Helicopter UH-34D 145802


Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter UH-34D tail number 145802
Date: 03/21/1966
Incident number: 66032110.KIA
Unit: HMM-363
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Logistics Support mission for Troop Lift
While in Operations Area this helicopter was Landing at UNK feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 05 DOI . . Number killed in accident = 11 . . Passengers = 7
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Exploded
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, MISC, USMC HISTORY 1966 (Operations Report. Miscellaneous. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P 1LT KRAFT NOAH MORRIS KIA
AC 1LT BIRD THOMAS ARNOLD JR KIA
CE GSG CHOW CALVIN KEALOHAOKALAN KIA
G GSG IGARTA BENITO JR KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
LCP ANDREW DENNIS RICHARD, MC, PX, KIA
LCP CAVICCHI JAMES HENRY JR, MC, PX, KIA
PFC WATKINS BRUCE LAMAR, MC, PX, KIA
PFC WILLIAMS BILLIE JOE, MC, PX, KIA
UNK, , 5
UNK, , 5
UNK, , 5


War Story:
While inserting US Marines as part of operation TEXAS about 1600 near the hamlet of Xuan Hoa, the aircraft received large mm machine gun fire. It rolled inverted, crashed, exploded and burned. The passengers were from the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. Three of the crew died in the wreckage. 1LT Kraft was thrown clear but later that day died of injuries. Details provided by LTC Zitnik, CO of VMO-6.

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998


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