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UH-1 Vietnam Losses }->

1972-1973 ~ 1971 ~ 1970 ~ 1969 ~ 1968 ~ 1967 ~ 1966 ~ 1963-1965

Date

Name(s)

Location

Insignia

Notes

29 DEC 68

CW2 Henry J. Tews [P]

Quang Ngai Province

174 AHC
#66-16811
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
MO on one-time flight of a UH-1D that made a PL west of Ba To at the SF camp at Gia Vuc. Unnoticed bullet hole to transmission, A/C crashed due to transmission seizure on the way back to Duc Pho.

28 DEC 68

MAJ William E. McDonald [AC]
WO1 Donald J. Shang [CP]
SFC James G. Wright [CE]
SSG William E. McGuire
WO1 Richard C. Pugh
7 injured

Darlac Province

10 CAB
#64-13668
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
A/C took-off on admin flight from Ban Me Thout City Field, the A/C proceeded in a NE direction over a rubber tree plantation traveling approx 1 km from takeoff when it crashed.

28 DEC 68

WO1 Gerald D. Markland [P]
SP4 Stephen C. Ponty Jr [G]

Binh Duong Province

187 AHC
UH-1C smoke ship shot down near Dau Tang Michelon Plantation.

24 DEC 68

CW2 James D. Ozbun [AC]
WO1 Roger A. Ross [CP]
SP4 Lee M. Brooks [CE]
SP4 Kenneth R. Devore [C]

Tuyen Duc Province

92 AHC
#67-17460
A/C was supporting ARVNs south of Dalat and was downed by enemy ground fire near Lien Khang airfield.

18 DEC 68

SP4 Richard Olson [G]
4 injured

Binh Duong Province

173 AVN
#66-16496
A/C was attempting return to Lai Khe after having low engine RPM and successful autorotation to ground. A/C then regained RPM and AC picked the A/C up to hover in green conditions. At approx 200-300', engine lost power and autorotation was initiated. M/R made contact with trees, causing A/C to hit on the left side and roll over 2-3 times.

15 DEC 68

SP4 Teddy R. Sininger [CE]
SP5 Charles E. Gay [MD]
2 injured

Binh Dinh Province

498 MED
#66-17012 "DUSTOFF 62"
During medevac mission pilot experienced vertigo and crashed A/C.

12 DEC 68

WO1 Davey M. Adams [AC]
WO1 Michael T. Murphy [CP]
CE injured

Hau Nghia Province

120 CAC
#63-08630
Shot down while flying single ship gunship operation. Killed after landing by ground fire.

04 DEC 68

1LT Stephen Babuljak [AC]
CPL James Jones [G]
2 others killed
CP & CE injured

Binh Long Province

B/229 AVN
#67-17746
Shot down while at hover kicking out ammo over jungle for unit under heavy fire.

01 DEC 68

SP4 Frederick L. Gruber [CE]
SP4 Larry E. Ricks [G]
P & CP injured

Tay Ninh Province

116 AVN
#66-00724
A/C was flying wingman in a light fire team and was flying at 200' and 70 KIAS when 2 or 3 loud cracking sounds were heard. Ground witnesses observed T/R blades being thrown, A/C turned 45-deg. to right and assumed excessive nose-low attitude. Pilot attempted to reach a clearing when contact with ground in a tail low attitude, causing T/B to break off approx 4' before final impact in a rice paddy. Post fire crash resulted 4 minutes after impact.

27 NOV 68

WO1 Allen E. Duneman [AC]
1LT August K. Ritzau [CP]
SP4 Fredrick H. Frazer [CE]
SP5 David D. Creel [G]
SGT Jerome D. Chandler

Tay Ninh Province

187 AHC
#65-09620
While flying flare ship, a flare ignited onboard and burned through controls.

27 NOV 68

WO1 Nicholas R. Alexander [AC]
WO1 Leslie H. Larocque [CP]
SP5 William J. Simpson [CE]
G injured (POW)

Tay Ninh Province

118 AHC
#66-15015
Shot down during gun run on village near Cambodian border covering an ARVN unit.

27 NOV 68

WO1 John W. Brinkmeyer [AC]
LTC Roger J. Bartholomew [CP]
SP5 Loren D. Martinsen [CE]
SP4 Ernest L. Barber [G]
COL Edward B. Vogel

Thua Thien Province

HHB/4/77 ARA
#66-00611
A/C shot down during an ARA mission near FB Tomahawk by extremely heavy small arms fire during attack on enemy position N. of Da Nang.

27 NOV 68

SP4 James G. Brady [CE]
3 crewmembers injured

Tay Ninh Province

187 AHC
#67-17784
During approach to LZ as trail ship of flight of nine, A/C was hit by RPG in cabin area causing acft to crash.

26 NOV 68

1LT Stephen C. Beals [P]
CW2 James D. Doran [P]
SP4 John S. Alling Jr [CE]
SP5 Johnny G. Gregg [MD]
CPL Robert E. Jones [MD]
PFC Roger D. Algire
SP4 William M. Ebel
PFC Bobby J. Perkins
SP4 Pietro Piconi
SP4 Curtis H. Rainer
SP4 Patrick E. Smith Jr

Tay Ninh Province

15 MED
#?
On MEDEVAC mission NW of Quan Loi, A/C took .50 cal fire on climb out with 7 wounded on board.

25 NOV 68

SP4 Paul E. Bonnette [G]
3 injured

Bien Hoa Province

128 AHC
#62-01874
Died from burns received when A/C was hit by hostile ground fire, crashed and burned.

23 NOV 68

WO Paul R. Lo Forti [P]
SP5 Donald F. Cornell [OB]

Quang Tin Province

71 AHC
#66-15142
A/C was undergoing a series of test flights due to M/R maintenance. On the fourth test flight, A/C lifted off Chu Lai's Runway 32 heading NW and climbed to 150' and made a right turn to crosswind, followed by a further descending right turn to downwind leg. The A/C did not recover from the descending turn and impacted the water offshore.

21 NOV 68

WO1 Martin G. Given [AC]
WO1 Robert L. Storey [CP]
SP5 Billie J. Ontis [CE]
SP4 Eddy G. Sumpter [G]
SP4 Warren G. Haugen Jr
SGT Charles F. Rein

Kontum Province

119 AHC
#66-16297 "GATOR 297"
A/C shot down and crashed on Sniffer mission in Plei Trap Valley.

20 NOV 68

SP4 Charles W. Han [CE]

Tay Ninh Province

C/229 AHB
#66-16716
No details.

19 NOV 68

SP4 Ted L. Sharp [CE]
SSG Calvin Fielder [G]
CPT Peter B. Livingston
3 injured

Gia Dinh Province

173 AHC
#66-16195
A/C experienced T/R failure and pilot attempted to land. A/C began spinning, crashed and exploded seconds after impact.

19 NOV 68

SP5 Wayne A. Tice [CE]

Quang Ngai Province

174 AHC
"DOLPHIN 428"
A/C was reconning an area where a USMC F-4 had been shot down and pilots missing. A/C came under heavy enemy fire taking more than 15 hits and mortally wounding CE.

17 NOV 68

PFC William C. Wymer Jr [CE]
SP4 Richard T. Havel
SP4 Roy E. May
PFC Gerald F. Rock

Binh Dinh Province

61 AHC
#67-17402
LRRP insertion into a booby trapped LZ, A/C burned.

13 NOV 68

WO1 Loren E. Engstrom [AC]
SP5 Arthur E. Keesee [CE]
2 injured

Binh Dinh Province

170 AHC
#66-15163
Complete T/R failure caused by a .50 cal that sheared off T/R shaft during a rocket run.

12 NOV 68

WO1 James E. Cummings Jr [P]
WO1 Wilbur L. Mong [P]
SGT Charles R. McCurtain Jr [CE]
SGT Dale K. Larson [G]

Binh Duong Province

C/227 AVN
#66-16983
M/R struck the M/R of the #2 A/C in formation. A/C began to vibrate violently causing tailboom separation, fell to the ground inverted and exploded. #2 A/C-minor injuries only.

03 NOV 68

SGT David A. Wencl [MD]

Kien Giang Province

82 MED DET
Killed by small arms fire.

31 OCT 68

1LT Milton D. Pate [AC]
1LT Ronald A. Wolter [CP]
SP4 Lawrence G. Bourne [CE]
SP5 James M. Gheer [G]
PFC Charles R. Lemus Jr
SP4 Tomas R. Mesa

Long An Province

A/3/17 CAV
#66-16033
A/C was on a Firefly mission when a flare ignited inside A/C at 1500' and exploded.

31 OCT 68

CW2 Steven I. Cavin [AC]
WO1 Paul R. Driscoll [CP]
SP4 Donald H. Bartlett [CE]
SP4 Joseph M. Bowman [G]
SP4 Patrick B. Epps
1LT Philip J. Battaglia Jr
1LT Alfred R. Mahoney Jr
1LT Larry K. Hendee
SFC Faris E. Holland
1LT Donald F. Fletcher

Khanh Hoa Province

A/54 SIG BN
#66-16524 SUPERCOACH 524
A/C departed LZ Nha Trang West with courier and pay officers on board with the mission to deliver courier traffic and pay members of the unit at outlaying sights. A/C lost T/R and 90 degree gear box, and just prior to final impact the M/R sheared from the mast just below the head and then the M/R struck and sheared the tailboom just aft of the cabin section, crashed and burned.

27 OCT 68

WO1 Dennis C. Ackerman [AC]
WO1 Edward P. Mullins [CP]
SP4 Noble T. Head [CE]
PFC Richard L. Bray III [G]

Tuyen Duc Province

92 AHC
#66-16504
A/C accident in marginal weather enroute to medevac a sick man.

24 OCT 68

WO1 Richard S. Riley Jr [P]
SP4 David L. Sparks [G]
SGT Robert T. Dunn
3 injured

Thua Thien Province

C/101 AVN
#66-16121
A/C shot down on short final to a ridgeline between Phu Bai and Da Nang during ammo resupply.

24 OCT 68

SP4 David L. Evans [G]

Long An Province

117 AHC
Killed by small arms fire.

21 OCT 68

WO1 Richard W. Strong Jr [AC]
1LT Robert R. Wright Jr [CP]
SP5 Paul L. Cosgriff [CE]
SP4 James P. Gulie [G]
PFC Edwin E. Carson
SGT William P. Cohn Jr
PFC Gerard Coyle
SP4 Lester A. Doan
PFC Michael A. Randall Sr
PFC Steven P. Sorick

Tay Ninh Province

B/1 AVN
#66-01090
A/C shot down, crashed and burned.

19 OCT 68

CPT Robert L. Cottman [P]
WO1 Dennis A. Groth [P]
SP5 Stephen J. Saluga III [CE]
SP5 Ronald L. Doolittle [MD]

Phong Dinh Province

82 MED DET
#66-17010 DUSTOFF 87
A/C was departing Binh Thuy AB after dropping off patient at 29 EVAC hospital, continued to turn right and lose altitude until it crashed into the Mekong River vicinity (WS312512). A dull or muffled explosion occurred as A/C struck the water, a ball of fire arose.

18 OCT 68

WO1 Timothy Cole Jr [AC]
WO1 Gary W. Doolittle [P]
SP4 Victor R. Hernandez [CE]
SP4 Robert W. Dieffenbach Jr [G]

Quang Tin Province

54 MED
#66-16760
Shot down, crashed and burned during a medevac mission.

14 OCT 68

1LT Dave W. Brant [P]

Kien Tuong Province

175 AHC
Killed by small arms fire.

06 OCT 68

WO1 James A. Brinkoetter [P]

Thua Thien Province

118 AHC
Pilot was hit with an AK-47 round in back of head.

05 OCT 68

WO1 Ronald J. Redenius [P]
WO1 Edward O. Weiman [P]
SP4 Charles W. Willingham [CE]
SP4 Raymond L. Hopkins [G]

Binh Duong Province

128 AHC
#66-01098
A/C was flying chalk 5 in a flight of 5 lift ships with a 2nd flight of five 30-60 seconds to the rear. The flights were in a left hand holding pattern at approx 1,200' MSL awaiting instructions to proceed to a PZ. A/C was seen to execute a flare, yawed to the right, then began a descending left spin, making almost 4-360 degree turns prior to impact.

05 OCT 68

WO1 Morris J. Ross [P]
3 injured

Kien Phong Province

191 AHC
#65-12893
A/C was performing a combat assault and was enroute to the LZ. #893 received instructions to break formation after troops insertion to pick up 3 medevacs who were in a location 1000m SE of the LZ. A/C was hovering toward medevacs location and approx 100m from them began to slow down, executed an extreme nose high flare causing T/R to hit rice paddy, lost directional control, turned 180 deg. M/R struck paddy causing xmsn, mast and rotor system to go through portions of forward cabin where pilot sat.

04 OCT 68

SGT James M. Lawing [OB]
5 injured

Quang Tin Province

176 AHC
#67-17565
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
A/C approach was too fast, causing M/R to strike the ground. A/C rolled inverted.

03 OCT 68

WO1 Martin E. Bixler [P]
SP4 Roger L. Smith [CE]
SP5 Michael L. McCafferty [G]
CPT James E. Mann

Tay Ninh Province

117 AHC
#67-17595
Shot down in Stove Pipe LZ. Pilot and gunner were captured and killed.

03 OCT 68

PFC Calvin E. McGilton [CE]

Quang Tin Province

498 MED
No details.

02 OCT 68

1LT Fred Z. Washburn [AC]
WO1 John C. Sherin III [CP]
SP4 Donald L. Wester [CE]
SP4 Allan R. Walsh [G]
SP4 Charles R. Smidstra

Quang Tin Province

71 AHC
#66-16830
A/C shot down by enemy fire 8km NE of the northern port city of Chu Lai.

01 OCT 68

WO1 Reinis Fox [P]
SP4 Richard W. Sanders [MD]

Quang Tin Province

54 MED DET
#66-17029
A/C was on medevac picking up 9 casualties. Once airborne A/C continued to receive hostile fire and sustained several hits, putting it into a tailspin and causing it to crash land. Upon impact, the A/C burst into flames. *Fox died of injuries 6 days later.

01 OCT 68

SP4 Kenneth M. Plavcan [G]

Binh Duong Province

116 AHC
#66-15005
Killed by direct enemy fire. A/C had 18 holes in fuselage.

30 SEP 68

1LT Ronald W. Lazicki [P]
WO1 Franklin L. McPhail [P]
CE injured

Quang Tri Province

2/20 ARA
#62-02009
A/C departed Camp Evans POL to conduct a mortar patrol mission in the vicinity of LZ Nancy. After take off, at 500' altitude the A/C went IFR in clouds and rain. Soon thereafter the pilot lost control of A/C and observed its entry into a steep dive. A/C recovered from dive with G-forces sufficient to cause at least the CE to black out. Shortly after leveling off from the dive, the A/C struck a steep hillside deep in a river canyon.

30 SEP 68

SP4 Glenn R. Lawfield [G]

Vinh Long Province

191 AHC
No details.

29 SEP 68

WO1 Jerry L. Harris [AC]
WO1 William P. Rollins [CP]
SP5 Blaine J. Shepherd [CE]
SP4 John J. Matuska [G]

Long Khanh Province

ACT/11 ACR
#66-00523
A/C was performing aerial recon for a ground armored unit when it was struck repeatedly by SA ground fire and crashed.

27 SEP 68

CW2 William A. Smith Jr [AC]
1LT Quentin F. Hurst [CP]
CPL Jeffery C. Niles [CE]
SGT Kevin L. Greene [G]

Kien Hoa Province

A/9 AVN
#67-17164
A/C was on a C&C mission in the vicinity of My Tho. During the mission, the A/C was hit by enemy ground fire, burst into flames and exploded on contact with the My Tho River.

27 SEP 68

SP4 Ronald L. Granville [CE]
2 injured

Binh Dinh Province

498 MED
#66-16062
No details.

25 SEP 68

PFC Dennis K. Blain [G]

Thua Thien Province

A/101 AVN
Killed during a combat assault mission with C Co.

24 SEP 68

MAJ Paul J. Silberberger [P]

Binh Dinh Province

D/2/1 CAV
Killed by small arms fire near Phu Cat.

23 SEP 68

WO1 Gerald A. Cahela [P]
PFC John M. White [CE]
SP5 Jack Sizemore Sr [C]
3 injured

Pleiku Province

604 TC
#66-16531
A/C crashed near Pleiku while test flighting a DUSTOFF ship that was being repaired.

23 SEP 68

WO1 Peter T. Miller [CP]

Phong Dinh Province

336 AHC
CP struck by enemy fire in the right upper torso 17" above his chest protector during routine LZ clearing mission.

23 SEP 68

SP4 George E. Kottyan [G]
2 injured

Binh Dinh Province

335 TC
#63-08735
A/C shot down 14 km south of Ha Thanh airfield. G died 01NOV 68 from injuries.

21 SEP 68

1LT Douglas J. Cavin [P]

Bien Hoa Province

B/9 AVN
While hovering, trailing aircraft rockets were set off by lighting causing rocket to go through pilot's seat.

21 SEP 68

SGT Leveret R. Prosky [CE]
4 injured

Pleiku Province

189 AHC
#67-17370
A/C was hit by an RPG while extracting combat troops at Plei Mrong LZ, caught fire and burned.

20 SEP 68

WO1 Derrell W. Clemmer [AC]

Long An Province

116 AHC
Killed by small arms fire.

20 SEP 68

PFC John C. Harper [G]

Chau Doc Province

175 AHC
No details.

16 SEP 68

WO1 Norman W. Partridge [P]
PFC Samuel R. Summerfield [CE]
SP4 Brady W. Herring [G]
AC injured

Binh Duong Province

68 AHC
#65-09841
A/C was conducting a CA for an ARVN unit near Cambodian border near Tay Ninh at a single ship LZ. After A/C dropped off their troops and lifted off, fuel was seen streaming from the bottom of acft. A/C hit trees and exploded.

15 SEP 68

WO1 William M. Miller [AC]

Hau Nghia Province

135 AHC
#66-16289
A/C was at Duc Hoa on an ash and trash mission. VC fired small arms at the ship hitting pilot in the head.

14 SEP 68

CPT Cary F. McAfee [P]

Binh Long Province

D/1/4 CAV
Hit by .51 cal lifting aerorifle platoon into div CG crash site.

13 SEP 68

CW2 William Manzanares Jr [P]
CPT Gerald W. Plunkett [P]
SP5 Jose D. Gutierrez-Velazquez [CE]
SP4 Raymond E. Lanter [G]
MG Keith L. Ware
SGM Joseph A. Venable
LTC Henry M. Oliver
1LT Steven L. Beck

Binh Long Province

B/1 AVN
#67-17552
A/C hit by .51 cal while checking report of downed A/C.

13 SEP 68

SP5 Charles L. Lumm [MD]

Binh Dinh Province

498 MED
No details.

13 SEP 68

SP4 Jon C. Jones [G]

Quang Tin Province

282 AHC
No details.

12 SEP 68

1LT John A. Dickinson [P]

Quang Duc Province

A/4 AVN BN
Shot with .50 cal on way to Duc Lap from Ban Me Thout.

10 SEP 68

WO1 Michael J.D. Pelch [P]

Phong Dinh Province

114 AHC
Died as a result of injuries from wounds received while flying acft.

10 SEP 68

WO1 Ronald R. Blohm [AC]

Quang Ngai Province

176 AVN
Killed by small arms fire during CA in vicinity BS350673.

08 SEP 68

WO1 Redlick S. Koppel [AC]
WO1 William P. Harwood [CP]
MSG Thomas W. Barnard
COL Rex R. Sage
2 PAXs killed
2 injured

Quang Duc Province

155 AHC
#67-17149
VIP flight from Ban Me Thout to Duc Lap, at 2,000' AGL a loss of power occurred, autorotated to treetop, A/C then fell to ground and caught fire.

05 SEP 68

CPT Alexander Johnson Jr [P]
SP4 Terry C. Welty [CE]

Long An Province

117 AHC
#65-09511
Crashed in the rain at night between Saigon and Can Giouc. PI and CE were killed by flames after the rocket pods exploded. [Wingman account] A/C had an engine failure, evidenced by flames coming out of the tail pipe. The A/C landed hard, bounced and rolled over on its right side pinning pilot and started burning.

04 SEP 68

WO1 James G. Zeimet [P]

Kontum Province

283 MED DET
#66-16947 "DUSTOFF 39"
A/C shot down around Dak To. Killed by small arms fire after escaping from the A/C.

03 SEP 68

CPT David C. Burch [AC]
WO1 Ronald M. Cederlund [CP]
SGT Paul R. Frazier [G]
CE injured

Quang Nam Province

191 AHC
#66-00613
A/C was being used to suppress known enemy positions when it came under intensive enemy fire, crashed and exploded.

28 AUG 68

PFC Jimmy L. Harris [CE]

Binh Duong Province

D/1/4 CAV
No details.

26 AUG 68

1LT Fred O. Pratt [P]

Quang Duc Province

155 AHC
#66-15232
Small arms fire during gun run near Duc Lap.

22 AUG 68

CPT Verlyn G. Meyer [AC]
WO1 James K. McAleer III [CP]
SP5 David L. Ferry [CE]
SP4 Patrick E. Ward [G]

Lam Dong Province

92 AHC
#66-15119
Hostile fire while in support of Task Force South in Bao Lac.

21 AUG 68

WO1 Hershel J. Bullock Sr [P]
LT Anthony A. Casadio [P] (AUS)
PO O'Brien C. Phillips [P] (AUS)
SP4 William E. Fennell [CE]

Phuoc Tuy Province

135 AHC
#66-15125
Shot down by RPG.

20 AUG 68

WO1 Micheal R. Harlamert [P]

Hau Nghia Province

117 AHC
Killed by a sniper while piloting A/C on a combat assault in the pineapple regions west of Saigon supporting the 199 LIB.

19 AUG 68

SGT Bruce C. Brogoitti [CE]
SGT Donald D. Hawkins [G]
SFC Ralph W. Milbourne
SSG Victor D. Trujillo

Dinh Tuong Province

D/3/5 CAV
#66-00937
A/C crashed due to tail rotor failure while on a Sniffer mission.

18 AUG 68

WO1 James D. Eisenhour [AC]
WO1 Alvis R. Faverty Jr [AC]
SP4 Martin J. Begosh [CE]

Hau Nghia Province

240 AHC
A/C extracted the F/51st Inf LRRPs and the radios were shot out. After pulling the team out, the C&C saw someone on the ground with a full NVA field pack and thought this was another American still on the ground. A/C volunteered to pull this person out. A/C was shot up and flew to an abandoned strip.

15 AUG 68

WO1 Byron C. Tucker [AC]
CW2 Roland L. Florio [CP]
SP4 James K. Knutson [CE]
CPL Oscar K. Higginbotham Jr [G]

Bien Hoa Province

A/9 AVN
#66-00779
A/C struck a non-electrical support cable of the power lines that cross Hwy 1 (YT 155113). After striking the cable, the A/C crashed and burned. The main portion of the wreckage was located 132m from the point of the wire strike while searching for a downed Dustoff helicopter.

12 AUG 68

CPT Arnold W. Luke [AC]
WO1 Terry R. Jens Jr [CP]
SP5 Gerald A. Wilson [CE]
SP4 Arturo D. Montion [G]
SGT Thaddeus Durrett
SP4 Bobby Freeman
SFC Merlin H. Bergan
SSG Lonnie J. Tullier
SGT Thomas E. Mortice III
1 other killed

Long An Province

191 AHC
#66-00820
Approx 10 minutes out of Dong Tam, White 5 was observed to descend in a relatively level attitude with the M/R turning very slowly. A/C struck the ground in a slightly nose low attitude in a rice paddy with apparently very little forward motion. AC and P were pinned in the wreckage by the instrument panel and passenger compartment was on fire.

08 AUG 68

CPT Gary L. Higbee [P]
WO1 Richard A. Ovaitt [P]
SP5 Charles D. Bartlett [CE]
SP4 Dickie L. Leach [G]

Thua Thien Province

D/101 AWC
#66-15227
Gunship hit by RPG on combat assault in A Shau Valley.

04 AUG 68

SP4 Harry Kim [CE]
3 injured

Thua Thien Province

 

C/101 AVN
#66-00680
A/C was shot down in the A Shau Valley and burned.

02 AUG 68

WO1 James W. Arvidson [AC]
SP5 Richard I. Bornheimer [CE]
3 injured

Thua Thien Province

B/1/9 CAV
#66-15055
A/C was shot down in the A Shau Valley and burned. Three injured crewmen were picked up.

01 AUG 68

WO1 William Fernan [AC]
CPT Peter J. Russell [CP]
SSG Steven M. Hastings [CE]
SP6 Donald R. Fowler [G]

Phuoc Long Province

240 AHC
#66-15154
Due to inclement weather and poor visibility, the CA mission was aborted. During the return flight, the two acft became separated while attempting to return to the Song Be airstrip. Radio contact was lost with A/C after the last contact at 2025 hours on August 1. At that time, the AC indicated that he was diverting to Binh Hoa airbase. When A/C failed to arrive at either base, search efforts were begun, and continued for 3 days. On August 6, wreckage of the A/C was discovered.

27 JUL 68

WO1 Marcus R. Asplund* [AC]
WO1 Michael R. Wilson* [CP]
PFC James H. Young [CE]
SP4 John W. Acosta [G]

Phuoc Long Province

118 AHC
#65-09564
A/C was providing close air support to a ground unit when they were hit by enemy gun fire, caught fire, and crashed.
*Asplund died 17 days later and Wilson died on 15AUG68 from injuries sustained.

23 JUL 68

WO1 Roy N. Uebler Jr [P]

Kien Hoa Province

114 AHC
A/C was on a combat mission when it was shot down by enemy fire.

23 JUL 68

CW2 James S. Mitchell [AC]
3 crewmembers injured

Long Khanh Province

334 AHC
#66-15500
A/C was returning from a Firefly mission. A/C was trail of two Hueys. Lead ship went IFR for about 30 seconds then turned north into VFR until he could see the lights of Long Binh. Trail ship was at 1500' and enroute to Long Binh and went IFR. Pilot initiated a letdown on a heading of 270 degrees. As letdown was accomplished the A/C struck trees and crashed (XT 340160).

23 JUL 68

SGT Charles T. Hesse [CE]
1 injured

Quang Tri Province

D/227 AWC
#65-09449
A/C departed on its first combat mission at 0630, logging approx 3 hrs flying time. Upon return from the last mission, approx 1050 hours, the A/C went into the POL at Camp Evans. After refueling, the AC took off and experienced a power loss after reaching 50 knots. AC closed throttle and sat up an autorotation, touched down between the perimeter wire with considerable forward speed. The wire stretched and then flipped the helicopter onto its left side causing major damage. CE sustained fatal head injuries during the crash.

23 JUL 68

CW2 James D. Smith [P]
SP4 Bruce R. Wenban [CE]

Long An Province

A/3/17 CAV
#66-16060
A/C landed under heavy fire to assist downed Loach crew. P was killed by enemy fire near the Loach, CE was killed by enemy fire on the Huey.

21 JUL 68

WO1 Ralph J. Willard [AC]
WO1 Charles L. Callahan III [CP]
SSG Robert D. Stone [CE]
SP5 Robert W. Parent [G]

Thua Thien Province

C/227 AHB
#67-17415
During a night mission, A/C was at a LZ west of Camp Evans (YD366217) in a hover while sling loading supplies when its T/R was shot off. The A/C immediately went into uncontrolled flight and crashed.

15 JUL 68

SGT Steven Giacoppo Jr [G]

Vinh Long Province

A/9 AVN
#66-01002
At 2050 hours, crew was informed they were to fly to the USS Benewah to pick up a PAX and return to Bearcat. Visual contact with boat, then a left turn was made to establish a downwind leg. Level off was made at approx 1100' indicated. During some portion of the base leg, altitude of 900' was noted. During final approach A/C passed through several layers of smoke or clouds, within a few seconds A/C hit the water severing a portion of the T/B.

12 JUL 68

WO1 Roy K. Corlew [AC]
WO1 David C. Tomlinson [CP]
SP4 Marion N. Tapp [G]

Quang Tri Province

A/2/20 ARA
#64-14037
Engine failed after night launch from LZ Sharon. Huey hit at high speed, immediately exploded and burned.

11 JUL 68

WO1 Eric R. Koeppen [P]

Binh Thuan Province

B/7/17 CAV
Hit in the back of head by the M/R while walking away from acft over the revetment.

04 JUL 68

WO1 Walter J. O'Neil [P]
WO1 Levi R. Reynolds [P]
SP5 David B. Emond [CE]
SP5 Steven F. Harper [G]

Thua Thien Province

B/101 AVN
#66-15239
A/C was enroute to rendezvous with the Firefly A/C north of LZ Sally. A/C struck the ground in a near level attitude and at a high rate of descent, causing the tailboom to shear. A/C impacted a rice paddy dike, somersaulted to the left over the nose. The red M/R blade struck the ground and failed causing the transmission to shear. A/C continued somersaulting and turned over on the roof, approx 33' from the center of impact. Fire was nearly instantaneous.

03 JUL 68

SP4 Gary D. Holton [CE]
1LT Colin E. Lamb [OB]
SP4 Ronald L. Bellinger [G]
SGT Thomas A. Davino
LTC Frederick F. Van Deusen
SGT Joseph Hodges
SGT Philip L. Whitney

Long An Province

240 AHC
#64-13854
A/C was LTC Van Deusen's C&C aircraft; shot down and crashed in the Vai Co River 18 mi SW of Saigon.

03 JUL 68

WO1 William G. Moncrief [P]

Dinh Tuong Province

121 AHC
#66-16231
Crashed on low level autorotation during in country check ride.

03 JUL 68

CW2 Daniel C. Schuster [AC]

Sa Dec Province

114 AHC
Killed by small arms fire.

02 JUL 68

SP4 Willie B. Catling [G]
3 injured

Kien Tuong Province

121 AHC
#66-16098
A/C lost power on approach at an outpost and crashed into a mine field. SP4 Catling exited the wreckage and stepped on a mine.

25 JUN 68

WO1 Harvey C. Addison [P]
CW2 Thomas J. Smith [P]
SP5 George D. Dell [CE]
SP5 Henry L. Page III [G]
9 PAX killed

Bien Hoa Province

240 AHC BLUE 2
#66-16592
A/C was in 2nd in flight of 10 heading to AO. Weather was marginal in all quadrants and broken over the intended LZ. When flight lead took evasive action to avoid C&C, M/R struck C&C ship causing the M/R and xmsn to separate from acft and crash into a swampy area.

WO1 David R. Hoffman [P]
WO1 Arvi Rohtvali [P]
SP4 Wayne M. Smith [CE]
SP4 Robert Powell [G]
8 PAX killed

240 AHC
#66-16206 BLUE 4
A/C was in 4th in flight of 10 heading to AO. Weather was marginal in all quadrants and broken over the intended LZ. After BLUE 2 hit C&C ship, A/C flew directly into the debris and explosion causing the rotor system and T/B to tear away, crashed and explode on impact with ground.

WO1 Ralph M. Havnaer [AC]
CPT Franklin J. Hiner [CP]
SP5 Joseph G. P. Catoir Jr [CE]
SP4 Charles C. Sales [G]
1 PAX killed

240 AHC
#66-16601
A/C was C&C in flight of 10 heading to AO. Weather was marginal in all quadrants and broken over the intended LZ. C&:C was taking evasive action to avoid BLUE 1 (lead) by pulling up and left. C&C's T/R was hit by M/R of BLUE 2 separating it from the fuselage and exploded shortly after collision.

24 JUN 68

CPT Walter A. Souther III [P]
SP4 Jerald L. Jones [G]
LTC Kenneth W. Hall
MAJ Kent F. Miller
1LT Michael P. Vaughan
4 injured

Long An Province

173 AHC
#67-17207
A/C takeoff reached an altitude of approx 75' then was seen to crash into a river. The impact totally destroyed the A/C. There were high winds from an approaching thunderstorm and the A/C turned down wind.

24 JUN 68

SP5 William E. Bader [G]
COL Richard S. Pohl
SGM L. J. Browning
3 injured

Thua Thien Province

HHC 101 AVN
#66-16477
A/C had just lifted off when it suffered an engine failure at approx 100 ft. The pilot attempted to autorotate to a safe landing but impacted trees, crashed, and burned.

20 JUN 68

WO1 Ross O. Barlow [P]

Binh Duong Province

116 AHC
Killed by single gunshot through the head while extracting B/1/508 101 ABN. Flying chalk 10.

19 JUN 68

CW2 Charles M. Cotton [AC]

Quang Tin Province

71 AHC
A/C was shot down at 1655 hours with the pilot shot in the head and died at 1720 hours. A/C was returned back to Chu Lai. (BT236115)

18 JUN 68

WO1 Mark A. Wenzel [P]
SP5 Thomas J. Brennan [CE]
2 crewmembers injured

Lam Dong Province

192 AHC
#66-16347
During flight, the pilot experienced an engine failure and started an autorotation toward a large clear grassy area. During the autorotation, the pilot watched the RPM to such an extent that he lost sight of the intended LZ. The A/C hit the trees with an excessive rate of forward movement. A fire occurred shortly afterward which also destroyed the A/C.

15 JUN 68

SP4 George S. Hadzega [CE]

Sa Dec Province

121 AHC
No details.

13 JUN 68

WO1 Jerry H. Johnson [AC]
WO1 James D. Carter [CP]
SP4 Gary A. Milton [G]
PFC Allen R. Weamer [G]
LTC Frank A. Barker Jr
CPT Earl R. Michles
1LT Michael L. Phillips

Quang Ngai Province

174 AHC
#66-01016
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
A/C departed Duc Pho to fly C&C mission, landed at LZ Dottie to pick up 3 PAX to conduct a visual recon in vicinity of BS722818. While avoiding machine gun fire on climb out, A/C collided with a USAF FAC O2 airplane at about 1000' AGL.

13 JUN 68

SP4 Gary G. Evans [G]

Thua Thien Province

C/1/9 CAV
A/C crash. No details.

06 JUN 68

SGT Roger D. Weber [CE]
3 injured

Quang Tri Province

D/227 AWC
#66-15178
While on climb out, engine failure occurred. The AC flared to decrease forward airspeed and he tried to reach a favorable touch down area. A/C contacted the ground, stinger first and tore off the left skid, flipped over inverted and burned. Engine failure cause unknown at this time.

05 JUN 68

WO1 Ricardo R. Tejano [AC]
WO1 Norman M. Turone [CP]
SP4 Dennis O. Akers [G]
SP5 Richard L. Vines [G]

Dinh Tuong Province

191 AHC
#65-10019
A/C shot down, crashed and burned.

01 JUN 68

SP4 Michael J. Conrady [MD]

Long An Province

 

Killed by small arms fire while exiting acft on a helicopter combat mission. Conrady was a medic (non-crewmember) assigned to A/2/14 INF.

27 MAY 68

MAJ William J. Ballinger [P]
1LT Guy B. Ephland Jr [P]
SP4 Alan L. Matte [CE]
SGT Kenneth R. Rucker [MD]
CPT Anthony G. Prior

Binh Long Province

45 MED
#66-16433
A/C was on a night hoist extraction of a US Army Green Beret Captain. The A/C was hovering at tree top level, hoisting the patient who was in a Stokes stretcher when it was hit by an RPG.

25 MAY 68

1LT Roger D. Moore [P]

Hau Nghia Province

116 AHC
Ground casualty, killed by 122mm rocket that hit sync elevator of a UH-1D.

25 MAY 68

SP4 John L. Ramsey [CE]

Quang Tin Province

176 AHC
#66-16230 MINUTEMAN 230
A/C shot down by .50 cal fire.

21 MAY 68

SP4 Richard A. Weske [CE]

Long An Province

191 AHC
No details.

19 MAY 68

WO1 Thomas R. Pursel [P]

Thua Thien Province

15 MED
Took one round through the head from sniper at 300 yds.

17 MAY 68

WO1 Robert J. Rosar [AC]
WO1 Francis B. Schmitt [CP]
SP4 William F. Julius III [CE]
SGT Raymond A. Hensley [G]

Kien Tuong Province

175 AHC
#66-16051
A/C shot down, crashed and burned.

16 MAY 68

WO1 Charles C. Van Allen [P]

Long An Province

68 AVN
Shot in the heart during smoke ship mission to cover troop insertion in III Corps.

16 MAY 68

SGT Louis L. Bradley Jr [G]

Quang Tin Province

F/8 CAV
#66-00737
A/C was hit by SA fire, crashed and burned.

12 MAY 68

WO1 Paul J. Hill [P]

Long An Province

68 AVN
A/C crashed during take off - over gross weight.

11 MAY 68

SGT Thomas H. Bergren [G]

Long An Province

116 AHC
No details.

10 MAY 68

WO1 Joseph A. Reichlin Jr [P]

Quang Nam Province

282 AHC
#64-13916
Killed by enemy fire through windshield.

09 MAY 68

WO1 Donald K. McNeil [P]
WO1 Mark D. Young [P]
CE & G injured

Quang Tri Province

A/227 AHB
#66-16784
A/C was on a morning resupply mission south of DMZ, NE of Dong Ha. Flying between tree lines running north to south. Flew over tree line manned by NVA unit. Heavy fire shot off tailboom - A/C hit dike, crashed and burned between NVA and 1 Cav positions.

08 MAY 68

WO1 James L. Dayton [AC]
WO1 George T. Condrey III [CP]
SP4 Daniel E. Jurecko [CE]
SP4 Robert E. Jenne [G]

Quang Nam Province

281 AHC
#64-14172
A/C was completing a turn from the east to the west when it exploded in midair and plunged into the Buong River bank.

06 MAY 68

WO1 Orval W. McLeary [P]

Quang Tri Province

C/229 AHB
Hit in chest by .51 cal round while flying next to the Laos border on a combat assault mission.

05 MAY 68

CW2 David L. Blattel [AC]
1LT Samuel R. Gardner [CP]
PFC Gary M. Meier [CE]
SP4 Gordon L. Terrell [G]

Quang Tin Province

176 AHC
#66-17075
A/C received .50 cal fire which hit fuel cell at 2500' blowing rotor off.

05 MAY 68

CW2 Bobby R. Williams [AC]
WO1 Richard G. Lewis [CP]
SP5 Glenn T. Fey [CE]
PFC Jerome E. Jacobs [G]

Binh Dinh Province

335 AHC
#62-02056
A/C was hit with a B-40 rocket near Bong Song. They were low level in a heavy and were unable to jettison the rocket pods before they hit the ground.

02 MAY 68

WO1 Larry S. McKibben [AC]
SP4 Michael D. Craig [CE]
SP4 Nelson E. Fournier [G]

Bien Hoa Province

240 AHC
#66-00699
A/C was hit by SA fire while waiting for wounded to be loaded on board by SSG Roy Benavides, 5th SFG who won the last Medal of Honor. AC would not leave until all wounded were loaded. A/C flown out by CP (KIA 3 months later in wx related crash).

25 APR 68

1LT Kenneth G. Spencer [AC]
WO1 Ervin J. Hoyt [CP]
SP4 Michael P. Makuck [CE]
SP4 James D. Kendall [G]

Thua Thien Province

HHC/227 AVN
#66-15052
The A/C experienced an engine failure, crashed and burned while attempting an autorotation.

24 APR 68

WO1 Brian H. Philibert [AC]
WO1 Stuart A. Werner [CP]
SP5 Buford G. Johnson [CE]
SP4 Ralph Fredenberg [G]

Thua Thien Province

A/101 AVN
#66-16490
Shot down departing FSB Vehegel by 23mm AA fire.

23 APR 68

CW2 James B. Crockett [P]
SP4 James E. Rainbolt [C]
SP5 Thomas J. Davis
SGT Ronald Oglesby
CIV William V. Maskew
CIV Prigan

Thua Thien Province

HHB DIV ARTY
A/C's lower planetary system failed as the result of failure of 7 or 8 planetary gear bearings. The primary failure was probably the assow/cage or roller failure of one or more planetary gear bearings causing overload of the sungear teeth resulting in main transmission lower planetary gear system failure. A/C crashed and burned.

21 APR 68

LTC Floyd W. Olsen [AC]
CW3 Robert C. Link [CP]
SP6 Frankie B. Johnson Jr [CE]
SP6 Larry C. Jamerson [G]
SFC James E. Creamer Jr
SFC Lyle E. MacKedanz

Thua Thien Province

17 AVN
#66-16209
Shot down by anti-aircraft artillery fire at YD484023 while on a recovery mission to LZ Veghel. Wreckage located on 26MAY68 but recovery effort was unable to be performed due to strong enemy presence.

20 APR 68

WO1 Larry J. Branaugh [P]

Quang Tri Province

B/229 AHB
As P exited A/C shot down in the A Shau, he took off his chicken plate and was hit by .50 cal in chest.

19 APR 68

1LT Dennis E. Painter [AC]
WO1 Willis W. Smith Jr [CP]
SP5 Janis Miculs [CE]
SP4 Frank L. Freedle [G]
9 PAXs killed

Phu Bon Province

155 AHC
#67-17255
Mid-air with #66-16441. A/C departed the airfield with ARVN troops to conduct a combat assault.

WO1 Herbert R. Hayashida [AC]
WO1 Paul N. Larson [AC]
SP4 John R. Brooks [CE]
SP4 Oren B. McCarroll [G]

155 AHC
#66-16441
Mid-air with #67-17255.

19 APR 68

WO1 Charles J. Harrington [AC]
1LT David J. Nesset [CP]
SGT Walter F.E. Matis Jr [G]
SP4 John E. Wilburn
CE injured

Thua Thien Province

B/229 AHB
#66-16799 KILLER SPADE
A/C was lead of a 6-ship combat assault into the A Shau Valley. Hit by an RPG while attempting to land, aborted landing, and the tailboom separated from A/C as it was climbing for altitude.

14 APR 68

SGT Stanley R. Stellmach Jr [G]

Tay Ninh Province

116 AHC
#65-10040
A/C was taking off from POL at LZ when it experience a T/R failure. A/C landed hard and bent right skid. G exited and was struck by M/R blade which was tilted because of bent skid.

12 APR 68

WO1 Stephen J. Eckle [AC]
WO1 John F. Fitzgerald [AC]
SP5 Harold A. Tharp Jr [CE]
G injured

Binh Duong Province

187 AHC
#66-00670
Shot down near a rubber plantation southeast of Dau Tieng and burned.

11 APR 68

SP5 Lawrence L. Fullaway [G]

Kien Giang Province

336 AHC
A/C was attempting to evacuate a patrol under heavy fire when he was hit by ground fire (TET Offensive).

06 APR 68

SP4 James E. Richardson [CE]
3 injured

Thua Thien Province

498 MED
#66-17043
A/C was on a medevac mission and was hit by an explosive device (rocket).

05 APR 68

WO1 John P. Supple [P]

Hau Nghia Province

159 MED DET
Killed while on an air evacuation mission in the vicinity of the Sugar Mill located W of Chu Chi. He recieved one small arms round to the head.

05 APR 68

CW2 David W. Timm [AC]
SGT Alan R. Guymon
PFC John C. Havlick
7 injured

Binh Thuy Province

192 AHC
#66-16253
A/C was on a combat extraction NW of Phan Thiet. After loading 6 troops from C-3-506th Inf, the A/C lifted off, experienced a drop in engine RPM, and drifted into trees, spun to the right and crashed.

04 APR 68

WO1 Ronald G. Phears [AC]
WO1 Joe M. Moran [CP]
SP5 Terry L. Baxter [CE]
PFC Charlie B. Thomas [G]
SP4 Carl L. Hill Jr [C]
CPT David A. Peters [OB]
LTC Robert L. Runkle [OB]

Quang Tri Province

HHC/2 BDE
#66-16952
A/C shot down, crashed and burned while flying C&C 20 NE of LZ Stud.

29 MAR 68

WO1 Donald B. McCoig [P]

Thua Thien Province

281 AHC
Killed by a single round over left eye lid while providing smoke screen to insert ARVN and U.S. Rangers in support of project Delta.

29 MAR 68

WO1 Thomas G. Carlisle II [AC]
WO1 Joseph Laszlo [CP]
SP4 Jon M. Murphy [CE]
SP5 Larry A. Iannetta [G]

Thua Thien Province

B/227 AVN
#66-16564
Crash possibly caused by inclement weather at night.

27 MAR 68

MAJ Jack D. Sundquist [P]

Thua Thien Province

B/1/9 CAV
#66-15055
Killed instantly near Khe Sanh by being struck in the chest with a .50 cal.

21 MAR 68

SP4 Daniel Thomas [CE]
COL Leonard D. Holder
6 injured

Bien Hoa Province

11 ACR
#66-00977
Engine failure on take off. On hover check the RPM dropped 100, but pilot took off anyway. Engine failure was due to failure of the N1 turbine blades.

19 MAR 68

WO1 Jeffrey J. Yarger [P]
SP5 Harold S. Wood Jr [CE]
2 crewmembers injured

Long An Province

191 AHC
#66-00714
During the approach prior to troop extraction, the A/C banked left, struck the ground and the RPM deteriorated. The A/C struck three dikes and inverted.

17 MAR 68

SP4 David L. Groves [CE]
3 injured

Kontum Province

189 AHC
#66-16628
During a C&C, the AC was requested to land the A/C. While hovering near a clear area, one passenger jumped off and the A/C swung into a stump. It then began to spin, crashed and burned.

13 MAR 68

CW3 Jimmy L. Watson [P]
SFC Eugene Gubbins [CE]
PFC Larry J. Moore [G]
SGT Cleveland Evans
SSG Steven W. Heitman

Thua Thien Province

HHT/1/9 CAV
#67-17254
A/C was on a logistics mission and was hit by enemy fire about 3-5 miles SE of Camp Evans and was forced to land. All 10 persons exited and split into two 5-man teams in an attempt to evade to friendly lines. 5 PAX made it to Camp Evans at 2000 hours. An intensive search was initiated, but failed to reveal any trace of the A/C or the 5 missing. 2 bodies (Gubbins and Moore) were recovered later in shallow grave.

12 MAR 68

CPT Gary W. Perkins [AC]
SP4 Joseph M. Knoblock Jr [CE]

Quang Tri Province

D/227 AVN
#65-09516
A/C hit by AW fire. No further details.

11 MAR 68

CW2 Elmer D. Lauck [P]
PFC William A. Andrews [CE]
2 crewmembers injured

Kontum Province

189 AHC
#66-00693
The A/C autorotated downwind after engine failure. The A/C struck the ground with forward speed and burned.

10 MAR 68

WO1 Stanley B. Smith [AC]
WO1 William W. Wieburg [CP]
SP4 Dan L. Herdebu [CE]
SP4 Michael F. Green [G]

Khanh Hoa Province

61 AHC
#66-16330
Shortly after takeoff A/C was seen making descending right turn, crashed and burned.

08 MAR 68

WO1 Guy L. Eisenhart [P]
CPT Charles B. Jilcott Jr [P]
SP5 James M. Warr [CE]
G injured

Dinh Tuong Province

240 AHC
#66-00705
A/C shot down and burned. CE died later of injuries.

07 MAR 68

SP5 Stephen G. Carlos [C]

Thua Thien Province

HHC 3 BDE
No details.

05 MAR 68

CW2 Vernon R. Tweedy [AC]
WO1 Vernon L. Leuning [CP]
SP4 George D. Novakovic [CE]
SP4 Brian T. Murray [G]

Binh Duong Province

162 AHC
#64-14158
Hit by friendly mortar fire approximately 2130-2200 during base camp enemy probe.

29 FEB 68

SP4 Ronnie D. Schultz [CE]

Kontum Province

A/7/17 CAV
#66-00725
A/C was hit by enemy fire while returning for fuel at Kontum, lost T/R, crashed into trees and came to rest on left side (ZA062365).

28 FEB 68

WO1 Ray G. Jenkins [P]

Ba Xugen Province

336 AHC
Killed on the ground by a mortar while refueling the flare ship during a night mortar attack.

23 FEB 68

WO1 William R. Hight [AC]
SP4 Robert E. Green [CE]
LTC James R. Etheridge
MAJ Charles E. Purser
2 injured

Tuyen Duc Province

170 AHC
#66-16596
On climb out, A/C EGT was not normal. Mission continued. Later engine failed. Pilot tried landing but crashed into trees and the ground on left side while hauling RVN dignitaries.

22 FEB 68

WO1 Kenneth D. Scott [P]

Kien Phong Province

114 AHC
#66-15180
Killed by small arms fire.

20 FEB 68

CW2 Roy B. Parsons [P]
SP4 George W. Rushing [CE]
SP5 John A. Bafile [ME]
SP4 Ronnie O. Bigelow
SSG Hurshell H. Gough
SP5 Steven Hernandez
MAJ Michael J. McGinnis
SP4 Michael G. Moharemoff
SP4 David N. Valerio
CIV W.R. Pettigrew
CIV C.D. Downs

Phu Yen Province

335 AHC
#64-13532
A/C was enroute from Nha Trang to Phu Hiep, A/C crashed into trees and burned. Heavy low fog.

19 FEB 68

WO1 John W. Cook [P]
SSG Melvin C. Dye [CE]
SSG Robert S. Griffith [G]
SSG Douglas J. Glover
2 injured

Laos

57 AHC
#66-16282
A/C was extracting a recon patrol team consisting of 3 SF personnel and 3 indigenous personnel. As A/C picked up the team 4 miles inside Laos west of Dak Sut, it received a heavy volume of small arms fire. It is not known whether the A/C was hit by hostile fire or hit a tree, but it nosed over, impacted the ground and exploded, bursting into flames.

18 FEB 68

WO1 Jeffrey R. Byrne [P]
WO1 Noel D. Williams [P]
SP4 David W. Heck [CE]
PFC Brian W. Bates [G]
PFC Tommie Brandon
PFC Darrell L. Cabell
SP4 Rhondal G. Claypool
SGT James G. Standefer

Quang Nam Province

A/123 AVN
A/C shot down and crashed.

18 FEB 68

WO1 Michael L. Koskovich [AC]
WO1 Garry D. Sheppard [CP]
SP4 Donald T. Ewalt [CE]
SP4 Leonard M. Phipps [CE]

Ba Xugen Province

336 AHC
#62-02008
A/C shot down by .50 cal 200 yds outside the airfield perimeter at Soc Trang AAF.

16 FEB 68

WO1 Charles A. Alvarez [P]

Quang Tri Province

A/2/20 ARA
#64-14056
12.7mm came through left windshield at 1500 m. killing pilot.

16 FEB 68

SP4 Charles E. Anderson [CE]

Gia Dinh Province

HHC/199 INF
CE shot while A/C was departing a hot LZ.

12 FEB 68

1LT Jerry L. Roe [AC]
WO1 Alan W. Gunn [CP]
SP4 Wade L. Groth [CE]
SP5 Harry W. Brown [MD]

Quang Duc Province

50 MED DET
#66-17027 DUSTOFF 90
A/C crashed due to possible mechanical trouble while on a night medevac mission to the Gia Nghia SF camp.

09 FEB 68

CPT Franklin S. Bradley Jr [AC]
WO1 Ricky L. Hull [CP]
SP5 Paul R. Anzelone [CE]
SP4 Michael J. Lynch [G]

Ba Xugen Province

121 AHC
#782
Shot down by enemy fire resuppling ARVN outposts in the 42nd DTA.

08 FEB 68

CPT Robert D. Fleer [AC]
WO1 Glenn D. Moore [CP]
PFC Robert A. Labuda [CE]
SP4 Richard F. Cavanaugh [G]

Kien Hoa Province

135 AHC
#66-01128
Crash was caused by heavy small arms fire flying chalk 5 in formation.

07 FEB 68

WO1 Guido S. Reali Jr [P]
WO1 Roy E. Worth [P]
SP4 Ronald R. Loveland [CE]
SGT Harold O. Hoskins [G]
LTC Vorin E. Whan Jr
1LT Harmon L. Remmel III

Phu Bon Province

134 AHC
#66-16675
A/C landed in unsecure LZ. Gunned down while walking toward Ceo Rio village with 3 Vietnamese including local commander.

07 FEB 68

CPT Thomas T. Oliver [AC]

Quang Nam Province

161 AHC
Shot by enemy fire while exiting A/C after T/R cable was shot out.

05 FEB 68

1LT Michael S. Lane [P]
WO1 Jeffrey P. Morley [P]
SGT Joseph E. Heiman
SP5 Lee R. King

Binh Dinh Province

A/227 AHB
#66-16695
Went IFR at night in 100' cloud layer at LZ English on log mission, got disoriented, crashed and burned.

04 FEB 68

WO1 Ronald C. Fields [CP]
SGT Harold R. Reeves [CE]
SFC Henry Adler [G]
P injured POW

Thua Thien Province

C/2/20 ARA
#65-09561
Shot down near Hue.

02 FEB 68

WO1 Horace G. Giddens Jr [P]

Quang Tri Province

C/1/9 CAV
A round came up through the chin bubble and hit kevlar chest protector and then through jugular vein.

02 FEB 68

CPT Donald D. Burnham [P]
SP4 Kenneth J. Patton [CE]
SP4 Charles L. Adkins [G]
SFC Joe H. Pringle
SSG Joseph Puggi

Thua Thien Province

B/1/9 CAV
#66-16442
A/C crashed in jungle on a flight from Quang Tri Province to Chu Lai. Burnt wreckage found in May 1968.

02 FEB 68

WO1 John H. Cannon [AC]
CPT Carl L. West [CP]
SP5 Allen C. Hardison [CE]
SP5 Robert J. Oates [G]
CPT Kendrick K. Kelley III

Phong Dinh Province

235 AVN
#66-00634
A/C downed by hostile fire, crashed and burned.

01 FEB 68

CW2 Tommy G. Sandefur [AC]

Phuoc Tuy Province

191 AHC
#66-15076
Pilot killed by small arms fire.

01 FEB 68

CW2 Francis L. Griffin [P]

Kien Hoa Province

121 AHC
#63-08581
Pilot was struck in the side by a bullet while engaging a target just east of the airfield.

31 JAN 68

WO1 Gary W. Hanna [P]
SP4 Richard F. Delgado [CE]

Thua Thien Province

B/1/9 CAV
#63-12915
A/C shot down by small arms fire, made forced landing and A/C was destroyed. North of Hue during Tet 68.

31 JAN 68

SGT Aubrey Goff Jr [G]
P injured

Binh Duong Province

190 AHC
#66-00626
A/C hit by small arms fire and the pilot had been severely wounded. SGT Goff left his crew position to give first aid to the pilot and was struck under his left armpit killing him instantly.

31 JAN 68

SP4 Fred K. M. Hatada [C]
PFC Charles A. Yeomans [C]

Vinh Long Province

175 AHC
#66-15009
A/c was on the ground in a hot LZ (YT058110) when it was hit by a mortar shell.

31 JAN 68

WO1 William B. Duncan [P]

Vinh Long Province

114 AHC
Killed by small arms fire.

28 JAN 68

WO1 Timothy J. McKiernan [P]
3 injured

Laos

117 AHC
#64-14146
Engine failure at low altitude over the city of Bien Hoa.

25 JAN 68

WO1 John J. Foden [P]
1LT Robert H. King [P]
SP4 Jack P. Cotterell [CE]
SGT Jack B. Sutphen [G]

Hau Nghia Province

117 AHC
A/C shot down by .51 cal 1 mile from Cu Chi during Tet 68.

25 JAN 68

WO1 Johnson M. Milligan [P]
3 injured

Pleiku Province

B/7/17 CAV
#66-15001
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
A/C was a combat mission. On takeoff, A/C began a descent. Suspect gross overweight. Tail stinger hit the ground and wire. A/C slid down into a gully until striking the other side of the gully. A/C started to burn. Fire was extinguished. Additional details: Possible engine failure while taking off from Camp Enari.

23 JAN 68

SP4 Rudolf A. Schrader [CE]

Binh Dinh Province

C/1/9 CAV
No details.

21 JAN 68

WO1 Gerald L. McKinsey Jr [CP]
SSG Billy D. Hill [G]
LTC Joseph P. Semyo
2 crewmembers injured

Quang Tri Province

282 AVN
#66-01027
After an ARVN deployment at approx 8-10' off the ground, the A/C was hit by either a 57mm recoilless rifle or a direct hit mortar fire, burst into flames, and crashed.

21 JAN 68

PVT Jerry W. Elliott [G]

Quang Tri Province

282 AVN
Gunner exited acft to assist survivors of the downed helicopter (#66-01027) and was killed by enemy fire.

20 JAN 68

SP4 William T. Hartman [CE]

Quant Tin Province

D/227 AVN
#64-14058
A/C crashed. No further details.

18 JAN 68

WO1 James A. Johansen [AC]
SP4 Donald D. Wielkopolan [G]

Binh Dinh Province

A/229 AHB
#66-16800
Killed on Lightning Bug mission, crashed into Dam Tra Lake south of LZ English.

15 JAN 68

PFC Raymond N. Weber [G]
MSG Bert H. Hinson

Kontum Province

170 AHC
#66-16576
A/C landed with toes of skids on an upslope. T/R disintegrated after a tarp blew up into T/R, crashed on right side and exploded.

10 JAN 68

CW2 William R. Hartwell [P]
SGT John C. Tingley [CE]
P & G injured

Hau Nghia Province

128 AHC
#64-14011
Hit by single round while gun team lead. A/C crashed. CE killed by gunshot during extraction from crash site.

10 JAN 68

WO1 Douglas J. Lemaire [AC]
WO1 Paul L. Berry [P]
SP5 Robert P. Hain [CE]
SP4 Jerry W. Kizziah [G]

Binh Dinh Province

2 BDE 1 CAV
#66-16966
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
On night take off from POL at LZ Uplift, A/C hit barb wire fence and crashed due to #1 T/R driveshaft failure.

10 JAN 68

SP5 Martin D. Klann [CE]

Dinh Tuong Province

240 AHC
#66-16185
CE killed by hostile fire near Dong Tam.

09 JAN 68

CW3 James L. Phipps [AC]
CW3 Rainier S. Ramos [CP]
SP4 Warren E. Newton [G]
PFC Fred J. Secrist [G]

Quang Tin Province

C/7/17 CAV
#66-00745
A/C was on a gunship-cover mission about 20 miles W of the city of Tam Ky, received intense enemy fire and crashed into mountainside (AT955308) and exploded.

08 JAN 68

WO1 Timothy H. Artman [AC]
3 crewmembers injured

Long An Province

173 AHC
#65-09866
A/C was in 4th position into an LZ and was hit by AW fire. Approx 50' from touchdown, an RPG blew out the left front of acft causing it to crash.

07 JAN 68

WO1 Robert F. Bahl Jr [P]
WO1 Marshall H. Ford [P]
SP5 Arthur L. Lauderdale [CE]
PFC Lloyd E. Knake [G]
LTC Bob L. Gregory
SFC Richard C. Keefe
MAJ Lawrence M. Malone

Quang Nam Province

HHC 2 BDE 1 CAV
A/C was flying a C&C mission out of LZ Ross and was shot down and crashed (Tet 68).

05 JAN 68

CW3 Dennis C. Hamilton [AC]
CW3 Sheldon D. Schultz [CP]
SFC Ernest F. Briggs Jr [CE]
SFC James D. Williamson [G]
SFC John T. Gallagher

Laos

176 AHC
#66-01172
A/C was on a mission to infiltrate an indigenous recon patrol into Laos and was shot down by 33mm at 300' and burned near Muong Nong.

05 JAN 68

PVT Bobbie J. Mounts [G]
IP & P injured

Bien Hoa Province

240 AHC
#66-16183
A/C was making a simulated servo failure approach when engine failed and crashed. Suspected failure of the dual engine driven fuel pump.

05 JAN 68

SP4 Kenneth C. Scruton [CE]

Tay Ninh Province

187 AHC
A/C was Chalk #3 on a troop insertion mission and took heavy .51 fire followed by a massive explosion (RPG) on the CE side of the ship.

02 JAN 68

PFC Ernest J. Nichols Jr [G]

Tay Ninh Province

C/3/17 CAV
#66-16061
See narrative below.

WO1 William T. Jacobus [P]

C/3/17 CAV
#66-16036
While on strip alert with blues at FB north of Tay Ninh, a gunship (#66-00686) from another unit went IFR in dust and T/R struck M/R blade of #036 knocking off #686's T/R causing it to spin right. Tail boom then struck tailboom of #061. Flight terminated with #686 lying on left side 180 degrees from direction of landing and right of #061.

SP4 Richard D. Lakin [CE]

68 AVN
#66-00686
See narrative above.

01 JAN 68

WO1 Ronald L. Martin [AC]
WO1 Peter Kretzchmar [CP]
SP4 Clarence H. Genau Jr [CE]
PFC Philip A. Tingley Jr [G]
SGT Norman R. Anderson
SP4 David L. French
SP4 Thomas B. Griffin Jr
CPT Peter S. Kleinberg
SFC Felix A. Sisario
CPT Frank Velazquez

Binh Dinh Province

61 AHC
#66-16629
Hit the side of An Khe pass in bad weather.

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