Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 64-13799
Incident number: 67031999.KIA
Unit: 68 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
UTM grid coordinates: XT385705
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (MINE)
The helicopter was hit in the Fuselage causing Fragmentation Damage.
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
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, UH1P2, 72365 (Operations Report. )
Summary: Hit mine while landing troops during operation Junction City at FSB Gold (Suoi Tre), 16 KM NE of Nui Ba Den Mountain.
Loss to Inventory
AC WO1 BARTON JAMES PAUL KIA
CE SP4 SHEFFIELD JOHN NOBLE KIA
G SP4 SMITH GILBERT NOLAN KIA
Passengers and/or other participants:
PFC LINN ROBERT LEWIS JR, AR, PX, KIA
SP4 PATTERSON FRED HENRY, AR, PX, KIA
SP4 WALTERS DONALD WESLEY, AR, PX, KIA
Unit was the 68 Assault Hel Co although on the operation in which the ship was lost was a joint operation with another helicopter unit - I believe it was the 118 Assault Helicopter Company and because they were 1 slick short due to a last minute mechanical failure to a 118th slick WO Barton's ship was filling in. As the CA lift was in a hot LZ and the aircraft were either just dropping off the troops or were about to exit the LZ a command detonated mine was set off, other aircraft were also involved, but the extent of damage. John E Frasso, email@example.com
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