Helicopter UH-1H 66-16630


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16630
The Army purchased this helicopter 0767
Total flight hours at this point: 00001299
Date: 08/18/1968
Incident number: 68081818.KIA
Unit: 240 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Air/land Assault , Hot Area.
this helicopter was Landing
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XT435071
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Fuselage
Systems damaged were: UNK
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 0
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: CRASH FACTS MESSAGE ()
Summary: Hit by numerous rounds of enemy fire while attempting to extract troops.

Crew Members:
AC WO1 EISENHOUR JAMES DOYLE KIA
P MAJ FARMER GARRY H
CE SP4 OLSON DWIGHTJ WIA


War Story:
This aircraft attempted to rescue a man they assumed was an American from a pick up zone. It turned out to be a trap wounding three of the four crew members. They were able to fly out of the PZ and landed on a nearby dirt road. Terry Morris on board #156 says that he removed Jim's lifeless body from the aircraft seat and carried it to the cargo deck of #156. (probably 66-15156) This is where JIm's journey home began. Check out the hole in the plexiglass on the AC side.That VC had time to come up out of the grass, take aim, and fire hitting Jim in the forehead resulting in his death. #156 is on display at Fort Rucker U.S. Army Aviation Museum. From: Mark A. Eisenhour, GoldStar Brother

This record was last updated on 03/13/2019


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