Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46A tail number 152502
Incident number: 68082444.KIA
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Logistics Support mission for Resupply
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on Take-Off at UNK feet and UNK knots.
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 03 DOI, 01 INJ . .
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: OPERA, NSC, CASRP, CH46, 1500 Feet Over Vietnam by Bruce Lake (Naval Safety Center. Operations Report. Casualty Report. )
Summary: Took two hits, flew to altitude, descended with white smoke from forward pylon, suddenly rolled to the right and dropped straight down.
Loss to Inventory
P CPT HIMLER ROBERT JOHN KIA
P 1LT LAMMERS DONALD GARY KIA
G LCP ALBERICI MICHAEL KIA
This aircraft took a couple of hits from some enemy small arms fire as they were coming out of Quizmaster Team Echo's position on a normal resupply mission. They climed to about 3,000 feet, both to get out of the range of the weapons and to check out the controls. When the wingman asked how they were, they replied that the plane had taken two hits but the crew was okay. They made a safe descent to 800 feet with white smoke coming from the forward pylon when the plane unexpectedly rolled rapidly to the right and dropped straight down burning and exploding on impact. Both pilots and the gunner died instantly. The crew chief was thrown clear. He may have lost both legs but is thought to have survived. Extracted from 1500 Feet Over Vietnam by Bruce Lake.
This record was last updated on 05/25/1998
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