Helicopter UH-1C 66-00611


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00611
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00000712
Date: 11/27/1968
Incident number: 68112720.KIA
Unit: HHB/4/77 ARA 101 ABN
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Close Air Support
While On Target this helicopter was Attacking at UNK feet and UNK knots.
The station for this helicopter was Thua Thien Province in South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: ZC171951
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 05 DOI . . Number killed in accident = 0 . .
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, UH1P3, 33203 (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC WO1 BRINKMEYER JOHN WILLIAM KIA
P LTC BARTHOLOMEW ROGER JAY KIA
G SP4 BARBER ERNEST LEE KIA
CE SP5 MARTINSEN LOREN DAUNE KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
COL VOGEL EDWARD BARRY, AR, OB, KIA


War Story:
As former Div.Radio Officer for the 101st Airborne Div and a friend of Col.Edward B. Vogel, I was monitoring his freq at the time that he was shot down. As I rember it another chopper in his ARA Bn had taken hits and had gone down. Col Vogel directed his chopper to go in for support and/or rescue and was shot down. Sorry that I can't remember much more about this.

From: Jim Fogle

COL Vogel was the Div Arty CO at the time and LTC Bartholomew was the 4/77th ARA Bn CO at the time. From Stephen Rinish, Bn Operations NCO.

I was a WO-1 at the time in A Battery 4/77 ARA. LTC Bartholomew was my battalion commander. During an ARA mission to the bowling alley near FB Tomahawk, LTC Bartholomew's aircraft was engaged by extremely heavy enemy fire and crashed. His wingman said it was likely that most crewmen were dead or seriously wounded before the crash. Colonel Vogel was visiting the ARA unit and decided to go along on the mission. LTC Bartholomew was in the typical racetrack pattern with his wingman when he spotted the enemy. He made an immediate turn back thereby forcing his wingman to break away and making it impossible to provide cover to the other aircraft. It has been stated that LTC Bartholomew told his wife he would not return. He was killed less than a month into his tour. Other than the crewmen on that aircraft, no ORIGINAL members of A Battery or HHB died during their tour.

This is not meant to disparage the reputation or flying capability of LTC Bartholomew.

From: Bob B. Black, LTC USAR (Retired)

This record was last updated on 01/30/2010


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