Helicopter AH-1G 66-15301

Information on U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G tail number 66-15301
The Army purchased this helicopter 1067
Total flight hours at this point: 00000061
Date: 01/31/1968
Incident number: 68013133.KIA
Unit: 334 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
This was an Unknown mission
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at UNK feet and UNK knots.
Helicopter took 3 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (14.5MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Left Side
Casualties = YES . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Repaired at BIEN HOA
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: LNOF, 80408, BELL (Bell Helicopter. Lindenmuth Old Format Data Base. )

Crew Members:

War Story:
My name was Major Ronald E. Gray and my call sign was Playboy 16 a platoon leader in the the 334th AHC. On Jan 31, 1968 I was the Aircraft Commander and WO1 Cameron was the co-pilot/gunner in the front seat. I was the light fire team leader. Earlier that morning we discovered several hundred North Vietnamese in rice paddies at the end of Bien Hoa AFB runway. We engaged them and after running low on ammo I called OPS and instructed them to activate one of my light fire teams to replace us. That fire team led by CWO 3 Stream arrived on site and we returned to refuel and rearm. Airborne again we received instructions from OPS to proceed to My Tho to rescue a Code. On arriving we were unable to establish commo with the ground unit and eventually received OK to proceed north toward Saigon. While enroute at about 1800 feet and 160 knots we received hostile fire through the left front of our Cobra mortally wounding WO1 Cameron. I instructed my wing man to break right and climb while I broke left and fired rockets. I then headed with my wing man toward Hotel 3 at Thon Sa Nhut AFB where we executed a circular approach due to ground fire. Requested medical support, radioed OPS Sit Rep, and requested replacement Cobra. It finally arrived and a CWO 3 volunteered to be my co-pilot/gunner. With my wing man we continued to fly that day engaging several targets.

Note: Contrary to what you published I don't recall any buildings nearby when we received fire, nor did we give any slicksŁ cover while they dropped supplies, nor did anyone come up on guard and talk to Roger, nor did my Cobra almost hit the ground. Actually we flew straight to Hotel 3 at Saigon where both myself and my wing man landed safely. I don't know who wrote the article I'm referring to but perhaps they should have gotten their facts straight. If it was someone called Wayne R. Coe, please tell him Peter Pilot was Major Gray, the same Peter Pilot who sometime later took command of the Cobra NETT.

From: Ronald E. Gray, LTC USA (Ret), November 2017

This record was last updated on 11/17/2017

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