

Bien Hoa Province

334 AHC
#68-15020
A/C lost T/R and 90 degree gear box then M/R at 700' AGL while flying high bird for VR in War Zone C.

04 FEB 70

CW2 Gary A. Bullerdick [AC]
CW2 Johnnie L. Ishmael [CP]

Thua Thien Province

D/158 AVN
#68-15175
A/C shot down, crashed and burned.

28 JAN 70

WO1 Michael W. Hunter [AC]
WO1 Anthony B. Battel [CP]

Phuoc Long Province

C/1/9 CAV
#68-17057
While flying high cover, A/C rolled in on target and was hit by .51 cal in M/R mast causing it to separate at 2500'.

27 JAN 70

WO1 Wesley W. Carroll III [AC]
1LT Theodore R. Leighton [CP]

An Xugen Province

235 AVN
#68-17039
A/C was making a SE gun run along a canal, broke left and failed to make a break at the bottom of the run, crashing into trees and exploded.

26 JAN 70

CW2 Bernard E. Meister [AC]

Long Khanh Province

334 AHC
#66-15274
Crashed in War Aone D with marginal A/C control. Died 19 days later in hospital in Japan.

03 JAN 70

WO1 Gene J. Olson [AC]
P injured

Tay Ninh Province

A/1/9 CAV
#68-15138
Pilot took .51 cal through the inside of his leg near the crotch area.

27 DEC 69

WO1 Michael R. Earl [P]
SSG Richard P. Stotsbery [TO]

Binh Duong Province

C/3/17 CAV
#68-15065
A/C departed Sabre heliport on a periodic inspection test flight. A/C was observed at approx 50' AGL, making a tight turn to the right. The M/R assy was spinning in the air approx 100m to the east of the fuselage. With no detectable forward travel after impact, the A/C came to rest on the left wing store and left side of the broken mast. M/R assy remained airborne 5-10 seconds after Cobra crashed. TO died 3 days later of injuries.

22 DEC 69

CW2 Harry F. Zalesny Jr [AC]
WO1 Peter P. Parnell Jr [CP]

Phuoc Long Province

334 AHC
#67-15812
A/C shot down, crashed and burned.

19 DEC 69

CPT Charles B. Draut Jr [AC]
WO1 Richard W. Frank II [CP]

Binh Long Province

C/2/20 ARA
#67-15739
A/C accident. Non-hostile crash.

16 DEC 69

CW2 Sven S. Mason [AC]
WO1 James E. Hayes [CP]

Chuong Thien Province

235 AVN
#67-15799
A/C flew into the ground at night and bad weather returning from a mission.

07 DEC 69

WO1 Robert E. DeVinney [AC]

Kien Hoa Province

235 AWC
AK-47 gunshot wound to the head in front seat coming out of a gun run north of Soc Trang.

29 NOV 69

CW2 Lawrence J. Babyak [AC]
WO1 Kenneth A. Luse [CP]

Phuoc Long Province

B/1/9 CAV
#68-15188
A/C was shot down attempting the rescue of a "Jaguar Yellow Bird" team near Quan Loi when their A/C was hit by .51 cal AA fire, crashed and burned.

23 NOV 69

WO1 Alexander C. Brown [P]
CPT Robert A. Clements [P]

Hau Nghia Province

D/3/4 CAV
#67-15667
On routine patrol about 0700, 5-6 miles N of Cu Chi, at 1500' the M/R blade separated from A/C.

07 NOV 69

WO1 David C. Greeson [AC]
1 injured

Phuoc Long Province

B/2/20 ARA
#67-15712
A/C was checking out a a semi-abandoned rubber plantation with brick houses when a .51 opened up and shot A/C down. A post crash explosion occurred.

23 OCT 69

WO1 Andrew J. Abramson [AC]
WO1 Gerald L. Young [CP]

Thua Thien Province

A/4/77 ARA
#68-15109
A/C was wing in flight of two ARA acft that was heading to target area near FSB Tiger. Shortly after takeoff, A/C was observed to have a puff of white smoke coming from engine and immediately assume a decelerating attitude in attempt to build RPM. A/C struck ground hard causing M/R blades to flex down into the copilot compartment, xmsn and mast separated and shortly afterward fuel cells ruptured and burst into flames.

21 OCT 69

PFC Timothy E. Larmon [CE]

Quang Tin Province

D/1/1 CAV
#67-15665
CE was killed when he walked into T/R.

08 OCT 69

CPT Chriss L. Roediger [AC]
CPT James T. Luscinski [CP]

Quang Tri Province

D/158 AVN
#68-15145
As a result of the damage caused by hostile fire the A/C crashed returning to Camp Evans. They had been searching for AH-1 #68-15044 (below).

08 OCT 69

CW2 Robert J. Watkins Jr [P]
AC injured

Laos

D/158 AVN
#68-15044
A/C was going to land in A Shau Valley because of approaching darkness, bad weather and low fuel. As A/C descended through a cloud layer it apparently hit trees and crashed.

17 SEP 69

WO1 Gary J. Davis [AC]
WO1 Theodore V. Skiles [CP]

Long An Province

B/3/17 CAV
#68-15061
Mid-air with C&C UH-1H #67-17821.

16 SEP 69

CW2 Robert F. Daley [AC]
1LT John F. Goodlett [CP]

Binh Duong Province

A/3/17 CAV
#67-15584
A/C flew into the ground on a gun run at an approx left bank of 45 deg and nose low attitude and 400-500' AGL.

05 SEP 69

WO1 Terrance E. Ledden [AC]

Binh Long Province

ACT/11 ACR
A/C shot down by .51 mm AA gunfire near Loc Ninh.

21 AUG 69

1LT Willard D. Richardson Jr [P]
CPT Joe C. Shaw [P]

Thua Thien Province

D/158 AVN
#68-15059
A/C departed Camp Eagle and at some point unknown M/R hub and blades separated from acft causing it to crash on its left side. M/R blades hit the ground approx 300 yds SW of acft.

20 AUG 69

WO1 Martin L. Taber [P]
WO1 James R. Waldowski [P]

Kien Hoa Province

D/3/5 CAV
#68-15032
A/C was making a rocket run at approx 600' AGL heading 090 deg. A/C fired four pairs of rockets, "broke right", crashed and exploded on impact.

18 AUG 69

CW2 Norman D. Auten [P]
WO1 James G. Hodgskin Jr [P]

Tay Ninh Province

B/1 AVN
#67-15765
Hit by a friendly arty illumination round at night.

16 AUG 69

CW2 Mark W. Eveland [AC]
WO1 Clifford P. McCrary [CP]

Tay Ninh Province

D/229 AHB
#67-15733
A/C notified GCA that they were encountering scud conditions and was turning to avoid becoming IFR. A/C then made another turn when radar contact was lost. A/C crashed on a heading of 070 deg approx 1 mile from the area where radar contact was lost. The A/C impacted at the western edge of a large clearing in an inverted position.

12 AUG 69

WO1 Francis McDowall Jr [P]

Binh Long Province

C/2/20 ARA
#67-15723
A/C hit by an RPG during refuel and re-arm while under ground attack at Quan Loi.

10 AUG 69

WO1 Larry J. Talley [AC]
WO1 Thomas A. Rosenow [CP]

Quang Nam Province

D/1/1 CAV
#67-15678
A/C was part of a pink team that had sighted a large group of NVA in the open, and were making gun runs on the target. The A/C was observed to pull out late and "mush" into the ground in a near level attitude.

04 AUG 69

CW2 James H. Owens Jr [P]
1 other killed

Pleiku Province

D/1/10 CAV
#66-15272
A/C shot down and crashed during training flight.

21 JUL 69

PFC Edward S. Hamilton [CE]

Binh Duong Province

A/1/9 CAV
#67-15824
As A/C was started, external power receptacle light came on. CE went around A/C and was struck in the head by the T/R causing death.

21 JUL 69

CW2 George A. Grinnell [P]
WO1 Robert D. Staggs [P]

Hau Nghia Province

B/25 AVN
#67-15539
A/C was observed to strike the UH-1D C&C ship in its right aft section while it was flying level at approx 1200'. M/R head of AH-1G separated at the mast and the acft was observed to fall to the ground and burst in flames. C&C ship autorotated to a hard landing with all aboard sustaining non-fatal injuries.

10 JUL 69

CW2 William B. Christenson [P]
1LT John R. Frye [OB]

Thua Thein Province

C/2/17 CAV
#67-15707
Unauthorized flight from LZ Sally doing acrobatics and simulated gun runs with unqualified observer. Rotor separation, crash and burn.

10 JUL 69

1LT Thomas A. Ceres [AC]
1LT Robin K. Wetzler [CP]

Binh Long Province

11 ACR
#67-15638
After several attempts to land at night in poor visibility, crashed nose down in rubber trees near runway.

25 JUN 69

1LT William M. Elbracht [AC]
WO1 Roy K. Williams Jr [CP]

Kien Hoa Province

D/3/5 CAV
#67-15561
M/R stopped turning in flight.

16 JUN 69

WO1 Mark D. Clotfelter [AC]
WO1 Michael A. Mahowald [CP]

Kontum Province

361 AVN
#67-15763
Hit by small arms fire and crashed on a bunker killing 2 NVA on road clearing patrol.

13 JUN 69

CPT Adrian J. Johnson Jr [P]
1 injured

Quang Tin Province

A/4/77 ARA
#67-15826
A/C lost its T/R at altitude while returning from an ARA fire mission West of Tam Ky.

01 JUN 69

1LT Carl T. Cahill [P]
CP injured

Tay Ninh Province

A/2/20 ARA
#67-15859
Killed by .50 cal round in head on combat mission.

29 MAY 69

WO1 John A. Dixon [P]
CW2 Charles C. Pfordt Jr [P]

Thua Thien Province

D/158 AVN
#68-15033
A/C went IFR and crashed into mountain near A Shau Valley.

22 MAY 69

MAJ Robert W. Arnold [P]
CPT Johnny L. Bryant [P]

Long Khanh Province

334 AHC
#67-15673
Shot down by .50 cal during night mission in Bay of Reeds near Parrots Beak.

18 MAY 69

CPT Leo J. Huber III [P]
AC injured

Quang Tin Province

D/1/1 CAV
#67-15686
Pilot killed when the front cockpit of the Cobra was hit with several .51 cal rounds.

18 MAY 69

CW2 Gregory G. Beck [PI]
SP5 James T. Cofer [CE]

Pleiku Province

B/4 AVN
#67-15778
WX turned bad crashed into Dragon Mountain while approaching Runway 09 IFR at Camp Enari.

15 MAY 69

WO1 William C. Donics [P]
1LT Albert L. Koon [P]

Tay Ninh Province

A/1/9 CAV
#67-15814
Night fire fight with .50 cal at Tay Ninh, T/R failure causing M/R mast separation. A/C impacted ground nose first and exploded on impact.

11 MAY 69

WO1 John M. Rucker [P]
1 injured

Thua Thien Province

D/101 AVN
#67-15802
A/C crashed on an escort mission. The engine failed and the A/C entered autorotation. While in an autorotative dive turn to the left, the pilot noticed that the RPM needle was directly downward. Pilot pulled pitch to put the RPM in the high green. A/C descended vertically from 15' and contacted the hillside very hard with the left skid, on a westerly heading. A/C then flipped over to the right and came to rest inverted in water with the right side of the A/C against the bank. A/C was 3/4 submerged with the canopy completely submerged.

01 MAY 69

1LT Kenneth E. Ross [P]
AC injured

Dinh Tuong Province

B/3/17 CAV
#67-15558
A/C was part of hunter killer team taking off from Dong Tam airfield. After climbing out to about 300' altitude, the A/C turned left on a northerly heading. After turning left, A/C descended to about 75-100', leveled out, then went into a gentle left turn descending into the trees, cutting a path about 100m, engine and portion of fuselage caught fire and then exploded.

28 APR 69

WO1 Bert M. Jenkins [P]
1 injured

Binh Long Province

B/1 AVN
#67-15835
A/C was on convoy ambush support between An Loc and Lai Khe. Pilot hit in head by ground fire.

16 APR 69

WO1 Robert W. Satterfield [AC]
1LT Peter C. Little [P]

Tay Ninh Province

C/3/17 CAV
#67-15864
A/C was part of a hunter-killer team with an OH-6A that left Tay Ninh west heliport at 1500 hours. They proceeded to AO and conducted a visual recon for approx 30 minutes. An OV-10A in the AO leveled off at 1500' when they spotted the AH-1G approaching head-on approx 150m away. OV-10A made abrupt full left movement to avoid collision but AH-1G impacted the right wing and outboard engine, causing AH-1G to explode or disintegrate. OV-10A crew ejected safely.

13 APR 69

CW2 Keith D. Allen Jr [AC]
WO1 Wilfred F. Schmidt Jr [CP]

Kien Giang Province

A/7/1 CAV
#66-15308
A/C left Chi Lang after refuel and flew approx 45 mi WSW. They were flying at approx 200' altitude and 110-115 knots enroute to the AO to relieve another weapons team when M/R separated from A/C. The upper part of xmsn came off and A/C struck ground in a slightly nose low attitude and exploded on impact. M/R head and blades were on ground approx 50' to the left and rear point where acft impacted.

13 APR 69

CW3 William C. Pierson III [P]
CPT Alvie J. Ledford Jr [P]

Quang Nam Province

D/1/1 CAV
#67-15677
A/C was making an attack run on an enemy gun position and while at an altitude of 500' and 45-deg dive they received hostile ground fire and crashed.

30 MAR 69

CW2 Glenn L. Fetterman [AC]

Phong Dinh Province

235 AWC
#67-15504
Shot in head and slumped over back seat controls.

27 MAR 69

WO1 Samuel A. Roberson [P]
WO1 Jerry Baxter [CP]

Tay Ninh Province

A/1/9 CAV
#67-15559
A/C shot down, crashed and burned.

18 MAR 69

WO1 Willard S. Lund [AC]
1LT Hardy E. Calloway [CP]

Long An Province

B/3/17 CAV
#67-15580
Rotor separation due to hostile fire, crash and burned.

15 MAR 69

WO1 Michael L. Stacy [P]
P injured

Long An Province

B/9 AVN
#67-15792
A/C was taking off from Tan An airfield when RPM began to bleed off and yaw to right. A/C could not autorotate due to them being over a minefield. The A/C fell to the ground moving left and M/R blades flexed down contacting the cockpit and acft rolled over on its left side and M/R mast and yoke assy were sheared off.

14 MAR 69

CW2 Phillip R. Pannell [P]
WO1 David F. Popp [P]

Tay Ninh Province

B/1/9 CAV
#66-15301
A/C ran out of fuel and crashed.

06 MAR 69

MAJ John T. McDonnell [AC]
P injured

Thua Thien Province

A/4/77 ARA
#67-15845
A/C was flight lead of two acft on a combat mission. During a fire pass, A/C received enemy ground fire and crashed into a mountain side.

19 FEB 69

WO1 Larry A. Bodell [CP]

An Xugen Province

235 AWC
#66-15331
Small arms fire near Rach Gia in IV Corp.

26 JAN 69

CPT Gary D. Humphries [P]

Tay Ninh Province

D/229 AHB
Large rocket shrapnel entered rib cage at Dau Tieng.

15 JAN 69

1LT Sterling E. Cox [P]
WO1 James B. Petteys [P]

Pleiku Province

C/7/17 CAV
#67-15651
Exploded in the air after hitting trees on a low level gun run while on a VR north of Plei Djereng.

13 JAN 69

CW2 Gary R. Weatherhead [P]

Phong Dinh Province

1/9 CAV
Killed while running from the alert shack to his helicopter when Can Tho was overrun.

06 JAN 69

WO1 Walter N. Koslosky [AC]
1LT Daniel B. Cheney [CP]

Hau Nghia Province

A/3/17 CAV
#67-15582
A/C shot down, crashed and burned.

19 DEC 68

CW2 Ben H. Ide [AC]
P injured

Vietnam

361 AVN
#67-15605
A/C shot down by 12.7, 37mm, small arms on FOB mission in Laos about 20 klicks over border.

12 OCT 68

CW2 Wayne M. Bell [AC]
WO1 James R. Carroll [P]

Quang Tri Province

D/229 AHB
#66-15349
A/C shot down, crashed and burned.

12 SEP 68

1LT William H. Hanson [P]
MAJ Richard D. LeMay Jr [P]

Binh Long Province

D/1/4 CAV
#67-15517
A/C shot down 2 mi E of Loc Ninh by .51 cal, crashed in rubber plantation.

21 AUG 68

WO1 Douglas W. Collins [P]
SP6 Dick D. Hamilton [C]

Phuoc Tuy Province

ACT/11 ACR
#67-15596
A/C crashed and was located in the jungle SE of Long Giao 4 months later.

02 JUN 68

1LT Robert L. Jones [P]
CE injured

Quang Tri Province

D/229 AHB
#67-15453
During recon, the pilot decided to do a practice landing. During the approach the A/C made a shallow diving left turn and struck the ground.

12 MAY 68

CW2 Robert W. Gotthardt [P]
1LT Steven G. Abbott [P]

Quang Tri Province

D/229 AHB
#66-15334
A/C shot down and crashed.

05 MAY 68

1LT William A. Rees [AC]
CPT Michael Momcilovich Jr [P]

Quang Tri Province

A/1/9 CAV
#67-15500
A/C hit by hostile fire, caught fire and crashed south of Sharon a few miles inland from coast.

03 MAY 68

WO1 Arthur F. Chaney [P]
CW2 Bobby L. Mc Kain [P]

Quang Tri Province

A/1/9 CAV
#66-15332
A/C was on an armed escort mission for a recon team operating W of Khe Sanh. At about 1405 hours, while making a pass on an enemy gun position, they were hit by 37mm AA fire from the gun emplacement and the A/C exploded in mid-air. They were about 1500' AGL when the explosion occurred, separating the tailboom and one M/R blade from the A/C. A/C spun to the ground on fire and impacted, and seconds later, the ammunition onboard detonated.

08 MAR 68

WO1 Russell L. Wallace [P]
1LT Gary N. Shy [P]

Quang Tri Province

D/229 AHB
#66-15347
No details.

31 JAN 68

WO1 Roger S. Cameron [CP]

Dinh Tuong Province

334 AHC
#66-15301
In front seat shot in the head with 50 cal.

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