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Name: WO1 Donald Ray Phipps
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 10/05/1967 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 33.8
Date of Birth: 12/20/1933
Home City: San Jose, CA
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: 67-6
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 27E-055
Short Summary: New UH-1H on final in trail formation when it threw a trunnion bearing on main rotor pitch control tube & inverted. With Bowen.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16803
Call sign: SIDEWINDER?
Service number: W2216531
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: pilot
Started Tour: 06/03/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 12
Location: Binh Thuan Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Protestant - no denominational preference
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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