Name: 1LT James Potito Flagella
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/04/1969 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 22.5
Date of Birth: 11/12/1946
Home City: Cincinnati, OH
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/227 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 68-20/68-34
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 26W-110
Short Summary: Mid-air on short final to LZ included Remmler, Britton, and leMaster.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 67-19529
Call sign: POTATO MASHER
Service number: O5346231
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Mid-Air
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 01/08/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Bien Hoa Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Roman Catholic
Burial information: CALVARY CEMETERY, ERIE, PA
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: officer
This record was last updated on 07/21/2001
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