Name: WO1 Thomas Andrew Guenther
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/14/1970 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 19.9
Date of Birth: 04/06/1950
Home City: Atlantic City, NJ
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 281 AHC, 17 CAG
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-33/69-31
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 13W-011
Short Summary: Lost tail rotor on sniffer mission with Eldon Payne, crashed into a mountain 2 km west of Nha Trang and burned.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-17127
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Tail Rotor Fail
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 11/28/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Khanh Hoa Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
Burial information: LAUREL MEMORIAL PARK, POMONA, NJ
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 07/16/2002
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