Helicopter UH-1H 66-16060

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16060
The Army purchased this helicopter 0267
Total flight hours at this point: 00000246
Date: 07/23/1968
Incident number: 68072301.TXT
Unit: A/3/17 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Troop Extraction , Hot Area.
this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 16 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Passenger Cargo Section
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 02 KIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: War Story as related by a witness. Also: Charles E. "Chuck" Oualline ()
Summary: C&C helicopter landed to assist LOH crew. Smith got out to help and was KIA on ground. CE Wenban shot in place.

Crew Members:

War Story:
Smith was trying to save pilot 1LT Douglas D. Chaney and scout-observer SP5 Francis D. Johnson who were shot down in OH-6A 65-12985. Smith had dismounted UH-1H 66-16060. SP4 Bruce R. Wenban, also KIA that day, was shot in his seat on the UH-1H on the ground after Smith dismounted. Wenban was the crew chief on 060. The UH-1H took 16 hits on the ground and the other pilot had to take off to save the ship and what was left of the crew. Charles E. "Chuck" Oualline, jan@texas.net, July 2000.

This record was last updated on 07/08/2000

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