Helicopter CH-37B 55-00627


Information on U.S. Army helicopter CH-37B tail number 55-00627
Date: 12/12/1963 MIA-POW file reference number: 0026
Incident number: 07838ACD Accident case number: 07838 Total Loss Accident
Unit: 61 TR CO
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Aircraft Recovery , Sling Loading.
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at 1500 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: WS910400
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size.
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit causing a Fire.
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL, ENGINE
Casualties = 03 DOI, 01 INJ, 01 M . . Number killed in accident = 4 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Burned
costing 606000
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Reference Notes. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: MISC, STMNT, CASRP, CRAFX, 0026 (Miscellaneous. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P 1LT WOODMANSEE RONNY LOUIS KIA
AC CW2 FLOWERS WILLIAM EDWARD THOMAS KIA
FE SP5 ANGELL MARSHALL JOSEPH BNR
CE E4 CS ALBRO
G PFC NESMITH NEWMAN RAY KIA


REFNO Synopsis:
SYNOPSIS: Marshall J. Angell was the flight engineer aboard a CH37B helicopter on a recovery mission to recover a downed aircraft with the chopper was hit by hostile ground fire. The recovery was taking place in Tuong Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam. The ground fire hit as the crew was attempting to sling load a downed aircraft. The helicopter crashed and burned. All the crew aboard the helicopter either survived or their remains were recovered except Angell. A thorough search of the aircraft and surrounding area was conducted. It was ultimately surmised by those conducting the search that Angel was either consumed by the fire on board the aircraft or that he sank into the marshy ground surrounding the crash site.


Accident Summary:

SYNOPSIS: Marshall J. Angell was the flight engineer aboard a CH37B helicopter on a recovery mission to recover a downed aircraft with the chopper was hit by hostile ground fire. The recovery was taking place in Tuong Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam. The ground fire hit as the crew was attempting to sling load a downed aircraft. The helicopter crashed and burned. Angell was not recovered. A thorough search of the aircraft and surrounding area was conducted. It was ultimately surmised by those conducting the search that Angel was either consumed by the fire on board the aircraft or that he sank into the marshy ground surrounding the crash site. No trace was ever found of Marshall Angell.

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