Helicopter UH-1B 62-02056


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 62-02056
The Army purchased this helicopter 0763
Total flight hours at this point: 00002013
Date: 05/05/1968
Incident number: 68050555.KIA
Unit: 335 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Close Air Support
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at UNK feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: BR915812
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
causing a Fire.
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 04 DOI . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Burned
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, UH1P3, 12609 (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P WO1 LEWIS RICHARD GARY KIA
AC CW2 WILLIAMS BOBBY RAY KIA
CE SP5 FEY GLENN THOMAS KIA
G PFC JACOBS JEROME EDWARD KIA


War Story:
Bobby Williams and I were both vying for the next fire team leader slot. For some unknown reason operations swapped his crew for mine and put them in the aircraft I had been flying the night before they were shot down. The Pilot Richard Lewis had been in country a few months, Glenn Fey had been transferred from the 134th AHC two weeks prior and Jerome Jacobs was I believe a postal clerk who was working his tail off to be a door gunner. It is believed they were hit by an RPG on the right side of the aircraft; I have a photo of the aircraft in the air right after they were hit and it shows no damage to the left side. I heard the elapsed time from when the aircraft was hit until it was completely burned was only four minutes. We know that at least part of the crew was alive prior to impact because they were keying the radio while using the intercom. This was a heavy (48 rockets) and evidently they were unable to jettison the pods prior to impact. The aircraft burned with all hands. The next day I took the dental records to morgue to help with identification of the remains. From: Jim McLaughlin"

This record was last updated on 05/09/2014


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