Helicopter UH-1B 63-08570

Information on U.S. Navy helicopter UH-1B tail number 63-08570
Date: 09/01/1967 MIA-POW file reference number: 0824
Incident number: 67090113.KIA
Unit: HA(L)-3
The station for this helicopter was Vinh Binh in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XR430600 (To see this location on a map, go to https://legallandconverter.com/p50.html and search on Grid Reference 48PXR430600)
Number killed in accident = 2 . .
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. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:

REFNO Synopsis:
JOHNSON, ROBERT DENNISON Name: Robert Dennison Johnson Rank/Branch: O4/US Navy Unit: Helicopter Attack Squadron 3, Detachment 1, USS GARRETT COUNTY Date of Birth: 12 February 1934 (Bridgeport CT) Home City of Record: Dallas TX Date of Loss: 01 September 1967 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 093515E 1061812E (XR430600) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 5 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H Other Personnel in Incident: Edward L. Ott III (missing) Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 with the assistance of one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: LtCdr. Robert D. Johnson was an assistant operations officer assigned to Light Helicopter Attack Squadron 3, Detachment 1, onboard the USS GARRETT COUNTY (LST 786). On September 1, 1967, he was scrambled on a pre-dawn emergency launch to interdict Viet Cong forces attacking a friendly outpost. The UH1H on which he launched carried a full crew, including Petty Officer Edward L. Ott III, a jet engine mechanic. The helicopter was seen to lift off the deck of the USS GARRETT COUNTY and crash into the Bassac River. When the survivors of the crash appeared on the river's surface, Johnson and Ott were not among them. An immediate search was initiated using River Patrol Boats and other helicopter search aircraft. The search lasted for several days and nights, however, the results were negative. The cockpit/cabin portion of the aircraft was located partially covered by mud, and debris was scattered over the river bottom. It was believed that the bodies of Ott and Johnson could not be recovered. Both were listed as Killed, Body Not Recovered.

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