Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-17029
The Army purchased this helicopter 1167
Total flight hours at this point: 00000351
Incident number: 68100154.KIA
Unit: 54 MED DET
UTM grid coordinates: BT103079
Casualties = 02 KIA . .
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA, KIAMAIN (Fox) (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory
P WO1 FOX REINIS KIA
MD SP4 SANDERS RICHARD WAYNE KIA
The VHPA believes this is the 54th Med Det aircraft in which Sanders and Fox were injured. Fox's Silver Star citation states he was on a mission to evacuate 14 injured men in the vincinity of Thien Phouc Special Forces Camp. With the help of supporting gunships, he succedded in landing his aircraft and remained on the ground long enough for nine of the casualties to be loaded on to the aircraft. Once airborne, his aircraft continued to receive hostile fire and sustained several hits, putting it into a tailspin and causing it to crash land. Upon impact, the aircraft burst into flames and in the ensuing holocaust, Fox was seriously burned over a large portion of his body. He was evaced to the 106th General Hospital in Japan where he died on the 7th.
This record was last updated on 05/25/1998
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