Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 63-08591
Incident number: 0A005ACD Accident case number: 0A005 Total Loss Accident
Unit: 57 MED DET
UTM grid coordinates: XS055190
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 1
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Summary: This incident took place 14 KM South of Vinh Long Airfield.
Loss to Inventory
P MAJ KELLY CHARLES L KIA
CP O3 R ANDERSON
CE E3 PICKSTONE
Passengers and/or other participants:
O3 HW GILES, UNK, 2
MAJ Kelly was the 57th Med's third CO and is known as the "Father of DUSTOFF". Much has been written about profound effect his death had on the business of dedicating helicopters to medevac operations. See the 1993 VHPA Directory and John Cook's "The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War, Dust Off". Many believe "the legend of DUSTOFF" was born out of his death.
This record was last updated on 10/25/2007
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Date posted on this site: 09/23/2017
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