Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A tail number 151911
Incident number: 68070333.KIA
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was an Unknown mission
Unknown this helicopter was Landing at UNK feet and UNK knots.
Anti-Aircraft Artillery; Gun launched explosive ballistic projectiles equal to or greater than 20 mm in size.
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 12 DOI . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
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: NSC, 1500 Feet Over Vietnam by Bruce Lake (Naval Safety Center. )
Summary: Hit by an RPG while attempting to extract a Recon team in contact.
Loss to Inventory
AC CPT LITTLER JAMES L M III KIA
P 1LT DALEY RAYMOND COYLE KIA
C CPL LITTLE RANDELL BLAKE KIA
C SSG BILENSKI JOHN CHARLES KIA
Passengers and/or other participants:
CPT DALHOUSE JOHN DUDLEY, MC, PX, KIA
PFC HOUSE ALTON, MC, PX, KIA
CPL JOHNSON WILLIAM D JR, MC, PX, KIA
SGT JONES JOSEPH JOHN, MC, PX, KIA
LCP MOON WILLIAM CHARLES, MC, PX, KIA
LCP SCHECKLER PAUL, MC, PX, KIA
LCP SIMMONS FAY CLYDE III, MC, PX, KIA
CPL TISDALL GARY DEAN, MC, PX, KIA
CPL VANCE SHERMAN DALE, MC, PX, KIA
After dropping off a Recon team, the aircraft left the zone. The enemy waited just long enough and then let the Recon team have it. CPT Littler and his crew went back to extract the team but were hit by an RPG. The wingman reported that the plane exploded in mid-air and crashed on top of the ten man Recon team in the zone. Some team members survived the crash but were killed when the enemy overran the position. CPT Littler was ready to go home and 1LT Daley had been in Vietnam for ten days. The crew chief was three days away from a special leave. The reports we got indicated that each crew member had been shot once in the head when the enemy overran the site. Submitted by Bruce Lake, See 1500 Feet Over Vietnam, Page 156.
This record was last updated on 11/18/2004
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