Helicopter UH-1E 153737


Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter UH-1E tail number 153737
Date: 11/14/1967
Incident number: 67111444.KIA
Unit: VMO-3
The station for this helicopter was Thua Thien in South Vietnam
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P CPT CARTER THOMAS ANTHONY KIA
P CPT KELSEY MILTON GEORGE KIA
CPL PHELPS RONALD JOSEPH

Passengers and/or other participants:
MG HOCHMUTH BRUNO ARTHUR, MC, PAX, KIA
MAJ CRABTREE ROBERT ANDREW, MC, PAX, KIA


War Story:
This was a single ship VIP flight for the CG of the 3rd Marine Division. The official USMC history states that the aircraft crashed inverted in a flooded rice paddy and that there was still a fuel fire burning when the CO of the 4th Marines arrived in another helicopter. This party landed on a dike and walked to the crashed UH-1E. They put the fire out and had to dive under water to get the bodies out. There were six KIAs in the helicopter. The 6th man was MGen HOCHMUTH's ARVN aide, name unknown.

This record was last updated on 05/29/2007


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