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UH-1 Vietnam Losses }->

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

Date

Name(s)

Location

Insignia

Notes

31 DEC 71

SP4 Robert L. Denmark [CE]
G injured

Quang Tri Province

D/3/5 CAV
#66-16158 "CHARLIEHORSE 26"
A/C was on a recon mission near the tri-border area of Vietnam with 2 Cobras and a LOH when it was shot down by AA fire near abandonded Marine base at Khe Sanh. A/C autorotated to a small clearing and CE dismounted his M60 and was shot point blank by NVA hiding in the tall grass.

02 DEC 71

WO1 John M. Hiebert [AC]
WO1 Thomas H. Foley [CP]
SP4 Marvin R. Keeter [CE]
SP4 William T. Warren Jr [G]

Kien Giang Province

114 AHC
#68-16583
M/R blade struck vertical fin of A/C #69-15777 causing separation of the mast and M/R. Fuselage went inverted, hit the ground and exploded.

15 NOV 71

WO1 Thomas J. Puff [AC]
WO1 Vincent P. Martin Jr [CP]
SP4 Daniel S. Brooker [CE]
SP4 John A. Charnoplosky [G]

Tay Ninh Province

187 AHC
#66-00995
Mid-air with UH-1H #69-15378. A/C was lead in flight of two, lost M/R blades after coming in contact with wing ship.

10 NOV 71

WO1 Francis J. Klassen [AC]
CW2 James P. Delaney [CP]
SP4 Henry F. Dellecker [CE]
SGT Dennis M. Higgins [TO]
SP4 John M. Clark [G]
LT Raymon H. James Jr
1 ARVN PAX killed

Gia Dinh Province

334 AHC
#66-16036
A/C had a transmission failure, departing orbit in a descending left turn which continued to ground impact.

06 NOV 71

CW2 Rolin J. Crosby [P]

Kien Giang Province

48 AHC
No details.

22 OCT 71

WO1 Roy D. Barnes [AC]
WO1 Pat G. Brannon [CP]
SP5 Daniel G. Dye [CE]
SGT Randall E. Maggio
4 injured

Quang Ngai Province

116 AHC
#66-16917
A/C was on a resupply mission when bad weather forced A/C to abort mission. Upon reattempting mission via alternate route, A/C was forced to fly low level through a valley. A/C entered IFR and crashed into the side of the valley.

22 OCT 71

1LT William R. Lewis Jr [AC]
CW2 Anthony J. Mensen [CP]
SP4 Billy V. Morris [CE]
SP4 Anton J. Schnobrich [MD]
2 PAX killed
2 PAX injured

Quang Ngai Province

68 MED DET
#69-15080
After picking up ARVN wounded at night, crashed into mountainside SW of Chu Lai in very bad weather.

18 OCT 71

1LT Robert J. Barton [AC]
SP4 Wesley S. Shelton [CE]
SP4 Patrick J. Breslin [G]
1 injured

Quang Tin Province

176 AHC
#68-15237
Hit water and crashed flying low level around perimeter at night in bad weather.

17 OCT 71

WO1 Jack E. Searing [P]
1LT Robert M. Webb Jr [P]
SGT Alvis T. Barrington Jr [CE]
SP5 Wallace J. Depreo [CE]
SP4 Barry L. Brown [G]

Thua Thien Province

A/101 AVN
#67-19497
Crash resulting from inadvertent IFR at night while on a flare mission about 10 mi W of Camp Eagle.

13 OCT 71

CW2 Ronald K. Schulz [AC]
WO1 John S. Chrin [CP]
SP4 Michael L. Darrah [CE]
SGT Hugo A. Gaytan [MD]
PFC Ricky A. Pate [C]

An Giang Province

57 MED DET
#69-15514 DUSTOFF 71
A/C was on a medevac mission near the village of Chau Duc on the Cambodian Border and in an area known as the "Seven Sisters" mountains. Flying in patchy clouds and at night, crew was apparently unaware they had drifted south and were close to the 2,330' high peak known as Dop Chompa. While in radar contact with the ground troops, but prior to making visual contact, A/C impacted the side of the mountain at an approx elevation of 2,000' and immediately burst into flames.

10 OCT 71

CW2 Chester A. Luc [P]
WO1 Thomas J. Stanush [P]
SP4 David J. Funes [CE]
SP5 Joseph M. Feeney [MD]

Thua Thien Province

HHC 326 MED
#68-16460
AC lost the horizon and the bird flew into the Dam Cau Hai Bay, 35 miles SE of Hue.

07 OCT 71

CPT Gerald F. McGlone [P]
SP5 Addison W. Page Jr [OB]
SP4 Rafael Perez-Verdeja [TO]

Phu Yen Province

134 AHC
#66-00636
A/C departed Tuy Hoa AAF and proceeded south toward Phu Hiep on a test flight for a reported high freq vibration. Pilot performed at least two trips around the abandoned airfield at Phu Hiep when A/C lost engine power. An emergency landing resulted in a crash and post-crash fire.

30 SEP 71

WO1 Thomas R. Stansbury [AC]
WO1 Frederick C. Hebert [CP]
SP4 Chris R. Behm [CE]
SP4 Ronald G. Ricks [G]

Tay Ninh Province

117 AHC
#65-09458
A/C hit by .51 cal, caught fire, lost tail boom, crashed inverted, and burned.

27 SEP 71

WO1 Steven D. Karnehm [AC]
CPT John J. Kintaro [CP]
SP4 Luis H. Campos [CE]
SGT Edwin A. Kudlacek [G]

Phuoc Long Province

187 AHC
#67-17371
A/C was returning from Song Be to Di An in a flight of 8 Crusader ships when they ran into dense IFR weather. A/C went inadvertent IFR and crashed.

25 SEP 71

WO1 John J. Miller Jr [AC]
SP4 Steven W. Neville [G]
2 crewmembers injured

Bien Hoa Province

117 AHC
#66-01079
Light ship lost power and crashed at night. Initial impact was with low trees followed by ground impact at which time the left skid and the aft crosstube separated. At that point the A/C was still relatively level, sliding on the belly until it hit a small tree and a mount of dirt which caused the A/C to yaw and roll to the left side. At this point the A/C began shedding parts and left side pilot and CE were thrown from the fuselage.

25 SEP 71

CPL Emil M. Miltnovich [G]

Quang Ngai Province

174 AHC
#522
A/C was hovering over a single ship hover hole southeast of LZ Professional when it was hit by enemy ground fire.
Last soldier from 174 AHC to die in Vietnam.

19 SEP 71

WO1 Gerald F. Vilas [AC]
SP5 Fredrick A. Thacker [CE]
SP5 Lynn Jones [G]
CP injured

Kien Giang Province

335 AHC
#65-09493
A/C shot down. AC died of gunshot wounds after the crash.

17 SEP 71

WO1 Gary W. Butler [P]
3 crew injured

Quang Ngai Province

61 AHC
#67-17318
A/C shot down while conducting a ladder insertion of ROK troops on LRRP mission. AC was struck in the neck and shoulder by a sniper which caused him to jerk the flight controls and subsequently the T/R struck a tree and the helicopter crashed inverted and erupted into flames. It landed on top of the 10-men ROK LRRP team and killed them all instantly.

04 SEP 71

SP4 James P. Pettiegrew [CE]

Quang Ngai Province

B/123 AVN
No details.

29 AUG 71

WO1 Allan L. Harris [P]

Quang Tin Province

174 AHC
Hit by .51 cal at 2,000' and 80 knots while covering extraction NW of LZ Professional.

12 AUG 71

WO1 Lawrence L. Kelly [P]
1LT John C. Thompson Jr [P]
SP5 Robert T. Nelson [CE]
SP4 Eric S. Kelly [G]
SP4 Gary L. Holian
PFC Larry McCoy
SP4 Gail L. Strickland
SSG James Wright

Quang Tri Province

D/3/5 CAV
#67-17791
Returning from mission flying at altitude along the DMZ, A/C flew thru trajectory of 122mm rocket. A/C exploded.

18 JUL 71

WO1 Jay S. Aston [P]
7 injured

Quang Nam Province

C/101 AVN
#68-15671
During lift-off, A/C was hit by enemy fire, rolled right, and crashed.

26 JUN 71

SP4 James M. Young [G]

Binh Dinh Province

129 AHC
Mortally wounded by small arms fire.

25 JUN 71

WO1 Michael R. Wilson [P]
P & CE injured

Binh Dinh Province

61 AHC
Killed on short final while flying chalk 3 on a lift carrying the elements of the Tiger Div. ROK in the Suey Coe mountains.

16 JUN 71

SGT Thomas P. Harvey [G]

Ba Xugen Province

191 AHC
A/C spotted enemy troops and started to line up gun run when gunner was shot in the head by enemy fire.

15 JUN 71

CW2 Billy D. Pedings [P]
SP5 Donald Wood [MD]

Quang Tri Province

237 MED DET
#68-15364
Crashed in LZ after small arms fire picking up ARVN. Pilot killed by M/R blade after exiting A/C.

10 JUN 71

SP5 Johnny Arthur [CE]
SP4 Louie G. Montoya [G]
AC & P rescued

Pleiku Province

192 AHC
#66-00597
Fire was seen in the area of the engine when the gunship was approx 400' AGL. A/C continued a steep descent and disappeared into the high canopy jungle followed by an explosion at ground impact.

02 JUN 71

SP4 Kevin P. Forcum [CE]

Chuong Thien Province

C/16 CAV
Mortally wounded by small arms fire.

01 JUN 71

CW2 Thomas C. Michehl [AC]
WO1 George H. Glawson Jr [CP]
SP4 Dennis L. Meduna [CE]
SP4 Scott W. Wayt [G]

Tay Ninh Province

128 AHC
#68-16313
A/C exploded in mid-air, possibly when hit by an artillery round.

25 MAY 71

MAJ William E. Adams [P]
CPT John D. Curran [P]
SP4 Melvin Robinson [CE]
SP4 Dennis C. Durand [G]
SP4 John W. Littleton [CX]

Kontum Province

A/227 AHB
#69-15704
A/C landed while under heavy fire, took the 3 wounded men aboard, and was shot down after lift-off from FB 5. CX was CE of UH-1 #67-17760 that crashed (see below).

24 MAY 71

CPT Larry R. Dewey [P]
SP4 Gerald M. Lubbehusen [G]

Kontum Province

92 AHC
#67-17760
On ammo resupply mission near FB 5 N of Pleiku when hit by mortar round on short final causing it to explode.

17 MAY 71

CW3 David P. Soyland [AC]
WO1 Dale A. Pearce [CP]
CE & G rescued

Quang Tri Province

C/158 AVN
#67-17607
A/C was hit by an RPG which severed the tailboom, causing an immediate crash. The A/C impacted on its right side on a slope, sliding downhill until it stopped at the bottom.

16 MAY 71

CW2 Craig L. Farlow [P]
CPT Joseph P. Nolan Jr [P]
SP5 Elliott Crook [CE]
SP4 Timothy J. Jacobsen [G]

Thua Thien Province

A/101 AVN
#68-15491
Shot down on CA inserting ARVN Marines near Hue. Lost rotor RPM at 250' and crashed.

16 MAY 71

SP4 Phillip C. Blackmond [C]
SP4 Leonard D. Montes [C]

Binh Duong Province

F/4 CAV
#69-15272
No details.

09 MAY 71

PFC Johnell L. Chastang [G]
3 injured

Quang Tri Province

173 AHC
#66-00696
A/C suffered compressor stall and struck water at 20 KIAS. T/B struck water while the rest of A/C was twisted to the left and onto its side.

30 APR 71

WO1 Charles T. Kallaher [AC]
SGT Harold K. Armstrong [CE]
SP4 Cantrell M. Daniel III [G]

Thua Thien Province

B/101 AVN
#68-16303
A/C crashed on the east ridge of the A Shau Valley - possible engine failure.

30 APR 71

SGT Jerry D. Helms [CE]

Binh Dinh Province

61 AHC
No details.

29 APR 71

CW2 William G. Hasselman [P]

Quang Nam Province

282 AHC
Walked into the T/R on maintenance post flight inspection at 1900 hrs in Da Nang.

24 APR 71

WO1 Gabriel A. Jeffries Jr [AC]
CPT Martin V. Fanning [CP]
SGT Richard E. Colburn
8 injured

Long Khanh Province

A/229 AHB
#69-15692
A/C had engine failure on take off from FSB Fontaine and crashed.

23 APR 71

SP5 Michael L. Brummer [CE]
SP4 David P. Medina [CE]
SP5 Robert F. Speer [MD]
AC & CP injured

Thua Thien Province

326 MED
#66-16588
A/C was downed by automatic weapons fire. MD was killed during the hoist. CE was killed after returning to A/C to check on the MD. Only AC & CP survived.

23 APR 71

CPT William E. Collum [P]
CPT Louis J. Speidel* [P]

Thua Thien Province

B/2/17 CAV
#68-16199
Trapped in A/C during a ranger extraction. The A/C was hit by small arms fire, causing pilot to pull the cyclic hard right. The M/R blade hit a tree and the A/C went inverted and slid down the side of a ridge line. *Speidel died 25JUN71 of injuries.

13 APR 71

PFC James A. Nichols [CE]

Thua Thien Province

HHC 2 BDE
No details.

11 APR 71

SP4 Wayne C. Baggett [CE]
CPT Merle D. Brown
Others killed & injured

Quang Ngai Province

174 AHC
#67-17191 "DOLPHIN 21"
A/C was departing an LZ NE of Duc Pho, where a chaplain had just conducted Easter services for the infantry, when it was hit by an RPG round. The chaplain, CE, and other passengers lost their lives.

10 APR 71

WO1 Hugh M. Pettit [AC]
3 crewmembers injured

Quang Tin Province

68 MED DET
#67-17628
On return from mission pilot opted for a short test flight to check rotor RPM during autorotation. After performing successful autorotation, A/C took off and entered a steep left turn of 90 deg and dove the A/C toward the water at 120 KIAS and a rate of descent exceeding 3000' per minute. Pilot leveled and attempted to recover, but A/C struck the water in an almost level attitude, approx 10 degrees nose-low, at 100-110 KIAS. A/C impacted the water approx 7' deep, 50 meters from shore, pitching nose down on impact and settled in the water in an upright position.

10 APR 71

MAJ Robert L. Grof [P]

Quang Tri Province

B/2/17 CAV
#68-15753
C&C hit by 37mm in right seat of A/C.

08 APR 71

CW2 Thomas L. Sonderman [AC]
CW2 Matt J. Wodarczyk [CP]
SP4 Allan F. Wilkins [CE]
SP4 Dennis R. Deatherage [G]

Bien Hoa Province

358 AVN DET
#68-15763
A/C accident, crashed.

07 APR 71

CW2 Billie J. Wilson [AC]
SP4 Joseph L. Armstrong [C]

Kien Giang Province

C/7/1 CAV
#69-15824
CP left A/C to help downed LOH crew (#67-16360). The A/C struck the tail rotor and crashed on top of Wilson. Armstrong killed on rescue Huey during takeoff.

04 APR 71

1LT Noel C. LaPlante [AC]
WO1 Terry V. Knight [CP]
SP4 Harvey M. Reynolds [CE]
SGT Larry E. Steppee [G]
9 PAX killed

Vinh Binh Province

135 AHC
#68-15568
A/C was trail of 4 acft and was on their 3rd extraction of the day. A/C was found later and had impacted the ground in a nose low attitude with the left front side striking first. No indication of skidding. Tail boom with T/R still attached had separated from fuselage before striking the ground and was found approx 100m from main wreckage. M/R blades and hub assy was located approx 50m to the right front of the main fuselage. Engine was found approx 100m to the right front of the acft.

01 APR 71

SP4 James A. Highsmith [G]
PFC Donald J. Havel
3 injured

Quang Tin Province

116 AHC
#66-16982
Hard landing due to non-response of engine controls caused by in-flight fire.

01 APR 71

WO1 Robert M. Persinger* [P]

An Xugen Province

175 AHC
OUTLAW 13
A/C was flying air assault mission when pilot was hit by richochet round. *Persinger died on 22APR71 of injuries.

31 MAR 71

WO1 Roger G. Reid [AC]
3 crew rescued

Kontum Province

A/227 AHB
#69-15277
AK-47 round came through front windshield, hitting pilot in the face while on ammunization resupply run to FB 6. A/C spun to the ground, crashed and burned.

25 MAR 71

SP4 Larry A. Simonson [G]

Laos

173 AHC
A/C was refueling when gunner was hit by mortar fire.

22 MAR 71

PFC Karl W. Druzinski [G]

Laos

HHT/2/17 CAV
#69-15403
No details.

22 MAR 71

WO1 Reginald D. Cleve [P]
WO1 John G. Traver III [P]
SP4 Donald P. Knutsen [CE]
SP4 Walter R. Hall [G]

Laos

176 AHC
#68-15759 MINUTEMAN 21
A/C was flying at about 5000 ft when it was fired upon by a hostile ground force, an explosion occurred in the cargo compartment during Lam Son 719.

22 MAR 71

SP4 Dennis M. Hotaling [G]
PAX killed
3 crew injured

Dinh Tuong Province

162 AHC
A/C was on a 5-ship into a hot LZ to recover dead crew from an AH-1 and took a round in the fuel cell. A/C caught fire and T/B blew off at 200' AGL on short final, spun out of control into a flooded rice paddy.

20 MAR 71

MAJ Jack L. Barker [AC]
CPT John F. Dugan [CP]
SGT William E. Dillender [CE]
PFC John J. Chubb [G]

Laos

B/101 AVN
#66-16185
A/C was attempting to land to extract ARVN troops about 20 mi W of Khe Sanh during Lam Son 719. The A/C came under enemy fire and was seen to spin, explode, and catch fire, then to break up in the air.

19 MAR 71

CW3 Frederick L. Cristman [P]
CW2 Jon M. Sparks [P]
SFC Ricardo M. Garcia [CE]
G rescued

Laos

48 AHC
#65-09489
A/C was on a mission to provide fire support during the pick up of South Vietnamese airborne troops at FSB Base Alpha when it took a direct hit from a mortar. G survived due to being pushed out of A/C by CE.

18 MAR 71

SP5 Russell G. Ahrens [CE]

Laos

571 MED
A/C was hit by .51 cal AA fire during Lam Son 719 killing the crew chief.

17 MAR 71

CW3 Richard L. Bauman [CP]
SSG Craig M. Dix [CE]
SSG Bobby G. Harris [G]
P POW

Cambodia

128 AHC
#69-15664
A/C was on an ARVN troop insertion mission and was hit while departing LZ at XU488458 and crashed just north of the LZ. Gunner believed to be dead at time of crash. Bauman and Dix listed as MIA.

15 MAR 71

WO1 Jerry W. Kirkendoll [AC]
CW2 Raymond J. George [CP]
SP4 Gregory S. Morgan [CE]
SP4 Jerry W. Peoples [G]

Gia Dinh Province

117 AHC
#68-15441
Transmission seisure at 600' AGL while departing Ton Son Nuit AFB.

11 MAR 71

SP5 David E. Easton [CE]

Quang Tri Province

HHC 5 MECH
#69-16700
A/C was preparing to lift off for another mission after landing and discharging its passengers, when it was shot down.

11 MAR 71

SP5 John T. Lockhart [CE]

Laos

48 AHC
No details.

11 MAR 71

CPT Edmond D. Bilbrey [P]
2 injured

Laos

48 AHC
#66-15097
A/C was protecting a downed helicopter crew when it came under attack from the ground during Lam Son 719. Pilot was shot through the neck and the acft crashed into the side of a hill. Pilot's body recovered 4 days later.

07 MAR 71

SGT James L. Wieler [MD]
4 injured

Thua Thien Province

326 MED
#66-16394
On landing approach A/C went into a right spin, impacted on left front side and rolled at least 2 times before coming to rest inverted.

05 MAR 71

CPT David L. Nelson [AC]
WO1 Ralph A. Moreira Jr [CP]
SP4 Joel C. Hatley [CE]
SP4 Michael E. King [G]

Laos

C/158 AVN
#67-17341 "AUCTION 01"
While on approach to LZ Sophia, A/C was hit with 23mm AAA, exploded twice in the air and once on impact with the ground.

03 MAR 71

1LT Charles R. Anderson [CP]
SP4 Paul A. Sgambati [G]

Laos

B/158 AVN
#68-15639
A/C was the fifth UH-1H downed on LZ LOLO. A/C was hit by an RPG as they started to leave the LZ and burned rather quickly. CP was hit in the head by the M/R and died on the spot as he left the A/C and started running toward the trench. CE received a serious head wound during the approach and died soon thereafter.

03 MAR 71

PFC Gary T. Padilla [G]

Laos

174 AHC
#68-15639
A/C was part of an afternoon CA from Khe Sanh to LZ Lolo during Lam Son 719 and erroneously landed to smoke that had been thrown by the NVA, and was shot down and destroyed.

01 MAR 71

WO1 Paul V. Black [AC]
WO1 Robert D. Uhl [CP]
SP5 Gary C. David [C]
SP4 Frank A. Sablan [C]

Cambodia

11 GS
#69-15684
A/C on a combat mission about 15 miles within Cambodia in Kampong Cham Province. During the mission, A/C received enemy ground fire, crashed and burned. The helicopter apparently lost its M/R on impact with the ground and exploded into a fireball.

25 FEB 71

WO1 Steven R. Burch* [P]
WO1 Patrick D. Erb [AC]

Quang Tri Province

174 AHC
#68-15403
A/C crashed in at an LZ near LZ Scotch during Lam Son 719. *Burch died in Japan on 05MAR71 of pneumonia.

24 FEB 71

WO1 Steven W. Goelz [P]
WO1 Thomas E. Bennett [CP]
SP4 Vernon A. Green [CE]
SP4 Michael H. Keys [G]
WO1 Clarence D. Hakes [PP]
CPT Joseph M. Wilsher [PP]
SP5 Craig J. Jakel

Binh Duong Province

A/3/17 CAV
#66-16038
A/C crashed on short final to An Loc from about 20' after witnesses heard an explosion and saw a fire. A/C dipped nose slightly to the left and fell straight down, exploding on impact.

23 FEB 71

1LT Dennis C. Farris [P]
1LT Terry M. Usher [P]
SP4 Terrance A. Ogata [CE]
SP4 John W. Bruin [G]
7 PAX killed

Laos

173 AHC
#67-19516
A/C began turn to base leg and on final approach at a position approx center of ridgeline. At the same time, gunship was beginning its turn to break away from its pass toward the LZ. As A/C was in its turn at approx 40-50 degree angle of attack, A/C flew into the rotor system of the gunship from the left side. Gunship lost its rotor system, continued a left turn, went inverted, and crashed nose low, exploding on impact. A/C continued straight ahead, lost its rotor system, crashed in a nose low attitude, and exploded on impact.

CW2 James A. Miner [P]
WO1 Roy Y. Shinkawa [P]
SP4 Charles R. Hausherr [CE]
SP5 James E. Barton [G]

173 AHC
#65-09503
Mid-air with UH-1H #67-19516 on final to LZ during Lam Son 719. See narrative above.

20 FEB 71

CPT David N. Head [CP]
SP4 William W. Malone [CE]
SP4 Robert Coronado [G]
1LT Christopher L. Clearwaters
AC injured

Phuoc Long Province

B/227 CAB
#68-15589
Shot down on take off by AW and B40 fire after picking up a wounded LT from an LZ east of Snuffy.

20 FEB 71

CPT David M. May [P]
CW3 Jon E. Reid [P]
SFC Randolph L. Johnson [CE]
SSG Robert J. Acalotto [G]

Laos

48 AHC
#66-00700
A/C was providing gun cover for an emergency resupply mission about 20 miles SE of Sepone. The A/C was hit by 23mm AAA fire and crashed.

20 FEB 71

WO1 John M. Souther [AC]
WO1 John V. Rauen [CP]
SP4 Dennis E. Gilliland [CE]
SP4 John J. Levulis [MD]

Quang Tri Province

498 MED
#69-15273 DUSTOFF 30
A/C entered a heavy bank of ground fog on approach. Witnesses stated that A/C then made a hard descending left turn to clear the fog, but impacted the ground. Souther & Levulis survived crash but died later of injuries.

18 FEB 71

1LT Joseph H. Marshall III [AC]

Laos

48 AHC
Killed by one .51 cal round in the head.

18 FEB 71

CW2 George P. Berg [AC]
WO1 Gerald E. Woods [CP]
SP4 Walter E. Demsey Jr [CE]
SP4 Gary L. Johnson [G]
SGT Allen R. Lloyd
CPT Ronald L. Watson
1 rescued

Thua Thien Province

A/101 AVN
#68-15255 COMANCHERO 19
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
Shot down by AA fire while extracting 3 SF men with STABO ropes on west side of A Shau Valley. One on ropes fell 30'-40' and was rescued next day, the other two hit side of cliff during crash sequence.

18 FEB 71

CW2 Joseph G. Brown [AC]

Laos

237 MED
Killed by shrapnel injuries after A/C was downed in hot LZ during Lam Son 719 pickup.

15 FEB 71

WO1 Joseph S. Burke [P]
CW2 Richard N. Concannon [P]
SGT James P. Cobb [CE]
SP4 Zebulon M. Johnson Jr [G]
1LT James L. Smith
SGT Steven G. England
SGT Gabriel Trujillo

Thua Thien Province

B/2/17 CAV
#68-16554
A/C was called out in marginal weather on an emergency night evac mission. On return to Camp Evans a normal GCA was established with the A/C proceeding inbound until about the 3-mile point, where the A/C descended below glide slope in a right turn and disappeared from the controller's radar. At about 1952 hours the A/C impacted nose-low, broke up, and burned.

12 FEB 71

SP5 William J. Johnson [CE]

Laos

 

A/C was assisting Cobra #66-15297 that had been shot down. CE exited C&C ship to retrieve body of Cobra pilot and was hit by the Cobra's rotor blade.

11 FEB 71

CW2 Kenneth A. Barger [AC]
PFC Raymond F. Carroll [CE]
P & G injured

Quang Tri Province

D/3/5 CAV
#67-17768 CHARLIE HORSE 21
A/C launched to pick up the crew of a downed OH-58 about 1nm NW of the "Rockpile". During the mission A/C was hit by .51 cal machinegun fire, rolled inverted and crashed.

09 FEB 71

SP4 Clayton L. Woods [G]

Bien Hoa Province

A/229 AHB
No details.

08 FEB 71

WO1 Robert B. Gentry [P]

Quang Tri Province

174 AHC
While departing LZ Hotel on 1st day of Lam Son 719 the cockpit was hit with machine gun fire knocking out radios and hydraulics and hitting pilot who died later of injuries.

08 FEB 71

CPT David N. Fox [P]
SGT Joseph W. Miley [G]
AC & CE injured

Laos

B/7/1 CAV
#68-16063
C&C hit at 4000' in Laos and crashed on the opening day of Lam Son 719.

08 FEB 71

CW2 Paul C. Stewart [AC]
WO1 Thomas P. Doody [CP]
SP4 Charles G. Bobo [CE]
PFC John E. Robertson [G]

Laos

C/158 AVN
#68-16307
A/C was on an insertion mission when pilot radioed that his A/C had sustained damage to the T/R by ground fire, and that they were returning to the PZ. While the A/C was in route, pilot radioed that he was inverted and was going in.

22 JAN 71

WO1 William H. Seaborn Jr [P]
SGT Frank A. Celano
SSG Kenneth Lovelace
SGT Hugh D. Opperman

Bien Hoa Province

240 AHC
#66-16356
On rescue mission for downed LOH, hit by ground fire while hovering for rappelling 11th SF, flipped over.

22 JAN 71

SP5 Larry D. Bean [CE]

Binh Duong Province

C/227 AHB
No details.

20 JAN 71

SP4 Tommy H. Ivey [G]

Vinh Long Province

175 AHC
No details.

16 JAN 71

WO1 Terry F. Mezera [P]
P & CE injured

Chau Doc Province

135 AHC
#68-16062
A/C was supporting the 5 SF near Seven Sisters when it was shot down and crashed.

15 JAN 71

SP5 Daniel F. Cox [CE]
SP4 William A. Malenfant [C]

Thua Thien Province

326 MED
#68-15572
A/C crashed after hit with RPG fire while conducting hoist extraction South of Phu Bai near Firebase Rifle. A/C, CP, and MD survived.

13 JAN 71

WO1 Robert D. Hertz [P]

Gia Dinh Province

240 AHC
Hit in left side under arm by two VC while directing left door gunner fire near Nha Be.

07 JAN 71

1LT Kenneth R. Rushing [P]

Long Khanh Province

118 AHC
#69-15557
Hit by RPG near Xuan Loc.

05 JAN 71

WO1 John W. Lynch III [P]
SP4 Larry O. Harden [OB]
SGT Douglas B. Kent

Pleiku Province

52 CAB
#66-15040
A/C was on a night test flight for 1-1 M/R blade vibration. As A/C initiated a sharp left climbing turn and at approx 300' AGL, a brief expletive was heard over radio and A/C altitude dropped severely. A/C then turned 180 degrees and impacted the ground, nose first at 80 degree angle, never rolling out of the turn at 130 KIAS. A/C burst into flames and burned.

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