Name: WO1 Ralph Edward Bowen
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/05/1967 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.6
Date of Birth: 02/26/1946
Home City: Jackson, MI
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/227 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 67-1/66-23
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 27E-052
Short Summary: Flying as AC on new UH-1H, it threw a trunion bearing on main rotor pitch control, went inverted & crashed into troop area. W/Phipps.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16803
Call sign: Sidewinder/Swordfish
Service number: W3155486
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: A/C Accident MN
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Started Tour: 04/04/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Binh Thuan Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Episcopal (Anglican)
Burial information: ROSELAND MEMORIAL GARDENS, JACKSON, MI
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 04/26/2002
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