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UH-1 Vietnam Losses }->

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

Date

Name(s)

Location

Insignia

Notes

27 DEC 70

SP4 Roy D. Jordan [G]

Tay Ninh Province

187 AHC
No details.

16 DEC 70

WO1 Fred A. Williams [P]
SP5 Starr F. Frye [CE]
CWO Joseph J. Danna Jr [PP]
SP4 David L. Gilmor

Quang Ngai Province

358 AVN DET
#67-17532 "MOONSHINE ONE"
A/C was attempting a low-level down-wind take-off followed by a low-level left turn. While in the turn the A/C settled into the ground; both the port skid and the M/R blade hit ground. The A/C bounced into the air, then impacted, coming to rest about 300' from the initial point of impact. (BS565325)

16 DEC 70

SP4 Robert T. Callan [G]

Vietnam

C/101 AVN
No details.

15 DEC 70

SP4 Thomas D. Young [CE]

Quang Tri Province

A/2/17 CAV
A/C was on a recon mission with a Cobra gunship when it was struck with .51 cal AA fire causing a fire onboard. The fire was extinguished but the cargo became unstrapped. CE was attempting to restrap the cargo when he was hit by .51 cal round which entered his body in lower back and exited the side of his head.

14 DEC 70

WO1 Paul R. Brass [AC]
WO1 Randall G. Freeman [CP]
SP4 John W. Murphy [C]
SSG Steve F. Johnson [MD]
SP4 Jeffery D. Kuersten [MD]

Thua Thien Province

326 MED
#69-15137
A/C crashed into side of mountain during the day while attempting to pickup a patient after delivering a spare part to Camp Evans. A search was conducted about midday, but took a lot of ground fire and the A/C was found the next day.

06 DEC 70

SP4 Alvin L. Evanoff [CE]
PFC Walter J. Taylor Jr [G]
P & CP injured

Quang Nam Province

B/158 AVN
#69-15184
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
A/C was flying over DaNang Bay to the north when they spotted a destroyer, flew alongside the port side of ship and made a cyclic climb to approx 200', executed a sharp left turn into a power dive parallel to the starboard side of ship. A/C failed to recover from the steep dive being maneuvered, impacted water, exploded and burned.

02 DEC 70

1LT Raymond J. Flynn Jr* [P]

Ba Xugen Province

D/3/5 CAV
Shot in left temple while returning from the AO. *Flynn died 17DEC70 of injuries.

29 NOV 70

SP5 Robert D. Schneider [CE]

Kontum Province

170 AHC
#69-15052
Killed at Bikini beach when a 2.75" FFAR was accidentally fired and exploded near the A/C he was working on.

28 NOV 70

CW2 Charles F. Creamer III [P]
1LT David C. Jauregui [P]
SP4 James B. Powell Jr [CE]
PFC Gary E. Field [G]

Quang Ngai Province

174 AHC
#66-17036
A/C flew into a mountain in inclement weather, flying a night flare mission for a Shark scramble.

24 NOV 70

CW2 Samuel R. Saito [AC]
2 injured

Quang Ngai Province

F/8 CAV
#67-17840
A/C left Chu Lai West AAF enroute to Admin Pad for Night Hawk Mission. After picking up mission sheets, A/C proceeded on normal takeoff and was at approx 200' when a loud bang was heard, followed by what appeared to be an explosion. A/C yawed left and power was lost. A/C landed hard, collapsing skids and sliding approx 15m. P was sustained fatal head injuries from one of the M/R blades.

22 NOV 70

SP4 Norman F. Paley [CE]

Laos

C/101 AVN
No details.

22 NOV 70

WO1 Jeffrey A. Coffin [P]

Pleiku Province

57 AHC
#68-15591
Killed by shot through windshield.

18 NOV 70

CW2 Benton L. Miller [IP]
WO1 Thomas A. Knopik [CP]

Quang Tri Province

C/3/17 CAV
#69-15565
A/C crashed during training flight at Quang Tri Airfield. Witnesses heard popping noise on final, lost tailboom, crashed and burst into flames.

15 NOV 70

CPT Richard W. Salmond [P]

Quang Tin Province

116 AHC
#67-17148
A/C was one of 8 acft in support of 5th ARVN Div., located W of Tam Ky. While approaching alternate airfield, A/C was flaring for landing, A/C began to vibrate and tail slid right. A/C continued to slide right in a hover. Tail suddenly swung to the left. Application of left pedal had no effect. Pilot rolled off throttle and settled to ground in a left tail-low attitude. Left skid collapsed and tailboom severed. A fire started in the aft section of the fuselage. Crew exited and pilot was struck by rotor blade.

05 NOV 70

WO1 Gordon B. Sears [AC]

Quang Ngai Province

176 AVN
MINUTEMAN 27
Was wounded by a sniper while off loading resupply to a 1/52 unit N of FSB Stinson. Survived the bullet wound to his jaw but died later in the night of possible blod clot.

02 NOV 70

CW2 John T. Orrico [AC]
WO1 Douglas J. Campbell [CP]
SP5 Kenneth L. Brown [CE]
SP5 Oscar Maloney [G]

Kien Giang Province

191 AHC
#66-15219
A/C took off from Rach Gia short strip heading for the Rach Soi airfield to refuel. After making a right turn out of traffic and leveling off at 500', the M/R system separated from the A/C, nosed over and crashed into the ground, exploding on impact. (WS128016)

01 NOV 70

SP4 Joseph E. Rohlinger [G]

Quang Nam Province

282 AHC
No details.

27 OCT 70

1LT Jack L. Bagley [AC]
SP4 Alex D. Pysz [G]
P & CE injured

Ba Xugen Province

336 AHC
#69-15142
Hit tree on night Fire Fly mission, crashed and burned.

26 OCT 70

WO1 Donald R. Cook [AC]
WO1 Charles F. Smith [CP]
SP4 Dennis E. Reese [CE]
PFC Karl L. Reineccius [MD]
OB injured

Binh Dinh Province

498 MED
#67-17765
A/C was trying to land in extremely bad weather at night at FSB Washington to medevac a seriously ill or injured soldier. A/C crashed while hovering up the side of mountain to land at FB on top. Pilot lost illumination and visual contact in the fog and low clouds and caught skid in the trees, crashed and caught fire. (BR843695)

20 OCT 70

CW2 Terence A. Handley [AC]
1LT Kenneth M. Schlie [CP]
SP4 Thomas R. Weiss [CE]
SP4 Harold C. Gay [MD]
SP4 Alexander Campbell Jr
CPL Larry W. Kilgore
1 other killed

Quang Ngai Province

54 MED DET
#66-16617 "DUSTOFF 88"
Low-level mid-air collision with OH-6A #69-16023 approx 10-15 km SW of Chu Lai after picking up wounded. Acft was under the control of the 54 MED.

17 OCT 70

CW2 Gary W. Engelhardt [AC]
CW2 John R. Bregler [CP]
SP4 Guy L. Mears Jr [CE]
MD & ROK injured

Phu Yen Province

254 MED DET
#69-15466
A/C shot down by an RPG and crashed on pinnacle south of Tuy Hoa supporting ROK. (CQ300265)

11 OCT 70

WO1 Peter R. Goodnight [P]

Quang Ngai Province

174 AHC
Accidentally shot when M-60 in cargo area discharged while preparing to move a downed Huey crew from Hill 422 to Chu Lai.

03 OCT 70

SP5 Kenneth J. Koch [CE]

Quang Tin Province

116 AHC
No details.

02 OCT 70

WO1 John L. Nesovanovic [AC]
SP4 Ronald K. Allgood [CE]
SP4 Robert W. Alverson Jr [MD]
2 crewmembers injured

Thua Thien Province

326 MED
#68-15249
While at an altitude of 200' and 40 KIAS, the A/C entered IFR, losing sight of the ground. The pilot radioed Dustoff Control of his situation and his intention to return to base and entered a left turn. While in the turn the A/C struck water, broke apart, and sank.

02 OCT 70

SP5 Karl W. Titus [CE]
SP4 Michael G. Warnick [G]
PFC William I. Allsbrook Jr
SGT Bruce J. Stickel
SGT David F. Tinsey
SGT Jimmy W. Westbrook
V. T. Bui
N. V. Dinh [P]
AC injured

Long Khanh Province

68 AHC
#64-13526
A/C was on a 3-ship mission to rescue troops on the ground in Cambodia. A/C was to proceed to FSB Lynch for troop drop off. A/C was approx 2-3 minutes behind the flight when it departed the PZ. After clearing the barriers, the AC experienced a power problem and started a shallow left-hand turn in order to return to the PZ, struck a 110' tree and fell at a 60 degree angle and struck the ground 75' from the initial point of contact. (YS587985)

27 SEP 70

CPT William J. Langman [P]
CPT Phillip H. Jacobs [P]
SGT John W. Parsells [CE]
CPL Steven H. Krupkin [G]

Thua Thien Province

3 BDE 101 ABN
#68-15359
A/C crashed during an IFR training flight that flew into heavy weather. Pilot radioed his last position as on the 090 deg magnetic bearing off the Evans Radio Beacon at approx 2045 hours. A/C was found the next day 2.5nm N of Hue in a rice paddy, impacting the ground inverted in 3' of water and exploded.

27 SEP 70

SP4 David W. MacLurg [MD]
3 injured

Quang Tri Province

237 MED DET
#69-15297
A/C was on a civilian medevac from Camp Evans to Quang Tri hospital to transport a very badly burned Vietnamese child and mother. A/C's attitude indicators failed and pilot tried to climb above the weather. At 2000', the attitude gyros failed, whereupon the crew attempted a descent. Both pilots were affected by vertigo and were able to maintain only marginal control of the A/C. During the descent the airspeed indicator failed as well. Ground impact occurred in a near-vertical 500 FPM descent, with the A/C rolling onto its side after impact. (YD382420)

27 SEP 70

CW2 Robert O. Hill Jr [AC]
WO1 Michael L. Bradley [CP]
SP4 Jeffrey M. White [CE]
SP5 Kenneth C. Nokes [MD]

Quang Tri Province

237 MED DET
#69-15021
A/C was searching for another medevac (UH-1 #69-15297) and crashed while trying to operate at very low altitude and in extremely adverse weather conditions.

26 SEP 70

CPT Donald D. Craw Jr [AC]
SP4 Thomas S. Malmay [G]
CPT Benjamin R. Bostick IV [PP]
CIV DR Bradshaw
CP & CE injured

Offshore Vietnam

USARV FLT DET
#67-17858
A/C was lead acft of 2-ship mission enroute to Red Beach, flying low-level along the beach with trail 1/2m behind. At approx 30 mi ESE of Phu Bai both acft encountered heavy rain showers. A/C was attempting 180 deg left turn over the ocean when it crashed and sank.

26 SEP 70

WO1 Robert E. Bauer [AC]
1LT Warren S. Lawson [CP]
SP5 Douglas M. Woodland [CE]
SP4 Robert A. Painter Jr [G]

Long Khanh Province

229 AVN
#68-16123
A/C was in left echelon on the flight lead. During the checks, #68-15648 accelerated forward and drifted right, impacting the lead A/C's tailboom. Both A/C departed controlled flight and disappeared into the clouds, impacting the ground about 250 meters apart.

WO1 Mark R. Holtom [AC]
CPT Francis J. Sullivan [CP]
SGT Donald A. Hall Jr [CE]
SP4 Ernest H. Laidler [G]

229 AVN
#68-15648
A/C accelerated forward and drifted right, impacting the lead A/C's (68-16123) tailboom. Both A/C departed controlled flight and disappeared into the clouds, impacting the ground about 250 meters apart.

24 SEP 70

SP4 James R. Fortenberry [MD]

Vietnam

15 MED
#69-15279
Taxiing A/C M/R blades collided with another, flexing the blades and striking medic.

20 SEP 70

WO1 Larry G. Baldwin [P]
1LT Albert M. Finn [P]
SGT Dan O. Felts [CE]
SGT William T. Dotson III [G]

Quang Tri Province

C/158 AVN
#67-17597
A/C crashed during a low level Ranger team insertion near the DMZ. Suspected that a .51 caliber round came through the windshield just before A/C hit the ground at 100 knots.

09 SEP 70

WO1 Robert R. Sizemore Jr [AC]
WO1 Ernest D. Petty [CP]
SP5 Joseph M. Leroy Brown [CE]
SP4 Darrel M. Pickett [G]

Quang Ngai Province

176 AHC
#66-00561
A/C shot down and crashed.

01 SEP 70

1LT Joseph L. Chambers [AC]
CW2 William R. Kersey Jr [CP]
SP4 Larry Schoonmaker [CE]
WO1 David R. Noll [PP]

Long Khanh Province

B/1/9 CAV
#68-15654
A/C was attempting to establish communications with a lost recon team manuevering under hazardous, night-flying conditions and flying low-level to avoid foul weather over difficult terrain. While making a turn, the A/C smashed into the ground instantly killing all on board.

31 AUG 70

1LT Harry C. Inman III [P]

Binh Thuan Province

48 AHC
A/C shot down by small arms in LZ. While crawling away, pilot lifted head to look and got hit in the head flipping him over. Rest of crew got out.

31 AUG 70

SP4 Lorenzo Fox [G]

Ba Xugen Province

121 AHC
No details.

29 AUG 70

WO1 Mark W. Minear [AC]
1LT John F. Shiefer [CP]
SP4 Lawrence E. Scheib Jr
PFC Harry T. Henthorn

Thua Thien Province

C/2/17 CAV
#67-17699
A/C was involved in a Ranger team insertion. As the A/C settled into the LZ it was hit repeatedly in the forward section by 12.7mm AA machinegun and RPG fire.

28 AUG 70

PFC Donald R. Smith [G]
SGT Raymond L. Hodges
SP4 Joe Luna
SSG Thomas H. Messer
SGT Nick E. Sanchez

Binh Dinh Province

D/1/10 CAV
#69-15025
A/C was shot down during a troop insertion.

26 AUG 70

WO1 William H. Laurence Jr [AC]
CPT Stephen D. Carr [CP]
SP5 Larry B. Jacobson [CE]
SP5 Benny R. Halstead [G]

Ba Xugen Province

162 AHC
#69-15429
A/C was hit by an RPG at an altitude of about 200', exploded, and crashed on CA to extract ARVN troops.

23 AUG 70

WO1 John D. Phillips [P]
SP4 Robert G. Simes Jr [G]
3 injured

Quang Nam Province

282 AHC
#69-15287
A/C was low-level and passed over LZ and made a sharp left turn, M/R blade struck the ground 4 times on a slight rise in the ground. A/C rolled inverted and contacted ground rotor head first, slid approx. 85' separating the xmsn from fuselage and engine. AC and pilot were thrown out in their seats and gunner and CE remained in A/C and PAX was thrown out. No post crash fire.

21 AUG 70

WO1 Robert L. Frasch [P]

Bien Hoa Province

240 AHC
#66-16735
After A/C was shot down, pilot was decapitated by M/R blades exiting the A/C.

17 AUG 70

WO1 Merlyn L. Wentzel [AC]
WO1 Patrick R. O'Brien [CP]
SP4 Richard K. Johnston [CE]
SP4 Raymond L. Stansbury II [G]
SP4 Paul A. Demaline
PFC Robert A. Ater
1 PAX injured

Binh Dinh Province

119 AHC
#67-17587
Low leveling down a river, tailboom struck sandbar while avoiding a fishing tower.

15 AUG 70

1LT James C. Becker [P]
SP4 Peter A. Schmidt [G]

Laos

71 AVN
#69-15375
A/C was on a recon team extraction mission. A/C hovered 50' over the PZ and dropped the ladder from the right side of the A/C. Five of the team members climbed onto the ladder, and the A/C began to lift off. At about 100', A/C began to receive small arms fire and crashed.

15 AUG 70

SP5 Harry E. Chesser [CE]

Quang Ngai Province

123 AVN
No details.

12 JUL 70

SGT Dan G. Feezell [G]

Vietnam

A/101 AVN
A/C was on a SF insertion mission on Tri-Borders near the Rock Pile when G was shot in the head by ground fire.

10 AUG 70

SP4 John E. Crowley [CE]
3 crewmembers injured

Laos

D/1/1 CAV
#68-16520
A/C on a classified "Prairie Fire" operation in the lower panhandle area of Laos. A/C crashed due to engine failure.

09 AUG 70

WO1 Shawn G. Cannon [AC]
3 crewmembers injured

Lam Dong Province

92 AHC
#66-15201
Crashed in perimeter minefield at Bao Loc returning from Dalat w/load of beer, inertia reel failed, head went through window.

08 AUG 70

1LT Jol N. Smith [CP]
SP4 William E. Barritt* [CE]
SP4 Sammy P. Rodriguez [C]
CPT William W. Walker**
AC rescued

Phuoc Long Province

173 AHC
#66-00692
A/C shot down and burned during combat assault outside of Bu Dop. *Barritt died 14AUG70 of injuries.

**CPT Walker was a PAX on C&C ship and was assisting extraction of crew when rocket tube exploded and died as result of injuries from blast.

05 AUG 70

SP4 Angelo G. Larraga [G]

Quang Tin Province

116 AHC
No details.

29 JUL 70

WO1 Karl T. Anteau [AC]
SP5 Jack H. Dillon [CE]
SP4 Ricky J. Hills [G]
SGT Walter B. Golombeski
CPL Stephen W. Bancroft
P & 4 PAX injured

Phuoc Long Province

A/227 AVN
#69-15119
A/C was participating in a final extraction of FSB Mo. A/C initiated takeoff and while attempting to clear the barriers, A/C had some minor blade strikes on bamboo. A/C then started a left bank to avoid hitting a large, dead tree. Corrective action was late and M/R struck the tree on the right side of A/C. A/C settled tail low on its right side and burst into flames upon striking the ground.

29 JUL 70

CW2 James K. Emch [IP]
1 injured

Dinh Tuong Province

175 AHC
#66-16283
IP was performing check ride with pilot approx 2 mi W of Dong Tam airfield. While performing a low-level power off manuever, A/C impacted in a nose low attitude, skidded about 20 ft, hit a 3 ft mud dike and came to rest in rice paddy.

26 JUL 70

WO1 William A. Parker [P]
3 injured

Binh Dinh Province

498 MED
#66-16632
A/C began a steep turn to the left, estimated to be 40' when initiated. A/C began to settle and consequently the M/R blades struck the water on the left hand side. A/C pitched forward and rolled to the right, right front cabin section struck the water and the ship inverted and began disintegrating.

26 JUL 70

SP4 Martin L. Rodgers [CE]
2 ARVNs killed

Kien Tuong Province

D/3/5 CAV
#68-16399
Engine failure, autorotation to water, rolled right and sank.

22 JUL 70

WO1 Daniel J. Turcotte [AC]
SP4 Larry D. Johnson [G]
SFC Ronald A. Olesen
3 injured

Phuoc Long Province

B/229 AHB
#67-17551
A/C had just departed FSB Granite, while climbing and about 700', the engine quit. A MAY DAY call was placed and A/C entered autorotation and landed in the river, rolled right and submerged quickly on its right side.

21 JUL 70

SGT Brent R. Law [MD]

Thua Thien Province

326 MED
#66-16822
Medevac came under heavy ground fire while attempting to land at FSB Ripcord and MD was killed AK-47 fire and A/C was brought down by RPG.

20 JUL 70

CPT David W. Ayers [P]
8 injured

Laos

A/101 AVN
#68-16550
On approach to Co Roc Mountain LZ, A/C received SA fire, then was hit by RPG. Pilot descended down side of mountain while A/C was on fire, flared just before impacting trees. Pilot was killed on impact and others were rescued.

17 JUL 70

SGT James D. Schmidt [CE]

Quang Tin Province

71 AHC
No details.

16 JUL 70

WO1 Donald A. Krumrei [P]
3 crewmembers injured

Kien Hoa Province

335 AHC
#67-17744
A/C was attempting to land near the road where troops were waiting to load onto the acft. A/C was in a steep decelerating flare as it approached the ditch near the road. While still moving forward at about 5-10' above the water in the ditch, A/C suddenly started to level, spun rapidly to the right about 180 degrees and landed abruptly on its left side in 2-3' of water.

16 JUL 70

SP4 Albert L. Lane Jr [G]

Quang Tin Province

176 AVN
No details.

15 JUL 70

WO1 Lenton E. Mizer [P]
SP5 Harrison Bell [CE]
SP5 Fred G. Vandiver [G]
P injured

Quang Ngai Province

174 AHC
#66-00646
A/C experienced a loss of power and pilot turned down the ravine to regain RPM. A/C continued to lose power and fall. AC tried to regain control, but it struck the ground, rolled and exploded.

12 JUL 70

SP4 Michael E. Burns [G]
1 injured

Binh Duong Province

128 AHC
#62-01967
Loss of rotor RPM, landed hard and turned on the left side.

11 JUL 70

SP4 Warren Lively II [G]

Binh Dinh Province

119 AHC
#66-16317
Shot on LRRP insertion 20km N of An Khe.

11 JUL 70

WO1 James M. Dunnavant Jr [P]
SP4 Larry G. Yeager [G]

Quang Tin Province

176 AHC
#65-09563
Shot while inserting LRRPs in an unsecured LZ. Pilot died from injuries received in crash.

08 JUL 70

WO1 Donald B. Thompson [P]
SP4 William L. Nettle [CE]
SP4 John F. Spangler [G]
AC injured

Binh Thuy Province

117 AHC
#66-15182
A/C was escorting a DUSTOFF along with another slick into the mountains north and east of Vo Dat. Weather was marginal and the ships entered IFR. The DUSTOFF and other slick exited the clouds but #182 did not.

08 JUL 70

SP4 Randolph E. Graves [G]

Lam Dong Province

190 AHC
No details.

07 JUL 70

1LT William F. Michel [AC]
MG George W. Casey [CP]
SGT Ronald F. Fuller [CE]
SGT William L. Christenson [G]
MAJ John A. Hottell III
SGT Vernon K. Smolik Jr
SGM Kenneth W. Cooper

Tuyen Duc Province

11 GS
#69-15138
Hit a mountain near Bao Luc partial IFR flying from Tay Ninh to Cam Ranh to visit troops in hospital.

04 JUL 70

WO1 Richard J. Warden [AC]

An Xugen Province

121 AHC
Shot through the side by AK-47 while on short final flying trail in the Nam Cam forest.

30 JUN 70

1LT Leslie F. Douglas Jr [AC]
1LT Richard Dyer [AC]
SP5 John L. Burgess [CE]
SFC Juan Colon-Diaz
G injured

Phuoc Long Province

B/227 AVN
#66-16693
A/C was on a C&C mission when it was hit by enemy fire, crashed and burned near the Cambodia/South Vietnam border.

30 JUN 70

SP5 Garry M. Shannon [G]
SP4 Donnith H. Fletcher
SP4 Steve L. Inboden
SP4 Stephen L. Klein
2 injured

Cambodia

C/227 AVN
#68-15349
A/C shot down at YU213402.

28 JUN 70

1LT Terry A. Mote [P]
4 others injured

Pleiku Province

189 AHC
#66-00657
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
Engine failure shortly after takeoff with resulting crash. Remainder of the crew survived.

23 JUN 70

WO1 Daniel J. Hallows [AC]
WO1 Lawrence M. Moore [P]
SP5 Dennis J. Dillon [CE]
PFC James W. Lenz [G]
SN Thomas R. Brown (USN)
SN John J. Donnelly III (USN)
SM3 John S. Durlin (USN)
BM3 James R. Gore (USN)
HM2 Harold L. Linville (USN)
MM2 Richard J. Solano (USN)
FN Toby A. Thomas (USN)
1 CIV PAX killed

Phong Dinh Province

162 AHC
#67-17594
A/C departed Ca Mau at approx 1800 hours and crashed 5 minutes later due to suspected mast bumping of M/R head system.

22 JUN 70

SP4 Daniel K. Wilson [CE]

Cambodia

D/3/4 CAV
No details.

20 JUN 70

WO1 Robert F. Colatruglio [P]
WO1 Alex C. Spence Jr [AC]
SP4 Joseph P. Lutz [CE]
G injured

Kien Hoa Province

162 AHC
#65-09454
A/C fire team was on a recon mission and took fire from a hooch surrounded by tall trees which hindered their angle of attack on a run run. Pilot took a steeper angle to get a good shot and was unable to pull out of the dive, hit trees, rolled over, crashed and exploded.

18 JUN 70

CW2 Rafael A. Chavez [AC]
SP4 Roy J. Holmgren [CE]
PVT James A. Scruggs [G]
SSG Arthur D. Neal
SP4 Danny L. Archer
2 PAX killed
3 injured

Thua Thien Province

B/2/17 CAV
#67-17734
A/C went into steep dive and was unable to pull up. The stinger struck in a nearby area and did little to prevent one of the T/R blades from striking a small dike. A/C began coming apart as it went sliding across the rough terrain, hit nose low on a mound of dirt, breaking off the left skid, landing light, and plexiglass from the chin-bubble. At this point the tailboom separated, as it did the M/R head and blades also separated. A/C then began to tumble and caught fire.

12 JUN 70

WO1 Leslie M. Tatarski [AC]

Cambodia

C/229 AHB
A/C took 48 hits on ammo resupply mission. Pilot took one AK round through the heart.

12 JUN 70

WO1 John S. Wilson [P]

Thua Thien Province

C/158 AHC
On a CA mission at LZ Kelly. A/C was Chalk 2 in the flight when an AK47 round entered through the floor, missing the armored seat, collective and the chicken plate and killed pilot.

11 JUN 70

WO1 James G. Bulloch [P]
SGT Raymond R. Uhl [CE]
SGT Alonzo H. Taylor [G]
SP4 John A. Dossett Jr
SP4 Vernon G. Bergquist
SP4 Franklin D. Meyer

Tay Ninh Province

C/229 AVN
#66-16985
A/C flew into a thunderstorm and crashed.

10 JUN 70

WO1 Dale E. Greife [AC]
SP5 Ronald W. Rash [CE]
2 crewmembers injured

Pleiku Province

189 AHC
#66-16409
Hit tree going low level.

9 JUN 70

SP4 Kenneth H. Lamborn [CE]
3 crewmembers injured

Binh Dinh Province

498 MED
#68-16347
A/C was shot down on a medevac mission and CE was possibly shot while exiting the aircraft.

05 JUN 70

WO1 Ralph S. Roussell Jr [AC]
WO1 Donald J. Lundequam [CP]
SP4 Scotty R. Broadston [CE]
1LT Dennis W. Dotson
G injured

Binh Dinh Province

119 AHC
#68-16354
A/C was shot down and crashed in water.

31 MAY 70

WO1 John C. Burris [AC]
WO1 James D. Griffin [CP]
SP5 Bruce Richardson [CE]
PVT Robert P. O'Brien [G]
MAJ Benton F. Asbury (USAF)
LTC John S. Bonner Jr (USAF)
CPT Gary D. Hults (USAF)
LTC Harold J. Shea (USAF)
SSG Durwyn L. Wolf (USAF)

Binh Long Province

120 AHC
#68-16528
A/C apparently crashed and burned due to bad weather while transporting an airfield inspection team from Loc Ninh back to Saigon.

30 MAY 70

CW2 Brian J. Devaney [AC]
3 injured

Laos

170 AHC
#67-17205
Died when the remnant of a large-caliber round entered his heart. A/C was shot down during a SOG extraction.

27 MAY 70

SP4 Andrew P. Susi [CE]

Chuong Thien Province

162 AHC
Killed by ground fire while leaving an LZ during a CA southeast of Can Tho.

26 MAY 70

CW2 Edward T. O'Brien [AC]
WO1 Bruce E. Graham [CP]
SGT David K. Johnson [CE]
SGT William E. Hawkins [MD]

Thua Thien Province

326 MED
#69-15139
A/C was hit in the fuel cell area by an RPG, crashed and burned.

25 MAY 70

WO1 Donald G. Lukens [P]

Chau Doc Province

B/7/1 CAV
Flying right seat in C&C near Nui Coto Mtn south of Chilang in Delta, took one .50 cal round through right door and armor.

23 MAY 70

SP5 James H. Craig [CE]
3 injured

Quang Duc Province

A/7/17 CAV
#69-15115
A/C was on take off and trying to avoid a strand of comm wire strung about 15' above the ground. To avoid the wire, pilot lowered collective and decelerated the acft into a tail low attitude, which was compounded by a slight downslope, causing the stinger and heels of the skids to contact the ground and push the tail back into the air thereby lowering the nose which then contacted the ground. A/C then pitched up and right in a tail high, nose low attitude causing the M/R blade to strike the ground, then pitched to the right on its nose and was flipped onto its left side coming to rest about 25' S of where the skids initially contacted the ground. CE was pinned under wreckage.

23 MAY 70

CPT Ellis D. Greene [AC]
CPT Charles D. Foley [P]

Cambodia

C/227 AVN
#68-16300
B-40 rocket in cockpit doing a combat assualt in Cambodia.

23 MAY 70

WO1 George F. Barry Jr [P]
CPT Eugene S. Miller [P]
SP4 William H. Vaught III [CE]
SP4 Stephen J. Perkins [G]
MAJ Shane N. Soldato

Quang Tri Province

B/158 AVN
#68-15628
Took RPG through the tailboom near Khe San.

22 MAY 70

CPT Richard A. Larson [P]
WO1 John C. Reilly [AC]
SP4 James L. Abler [CE]
PVT Richard W. Mehlhaff [G]

Quang Duc Province

C/227 AVN
#67-17226
Engine failure on a Sniffer mission in Cambodia.

20 MAY 70

PFC Thomas J. Kelso Jr [G]
2 injured

Khanh Hoa Province

192 AHC
#67-17362
On approach to POL area at 100-150' and 1/4 mi out, A/C experienced T/R failure, and initiated autorotation. As A/C touched down it hit right skid low and rolled over. Gunner was trapped under the rolling helicopter and was crushed to death.

20 MAY 70

SP5 Arthur G. Qualls [CE]
SP5 Paul B. Lambertson [G]
3 ARVN killed
3 injured

Binh Thuan Province

281 AHC
#66-16009
A/C was at 1000' AGL when pilot reduced power and put acft in a nose low attitude heading toward the ground. At approx 300' AGL, pilot tried to recover by pulling in power but acft failed to respond quicly. Pilot leveled A/C and contacted the ground at approx 80 KIAS and with considerable downward force, tearing both skids loose and T/R contacting the ground. A/C then cartwheeled forward and onto its left side causing M/R head and left front doors to tear off, continuing to roll completely over before striking a gulley and coming to a halt and catching fire.

19 MAY 70

1LT Lanny G. Ladouceur [P]
CPT John S. Sprewell [P]
PFC Richard L. Herrington Jr [CE]
SP5 Larry E. Stone [G]

Dinh Tuong Province

135 AHC
#66-00527
Shot down by quad .50 cal 3 miles E of Cai Ba.

18 MAY 70

WO1 Albert B. Crouch [P]

Kien Hoa Province

B/7/1 CAV
#66-16680
A/C was Chalk 3 on an ARVN insertion. The flight went into the LZ 21 times. After dropping off ARVNs, A/C did a hovering 180 degree turn then got hit while at a hover. Pilot killed by one round in the head.

18 MAY 70

WO1 Nicholas G. Saunders [AC]
WO1 Robert K. Cole [CP]
SGT Carlton C. Gray [G]
1LT John E. Darling Jr
SGT Harry J. Stone
CE injured

Thua Thien Province

C/158 AVN
#68-16375
A/C crashed during a re-supply mission in the Ripcord area.

15 MAY 70

SP5 Theodore W. High IV [MD]
3 injured
SP5 Jack L. Wolfe*

Phu Yen Province

254 MED DET
#69-15015
A/C hit by two B-40 rocket propelled grenades while on a medevac mission. *SP5 Wolfe may have injured on this mission, he died of wounds on 27 JUN 70.

15 MAY 70

PFC John R. Stinn [G]
SSG Arnold L. Robbins
SGT Melvin R. Thomas
5 injured

Cambodia

C/229 AVN
#68-15728
Upon landing at LZ, A/C was hit with an RPG.

14 MAY 70

WO1 Raymond H. Krug Jr [P]
CPT Thomas J. Larkin II [AC]
SP4 Kent C. Taylor [CE]
PFC Charles D. Blair [G]
MAJ James R. Barton
2 ARVN officers killed

Cambodia

187 AHC
#67-17767
A/C left Tay Ninh with an American advisor and 2 ARVN officers for VR mission in Cambodia. Crash was discovered at 1800 hours. M/R struck tailboom 3 times, one time near 42 deg gear box, one time near synch elevator and third time was near tailboom attachment points. M/R mast separation occurred sending acft into near vertical descent, rolling to left, struck the ground on its left side and bounced to a final resting point on its left side approx 10m NE of the initial impact point.

14 MAY 70

WO1 Stephen C. Chasin [P]
WO1 Jack R. Smith [P]
SP5 Herman Serna [CE]
CPL James Portwood Jr [G]

Cambodia

116 AHC
#68-16205
Flight was coming out of an LZ when they started receiving .51 cal fire. A/C received a number of hits and the remainder of the flight climbed into an overcast sky. Pilot started an autorotation and the A/C went inverted just before ground contact.

13 MAY 70

WO1 Richard A. Henke [P]
WO1 Fredrick W. Sheffield [P]
SP4 Ernest L. Johns [CE]
SP4 Sidney W. Jarrell [G]
PFC Derek W. Patrick

Quang Ngai Province

174 AHC
#66-00662
A/C crashed after having hydraulics failure and cyclic hardover south of FSB 411 on MSR near Quang Ngai.

13 MAY 70

1LT Claude H. Cargile [AC]
WO1 Donald R. White [CP]
PFC LeRoy F. Martinez [G]
3 injured

Quang Tin Province

123 AVN
#66-17132
As the A/C lifted off from the PZ with 4 crewmen and 9 ARVN troops aboard, it lost engine RPM and fell out of the sky, impacting in a nose-high, right bank attitude. A/C continued in forward motion until it hit an embankment and rolled.

12 MAY 70

CW3 Glenn A. Adams [AC]
BG Carroll E. Adams Jr [P]
CPT Raymond R. Dulak Jr [P]
SP5 Steven R. Renner [CE]
SP4 James H. Rawson [G]
MG John A.B. Dillard
LTC Fred V. Cole
CPT William D. Booth
CSM Griffith A. Jones
1 injured

Pleiku Province

937 ENG
#68-16342
A/C was shot down while on recon of Highway 509 about 10 miles SW of Pleiku.

12 MAY 70

WO1 David A. Gallion [AC]
WO1 Steven C. Seeman [CP]
SP4 Ronald J. Milne [CE]

Kien Giang Province

336 AHC
#69-15151
A/C was on resupply mission to an ARVN outpost that was under attack approx 24km W of Kien Long. On approach A/C received light arms fire. Pilot was hit and slumped forward in his seat on the flight controls. A crewmember tried to pull him off the contorls, but A/C nosed toward the ground and crashed.

10 MAY 70

WO1 Alfred J. Gaidis [AC]
1LT Phillip N. Schmitz [CP]
SP4 John A. Largent [CE]
SP4 Charles A. Covey [C]
PFC James A. Blackmon

Quang Tri Province

237 MED DET
#67-17673
A/C shot down and crashed into column of D/1-11 soldiers enroute from FSB Fuller to the Khe Gio Bridge. Two soldiers killed in the column were PFC James A. Blackmon and CPL Robert B. Luther.

10 MAY 70

MAJ Allan L. Smith [AC]
CPT Eddie Molino Jr [CP]
SP4 Gary A. Turnbull [CE]
SP4 John W. Merschman [G]

Cambodia

C/7/1 CAV
#68-16599
Flying C&C when A/C lost a M/R blade. Thrown blade caused by the hole in the end of the blade for the balancing weight bolt, for this particular lot number blade, had been over drilled by 1/16".

09 MAY 70

WO1 Terry L. Henry [P]
SP4 Stephen H. Haight [CE]
SP4 Kris M. Perdomo [G]

Vinh Binh Province

191 AHC
#66-15148
A/C crashed and exploded about 5 miles SW of the city of Phy Vinh.

09 MAY 70

1LT Colin P. Hurd [AC]
WO1 John D. McCluskey [CP]
SP4 Johnny L. Fulton [CE]
PFC David J. Corpus [G]
SP5 Christopher J. Childs III
SP5 Douglas J. Itri
SP4 Ronald S. Lowe
PFC Raymond L. Paradis
SP4 Larry C. Young

Pleiku Province

189 AHC
#65-10079
Shot down returning to Pleiku from Ple Mei or Du Co.

08 MAY 70

1LT Merlin G. Orr [AC]
1LT Gary D. Frasher [CP]
CPL Frankie C. Vassaur [G]

Tay Ninh Province

A/25 AVN
#69-15058
A/C shot down while on an emergency resupply mission.

07 MAY 70

WO1 Lawrence J. Herman III [AC]
WO1 Robert P. Sheppard [CP]
SP5 William A. Peyton [CE]
PFC Richard J. Barber
SP4 Wayne R. Bebo
SP4 Arthur N. Kangas
SGT John J. McCarthy
G injured

Pleiku Province

61 AVN
#68-16396
A/C crashed during a Cambodian mission.

06 MAY 70

CW2 Richard C. Worthington Jr [AC]
WO1 Robert L. Kirk [CP]
WO1 Larrie J. Landersheim [PP]
SP4 William C. Weiss Jr [CE]
SGT Frank S. Hernandez [G]

Quang Tri Province

B/158 AVN
#68-15663
Mid-air with UH-1 #66-16707 while laying smoke and crashed.

WO1 Roger B. Baxter [P]
CW2 Clifford E. Poe Jr [P]
SP5 Allen G. Kinne [CE]

C/158 AVN
#66-16707
Mid-air with UH-1 #68-15663 while laying smoke and crashed.

06 MAY 70

WO1 William J. Mitton [AC]
SP4 Paul H. Kriegel* [G]
2 crewmembers injured

Cambodia

92 AHC
#68-15412
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
Died instantly due to a head wound on takeoff from an LZ. *Gunner died 7 days later of injuries.

05 MAY 70

CW2 Craig J. Fox [P]
WO1 Thomas M. McDonald [P]
SP5 David C. Gunderson [CE]

Binh Long Province

116 AHC
#64-14189
A/C shot down, crashed and burned at Michelin Rubber Plantation during a gun run.

04 MAY 70

1LT Larry F. Mattingly [AC]
CW2 Tommy L. Kearsley [CP]
SGT Thomas O. Ahlberg [CE]
SGT Rodney A. Taylor [G]
SGT Dean L. Aitken [AO]

Thua Thien Province

A/101 AVN
#68-16244 "COMANCHERO 20"
Flare malfunction caused fire and during descent had a mid-air with AH-1G #67-15620. A/C crashed and burned after loss of M/R.

02 MAY 70

CW2 Michael B. Varnado [P]
SP4 Rodney L. Griffin
SP4 Bunyan D. Price Jr
CPT Dale W. Richardson
CPT Robert M. Young
3 injured

Cambodia

B/229 AHB
#68-16512
A/C departed Tay Ninh on a logistics mission to FSB Bruiser. During the flight, A/C encountered a heavy rainstorm, and while trying to locate the FSB in the zero visibility caused by the weather conditions, crossed the Cambodian border. It was struck by enemy radar guided .60 caliber AAA gun fire which ignited flammable material in the rear of the A/C. A/C landed in a rice paddy near the city of Memot. Varnado and Young died as POW's.

30 APR 70

SP4 William A. Meister [G]

Thua Thien Province

A/101 AVN
No details.

30 APR 70

WO1 John R. Smith [AC]
SP5 Donald R. Marlow [CE]
SP5 Kevin R. Keleher [MD]
SP4 Luis A. Santellano
P injured

Binh Tuy Province

45 MED
#66-16793
A/C was picking up a wounded 25 INF soldier from an NVA bunker complex near Ham Tam. A/C took numerous .51 cal hits killing MD and PAX. Pilot tried to make it to the surgical hospital with wounded but engine and hydraulics quit causing A/C to crash into trees, rolled and burned well east of Xuan Loc (ZT006062).

27 APR 70

CPT John R. Hill [AC]
SP4 Zettie J.C. Dulin [CE]
PFC Randall W. Love [MD]
CP rescued

Thua Thien Province

237 MED DET
#67-17626 "DUSTOFF 712"
A/C was returning to Quang Tri on a medevac mission when it crashed into the sea. All survived crash but drowned trying to reach land.

27 APR 70

CW2 Robert W. Gardner [AC]
WO1 Stanley J. Miller Jr [CP]
SP5 George W. Tom [CE]
CPT Carl N. Fisher Jr [OB]
LTC Gerald E. McKay
MAJ James A. Russ
CSM James H. Palmer
CPT Roy V. Gray

Pleiku Province

281 AHC
#66-00870
A/C shot down by small arms fire near Tuy Hoa on recon mission looking for AA gun site.

26 APR 70

WO1 Gerard F. O'Connor [AC]
P, CE & G injured

Kien Hoa Province

162 AHC
#66-15214
AC was in process of destroying an enemy bunker flying on a SW to NE course line breaking left to disengage. Began rocket attack at approx 400' MSL. A/C fired two rockets that missed high. Started second run closer to trees and while turning left, flared in an attempt to gain altitude but hit the trees with forward airspeed and plunged through the trees in a level attitude for approx 30m, rolling on its left side and burst into flames.

25 APR 70

WO1 Rodney K. Arnold [P]
SFC James H. Brooks
SP6 James T. Conway

Binh Duong Province

HHC 15 MED
#68-16429
A/C crashed during a post-maintenance test flight performing an N1 topping check. At approx 1100 hours, A/C was seen spinning to the right at approx 1200' AGL and stop spinning at approx 700' AGL. At 400' AGL it began to spin again and crashed in a rubber plantation 8000m SW of Phuoc Vinh.

25 APR 70

WO1 William W. Noetzel [AC]

Quang Ngai Province

176 AHC
#68-15376
T/R hit a tree during liftoff out of an LZ causing A/C to roll over and crash.

25 APR 70

WO1 Robert L. Pierce [AC]
CPT William R. McKibben [CP]
SP4 Gus Smith Jr [CE]
PFC Norman D. Adkins [G]

Kontum Province

189 AHC
#66-15158
A/C shot down south of Dak Seang.

24 APR 70

SP4 Michael P. Ginn [CE]

Kontum Province

170 AHC
#67-17232
Making a resupply/medevac from a hill north of Dak Seang when they came under fire. CE was killed instantly by a bullet in the head. A/C caught fire was sat down and burned completely.

23 APR 70

SP5 Loran E. Sweat Jr [MD]

Kontum Province

283 MED DET
No details.

20 APR 70

CW2 Marlin J. Johnson [AC]
WO1 Darek N. Richardson [CP]

Cambodia

155 AHC
#68-16328
Hit in cockpit at hover with B-40 on hot LRRP extraction in Cambodia NW of Duc Lap rolled inverted and crashed on nose.

19 APR 70

WO1 Charles A. Businda [CP]
SP4 Stanley Wilenski Jr [CE]
SP4 Lawrence L. Hensey Jr [G]
AC injured

Pleiku Province

119 AHC
#66-16586
A/C was en route from Pleiku south to Cheo Reo 100' or so above the main road in an area that was notoriously a cold area. NVA had setup a .51 cal position just off the road and when the A/C passed over they fired on it from the rear when it was pretty much a stationary target. A/C hit the ground just west of the road.

19 APR 70

WO1 William H. Stepp* [AC]
SP4 Clarence E. Umstot [CE]
SP4 Gerald D. Gray [G]
1 injured

Kontum Province

170 AHC
#68-16578
A/C was on ground in Dak Seang when a 105 recoilless round hit A/C blowing it up. *Stepp died 41 days later of burns.

19 APR 70

WO1 Ronald B. Stillions [P]
1 injured

Bien Hoa Province

135 AHC
#68-16530
A/C was on a 90-day check ride and was performing a hydraulics off landing when they lost rotor RPM, hit trees and ground. A/C bounced and left skid hung on a tree stump causing A/C to rotate 215 deg counter-clockwise before contacting ground again and burst into flames. Pilot died later of burns received in crash.

17 APR 70

WO1 Dean A. Harig [AC]
WO1 Frederick M. Simeonoff [CP]
SP4 William K. Hunter [CE]
SGT Frederick C. Marsh [G]
CW2 Alvin E. Cross [PP]
CPT Howard R. Andrews Jr
PFC Howard D. Landry
SGT Jack D. Tuggle Jr
SP4 Michael J. Weik
CPT Robert J. Zonne Jr

Bien Hoa Province

A/25 AVN
#67-17706
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
A/C departed Red Carpet helipad at 1812 hours enroute to Cu Chi Base Camp. While flying at approx 70' AGL, A/C struck two steel cables, the first striking the center of the nose cutting the radio compartment cover in half, then sliding up over the roof cutting the UHF antenna and air vents, then into the controls of the A/C cutting the fore/aft and lateral cyclic servos. The tension of the mast gave the A/C an excessive nose high attitude at which the M/R blade struck the wire, shattering the blade and breaking the wire. The second wire, which was growing taut, pulled the A/C into a nose low attitude, broke due to stress from the weight and velocity sending the A/C into the Song Dong Nai River vertically, nose first.

16 APR 70

SP4 Ralph E. Reed [CE]

Kontum Province

189 AHC
No details.

15 APR 70

WO1 John H. Pohlman [P]

Tay Ninh Province

A/229 AHB
#68-16209
A/C was the Flare Ship operating around FSB Atkinson. Pilot did an autorotation to the berm of the FSB and ran into upslope with rotor blades. During egress, pilot was struck in the head by M/R blade.

15 APR 70

CW2 Albert L. Barthelme Jr [AC]
SP5 Rosendo Montana
CE & G injured, P POW
2 ARVN PAX killed
4 ARVN PAX injured

Kontum Province

170 AHC
#68-16203
A/C was second acft in lift to approach LZ and was hit by ground fire during landing and crashed and burned while inserting ARVNs.

13 APR 70

SP5 Stanley W. Crawford [CE]
PFC James A. Hulsey [G]
2 injured

Kien Tuong Province

114 AHC
#66-16363
A/C departed Moc Hoa airfield and spotted a Sampan, descended to 15-20' above the river. At 90-95 KIAS, the crew turned their heads to the left and the A/C impacted the water and sank in 15-20' of water. CE & Gunner's bodies recovered 2 days later.

13 APR 70

CW2 Ralph C. Embrey II [P]

Phong Dinh Province

191 AHC
Killed by enemy ground fire near Phuong Hiep.

12 APR 70

CPT George H. Adams [AC]
CPT James M. Atchison [P]
SP4 Cleve D. Miller [G]
SP4 Dionisio Carrizales [C]
CE injured

Tay Ninh Province

ACT/11 ACR
#68-16387
A/C crashed at speed in a nose-low attitude due to push/pull tubes shot out by ground fire while on sniffer mission west of An Loc. CE was thrown out of A/C and survived with minor injuries.

11 APR 70

SP5 Bradford G. Racey [CE]

Binh Dinh Province

129 AHC
No details.

07 APR 70

1LT Douglas G. MacNeil [P]

Tay Ninh Province

159 MED DET
#69-15038
Pilot received a .50 cal through his chicken plate while on ground during routine mission to secure LZ, VC popped up out of spider hole.

02 APR 70

SP4 Thomas J. Silva [CE]
SP5 Clyde L. Coffman [G]
SGT William L. Vaspory [G]
P & CP injured

Ba Xugen Province

121 AHC
#66-16991
A/C hit in the cabin by a B-40 rocket, crashed and burned.

31 MAR 70

SP4 Kimball H. Sheldon [CE]
10 ARVN PAX killed
3 injured

Kien Hoa Province

335 AHC
#68-16076
While on a combat assault the A/C was sitting on the ground in the PZ when it was hit by an RPG. Shortly after that the A/C rose from the ground uncontrolled, hit on the right rear side, then rapidly flipped to a final rest on its left. The fuel tanks blew and it was completely destroyed, killing the CE and all 10 of the ARVN grunts on board.

28 MAR 70

CW2 Willard L. Clemons* [IP]
WO1 Donald W. Cook [P]

Bien Hoa Province

135 AHC
#68-15244
A/C was on a 90-day standardization check ride and was performing a hydraulics failure when the engine failed on downwind leg at approx 600' AGL. Pilot attempted to land on a narrow dirt road but fell short. A/C bounced and rolled left and landed inverted and burst into flames. *IP died later of burns received in crash.

24 MAR 70

CPT Michael D. O'Donnell [AC]
CW3 John C. Hosken [CP]
SSG Rudy M. Becerra [CE]
SSG Berman Ganoe Jr [G]
SFC John A. Boronski
SFC Gary A. Harned
CPT Jerry L. Pool

Cambodia

170 AHC
#68-15262
Picked up SF team. A/C began its ascent when it was hit by enemy fire, an explosion in the A/C was seen. The A/C continued in flight for about 300 meters, then another explosion occurred causing the A/C to crash in the jungle. Crew remains repatriated on 12 Apr 1995.

22 MAR 70

WO1 Michael J. Hatfield [P]
4 injured

Binh Tuy Province

190 AHC
#65-09629
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
Single ship hover down LZ - rocky ledge surrounded by jungle. RPG hit left rear crew compartment blowing off tailboom, engine and rotor system.

21 MAR 70

CPT Gary J. Barnett [P]
CPT Robert S. Richmond [P]
SP5 Richard L. Ehnes [CE]
PFC Clifford N. Green [CE]
SP4 Ronald W. William [G]

Thua Thien Province

A/158 AVN
#67-17648
A/C shot down attempting to resupply 101 FB on eastern slope of A Shau Valley.

21 MAR 70

SP4 Buford E. Sumner [CE]

Quang Ngai Province

71 AHC
No details.

20 MAR 70

CW2 James E. Schunemann [P]
1 injured

Dinh Tuong Province

135 AHC
Hit with a single small arms round behind his chicken plate.

17 MAR 70

SP4 Ray Murphy [CE]
LTC Robert J. Thomas
6 injured

Quang Tin Province

A/123 AVN
#68-16262 SKATER 62
A/C crashed into the mountains during IFR while on a C&C mission, approx 7 miles west of Chu Lai. A/C struck several trees on a steep hillside while angled slightly upward, broke apart on impact, rolled down the slope, and came to rest inverted.

15 MAR 70

WO1 Robert F. Young [AC]
3 crewmembers injured

Phuoc Long Province

A/227 AHB
#66-01185
A/C hit by B40 rocket.

15 MAR 70

WO1 Paul R. Moran [P]

Tay Ninh Province

A/229 AHB
A/C took a 51 cal. in the chin bubble, which penetrated pilot's thigh and then struck him in the face.

14 MAR 70

WO1 John P. Malloy [AC]
5 injured

Phuoc Long Province

B/229 AHB
#67-17785
At kick out LZ, A/C settled into trees from hover and crashed.

12 MAR 70

WO1 Leonard D. Cunningham [AC]
WO1 Jay T. Dandurand [CP]
SP4 Gary D. McNicol [CE]
SP4 Charles H. Cummings [G]
CPL Lester V. Cafiero
CPL Aaron L. Darr
SSG Jose O. Garcia
CPL Terry E. Guenther
PFC Walter J. Hampton
SSG Edward W. Holmes
CPL Olin J. Leonard
SGT Ronny D. Shattuck
SP4 Veney E. Thompson

Phuoc Tuy Province

128 AHC
#66-01207
3 minutes after lift-off from the PZ, CHALK 4 radioed an engine failure and was going into the trees. A/C decelerated rapidly and had near-zero forward velocity when the tailboom impacted a tree top, spinning the A/C and sending it into the trees in a nose-low attitude, resulting in an explosion falling to the ground.

10 MAR 70

CW2 Dominic N. Scatuorchio Jr [AC]

Kien Giang Province

336 AHC
Shot in combat action around the Bac Lu AO.

10 MAR 70

CPT William Lorimer IV [P]

Tay Ninh Province

C/229 AHB
Pilot was killed by enemy fire on an airmobile operation when bullet penetrated flak jacket seam.

08 MAR 70

1LT Jacob L. Kinser [AC]
WO1 David K. Erenstoft [CP]
SP5 William R. Rogne [CE]
SP4 Wim Goeree [G]
5 ARVN PAX killed
1 ARVN PAX injured

Quang Duc Province

155 AVN
#68-15540
A/C was lead in flight of four acft moving ARVN troops from Ban Me Thout East to Duc Lap. Flew into tree line in heavy fog while making a left 180 degree turn.

07 MAR 70

WO1 Stephen L. Lane [AC]
WO1 Paul J. James [CP]

Quang Ngai Province

71 AHC
#68-16284
Crashed during a CA to a mountaintop LZ, possible T/R failure.

05 MAR 70

CW2 Charles G. Dougan [P]
1LT Robert I. Rabb [P]
SGT James L. Howell [CE]
SP4 James D. Smith [G]

Phuoc Long Province

195 AHC
#64-14120
Hit by RPG on gun run west of Quan Loi and exploded 3 times before impact.

03 MAR 70

WO1 James E. Burton Jr [P]

Quang Tri Province

B/158 AHB
#68-15663
Hit by a single AK-47 round.

03 MAR 70

CW2 Richard V. Pawlak [AC]
WO1 Jared B. Walding [CP]
SP4 Paul D. Brummet
SP4 Danny D. Hanks
SP4 George G. Karr

Thua Thien Province

HHB/4/77 ARA
#68-15571
Crashed into a hill at night after leaving LZ Evans to go to LZ Sally with security element for other 4/77 ARA aircraft.

01 MAR 70

CW2 Larry D. Leitch [P]
1 injured

Khanh Hoa Province

48 AHC
#68-15681
Lost power on CA insertion - rotor blade hit boulders in LZ & whipped thru greenhouse hitting pilot in head breaking neck.

27 FEB 70

CPT Richard S. Bovio [P]

Khanh Hoa Province

281 AHC
A/C was flying a combat aviation mission near Khanh Hoa when he was critically wounded.

27 FEB 70

CW2 Richard J. Connelly [AC]
WO1 James T. Pace [CP]
SP5 Ronald W. Stafford [CE]
SP4 Ronald L. McCormick [G]
SP5 Daniel V. Proctor [G]
SP4 Gary L. Swartz [C]

Ba Xugen Province

336 AHC
#65-12885
While flying light ship, hit by B-40 rocket and exploded in the air.

27 FEB 70

SP4 Mark S. Miles [G]

Chuong Thien Province

336 AHC
No details.

26 FEB 70

SP4 Mark S. Diorio [CE]

Tay Ninh Province

A/1/9 CAV
No details.

24 FEB 70

SP4 Lawrence E. Lundgren [CE]

Thua Thien Province

C/2/17 CAV
No details.

23 FEB 70

WO1 Paul E. Dolik [P]
WO1 Joseph F. Erickson [P]
SP5 David J. Nachtigall [CE]
SP4 Calvin E. Serain [G]

Khanh Hoa Province

155 AHC
#66-00518
Trail ship on a graduation exercise insert for the ARVN ranger training group at Nha Trang. Found bullet holes in tailboom.

23 FEB 70

WO1 Edward B. Melody [P]

Phong Dinh Province

162 AHC
A/C was accompanying gunships on a last light recon south of Can Tho and was orbiting at 1500' when pilot was struck in the head by enemy ground fire.

22 FEB 70

SP4 Mark A. Jenewein [G]

Kien Hoa Province

135 AHC
A/C received hostile fire and gunner was killed.

19 FEB 70

SP4 Thomas H. Furnish [G]
3 injured

Kien Tuong Province

335 AHC
#63-08685
A/C was flying 10-15' above river when it impacted and immediately sank.

19 FEB 70

SP4 James R. Hardin [CE]
8 injured

Quang Tin Province

F/8 CAV
#68-16327
A/C was extracting Blues and received heavy SA fire on liftoff and experienced rotor difficulties and crashed.

18 FEB 70

WO1 Paul E. Ash Jr [AC]
WO1 Eric W. Taylor [CP]
SP4 Maxie D. Linam [G]
PFC James R. Clark
PFC James N. Diedrich
5 injured

Quang Duc Province

A/227 AHB
#68-15251
Shot down while supplying ammo to troops in Cambodia.

17 FEB 70

WO1 James T. Bateman [P]
1LT Arlen D. Richardson [P]
SP4 Jack L. Drye [CE]
SP4 John L. Mitchell [G]
SP4 Karl E. Brown
SP4 Samuel James Jr
CPL George G. Mitchell
SP4 Thomas H. Freasier
CPL Ronald L. Means
SFC James B.L. Gordon Jr
SP4 Theodore A. Williams

Quang Ngai Province

B/123 AVN
#67-17175
A/C crashed at approx 1110 hours due to transmission seizure in Quang Nghai area.

14 FEB 70

WO1 Thomas A. Guenther [P]
WO1 Eldon R. Payne [P]
SP5 Michael A. Hughey [CE]
SSG Bobbie H. Brewer [G]
CPT Ronald G. Neubauer
SGT Kenneth L. Delaney

Khanh Hoa Province

281 AHC
#66-17127
A/C lost T/R on sniffer mission, crashed into a mountain SW of Nha Trang and burned.

14 FEB 70

SGT Henry L. Aderholt* [G]

Vietnam

119 AHC
#66-16586
Gunner was shot and fell out into LZ Challenge. *He died on 12DEC72 of abdomen and spinal cord wounds.

12 FEB 70

CPT John M. Gibbons [AC]

Quang Ngai Province

174 AHC
#66-01022
A/C was lead on a two-ship movement of troops from one location to another. Killed by enemy fire, head wound while inserting troops in a hot LZ.

11 FEB 70

WO1 Richard B. Davis Jr [P]
CPT Thomas L. Norwood Jr [P]
SP4 Timothy L. McCurley [CE]
PFC Lannie R. Anderson [G]

Binh Dinh Province

170 AHC
#66-15093
Hit by friendly fire from bunker line at green line.

10 FEB 70

CW2 Bobby G. Frost [AC]
MAJ Ronald B. Baker [CP]
SP5 Raymond G. Miles [CE]
SP5 Duane L. Richard [G]
SGT Ricky L. Bowden
LCDR George R. Matthews (USN)
CPT John V. Francis (USMC)
SK3 David F. Schuette (USN)
SN Timothy J. Green (USN)
SN Joel R. Stepp (USN)
LTJG Robert G. Browne (USN)
SP4 John Maynard

Quang Nam Province

335 TRANS CO
#66-16664
A/C departed Ky Ha helipad at approx 0815 hours on a courier run to DaNang. A/C was flying low level at approx 100-300' and 80 KIAS when it experienced a T/R malfunction. Airspeed dissipated and nose began to tuck under and began a spin to the right. A/C then exprienced an extreme nose high attitude, M/R hub and blades separated and severed the T/B section, fuselage rolled to left and turned upside down and contacted the ground inverted, and fire resulted.

08 FEB 70

SP4 Lee M. Leshen [C]

Bien Hoa Province

128 AHC
A full pod of 2.75 in rockets was inadvertently fired into the revetment wall while the A/C was undergoing daily maintenance. Leshen was standing behind the rocket pod when they went off and he died from the extensive burns he received.

08 FEB 70

SP4 Bradley A. Kinder [G]
3 injured

Thua Thien Province

A/158 AHB
#66-16848
Accident occurred during a resupply mission in support of A/326 ENG BN. A/C had been unloaded of its cargo of wood planking on the log pad. AC brought the acft to a hover and after being cleared, began a slow left pedal turn in order to be in the most favorable take-off position. As A/C completed approx 10 deg of a 90 deg left turn, it began to roll to the right. AC countered this force by applying gradual and finally full left cyclic, with no apparent effect. Pilot began to lower the collective in an attempt to land, and then A/C shuddered as the advancing right blade struck the ground, rolled onto its' top right side and began to burn. The 2 pilots and CE evacuated, but the gunner had been pinned under the wreckage. Ground personnel tried to free the trapped gunner, but the intense heat made rescue impossible.

06 FEB 70

WO1 Tarry T. O'Reilly [P]
SP5 Frank M. Kaiser [CE]
SP5 Alan H. Johnson [G]
1LT Raymond J. DiLorenzo
1 PAX killed
1 injured

Binh Dinh Province

281 AHC
#68-16525
A/C was on a support mission for MACV Team 42. A/C was traveling at 200-300' AGL when witnesses noticed the nose pitch up and then made a descending left turn. Smoke or fire was coming from the cowling below the swashplate. A/C descended with excessive forward airspeed, struck the ground, right skid first. After impact it traveled approx 25' before hitting a 2x2' dike. It then traveled 25' where it struck a 4' bank and burst into flames. A/C began coming apart and rotor assy separated. A/C traveled approx 110' in the air before impacting again and tumbled 90' where it came to rest and burned.

06 FEB 70

WO1 Gary D. Thatcher [P]
CPT Jesse A. Wisdom [P]
SP4 Morris E. Williams [CE]
SGT Richard F. Walton [MD]

Thua Thien Province

326 MED
#68-15241
On a medevac mission, A/C arrived and entered a left hand orbit and came to a 200-300' hover w/search light on. After 10-15 seconds of hovering, A/C began to accelerate as though he had decided to attempt another pass. A/C passed to the south of the church (PZ) and entered a steep left turn. A/C then appeared on the north side of church in a descending steep left bank which continued until ground contact against a hillside below the ground level of church. A/C impacted in a nose-low approx 80 degree left bank.

05 FEB 70

CPT James M. Lyon [P]
3 crewmembers POW

Thua Thien Province

HHC 2 BDE
#68-16441
A/C was on a maintenance mission from Hue to Phy Bai. When the A/C was about 18 miles NW of Hue City, caught fire and crashed, due to a malfunction.

01 FEB 70

PFC James C. Carman [G]
4 PAXs killed
6 injured

Binh Duong Province

128 AHC
#66-00981
After an explosion from within the ship, control was lost and the A/C turned over on its right side.

31 JAN 70

WO1 Philippe L. Hermes [AC]
CPT Donald L. Swanson [CP]
SP4 Mahlon R. Arnett [G]
PFC Paul H. Cardenas Jr
SP4 Blaine W. Enos Jr
PFC O'Neil J. Pellegrin Jr

Thua Thien Province

C/158 AVN
#68-15563
A/C hit by an RPG while landing in a hot LZ during air assault mission.

31 JAN 70

CW2 Ronald J. Fulton [AC]
2LT Michael L. Arrants [CP]
SGT Jerald D. West [CE]
SGT John T. Rodgers [G]
CPT John L. Beek
CPT Paul B. Bowman
CPT Jerry D. Denny

Tay Ninh Province

B/25 AVN
#68-15462
A/C shot down, crashed and burned.

25 JAN 70

SP5 Ronald D. Heck [CE]
1 injured

Long An Province

118 AHC
#66-15132
A/C was hit in the left side causing an explosion.

24 JAN 70

SP4 Nathaniel Thomas [G]
CPT William A. Griffis III
3 injured

Dinh Tuong Province

A/7/1 CAV
#67-17559
Killed when a booby trapped enemy ammunition container exploded within the A/C.

14 JAN 70

WO1 John M. Rizzo Jr [AC]
SP4 Gerald L. Schwuchow [CE]
SP5 Clarence S. Turner III [G]
CPL William Little
P injured

Binh Dinh Province

A/101 AVN
#67-17349
A/C shot down.

11 JAN 70

SP4 Edward J. Hamrick [CE]
3 injured

Binh Dinh Province

134 AHC
#66-15151
A/C was assisting a Dustoff mission when bad weather was encountered and acft turned back. They attempted again with #151 leading. Pilot approached ridge line at a high airspeed, trying to make it over ridge before weather closed in. A/C went IFR at approx 1445 hours and attempted to climb out and pick up Phu Cat AB for GCA. At 1448 hours, trail ship tried to contact lead with negative results. A/C wreckage was found 2 days later.

10 JAN 70

CPT Herbert C. Crosby [AC]
CW3 George A. Howes [CP]
SFC Wayne C. Allen [CE]
SFC Francis G. Graziosi [G]

Quang Tin Province

71 AHC
#66-00739
A/C was flight lead in a flight of 3 returning from Tien Phuoc to the unit base at Chu Lai. Due to IFR, helicopters changed frequencies to contact Chu Lai approach control, radio contact was lost with A/C and was not regained.

08 JAN 70

CW2 Steven M. Brown [AC]
WO1 Gale W. Butcher Jr [CP]
SP5 Kenneth T. Kleppin [CE]
SP4 William E. Barnes [G]
2LT Wayne M. Cole
CPT David W. Coppernoll
MSG Harold K. Rappaport
EM1 James C. Mitchell Jr

Kien Phong Province

114 AHC
#66-16871
A/C shot down and crashed in the Mekong River.

05 JAN 70

CPT Hubert F. Brinson [P]

Phong Dinh Province

162 AHC
Hit in the throat by a single round while covering a defoliation mission. Died before the crew could get medical help.

03 JAN 70

WO1 Richard T. Derosier [P]
CPT Stewart R. Moody [OB]

Sa Dec Province

D/3/5 CAV
#68-15220
Rotor separation on a maintenance test flight south of Vinh Long Airfield.

03 JAN 70

SP4 Lawrence R. Warf [G]

Pleiku Province

A/4 AVN BN
No details.

02 JAN 70

1LT Robert E. Carmichael [AC]
LTC Roger W. Kvernes [CP]
WO1 Dennis E. Debner [P]
SFC Eddie L. Spivey [CE]

Bac Lieu Province

B/227 AVN
#66-00726
A/C was conducting a "Nighthawk" night operation, testing the INFANT system. A/C entered a gun run from approx 1000'. Wingman watched as the A/C leveled off at about 300' before entering a high-speed descent ending with ground impact, exploding and burning.

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