Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 62-12370
The Army purchased this helicopter 1263
Total flight hours at this point: 00001430
Incident number: 67061915.KIA
Unit: 15 MED 1 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at UNK feet and UNK knots.
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Cockpit
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 01 DOI, 02 WIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P2, 72941, DUSTOFF Fall 1996 Newsletter ()
AC CPT FD MCKELLAR
P CPT K KUHNS
CE SP4 TROGDON RONALD GALE KIA
The VHPA believes this was the 15th Med aircraft involved in the following action. The award narrative for CPT Fred D. McKellar states he was AC of a medical evacuation helicopter supporting combat operations near Bong Son. As the aircraft was about to land, it received intense automatic weapons fire, wounding CPT McKellar, the pilot (CPT Kurt Kuhns) and the crewchief (SP4 Trogden). CPT Kuhns had to take control of the Huey because CPT McKellar's arm was shattered and he was bleeding profusely. CPT Kuhns had only been in country two weeks at this time. CPT McKellar directed treatment of SP4 Trogden and told CPT Kuhns where to fly. The aircraft had received over 30 hits. A few hours after they landed, SP4 Trogden died of injuries.
This record was last updated on 05/25/1998
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