Helicopter UH-1D 66-16323


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16323
The Army purchased this helicopter 0467
Total flight hours at this point: 00001321
Date: 01/08/1969
Incident number: 69010888.KIA
Unit: 170 AHC
South Vietnam
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC 1LT GILLES ALAN CLARK KIA
P WO1 ROCHE JON PATRICK KIA
CE SP4 CASE ROBERT DON KIA
G SP4 BARTMAN STEVEN DOUGLAS KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
SP4 WILLIAMS BILL FRED JR, AR, PX, KIA
SSG APPERSON GERALD FRANKLIN, AR, PX, KIA


War Story:
I was a CE with the 170th AHC at Camp Holloway, Pleiku. On 01-08-69 my UH-1H 66-16323 crashed killing all on board. I'm not sure about the tail number, it has been a long time. The pilot was 1LT Alan Gilles, 05344197, MOS 1981. An overdue flight physical saved my life that day. I took two days off to get myself together and resumed flying. I never found out what happened because my father died and I was sent home. The information I got was from other eyewitnesses that observed what happened that day. They said he had received hits in the main transmission while climbing out of the PZ with some FOB-2 SF on board. They told him to land, he refused, said he wanted to land at Ben Het SF Camp. His Huey had smoke pouring out of the hellhole. By this time he decided to land, and started an autorotation. When he rolled off the throttle the transmission seized. I think there were ten souls on board. Michael P. Loyd, CE akflyer@juno.com 170th AHC Apr66-Feb69 B Trp 2-17th Cav Oct70-Jan72 48th AHC Jan72-May72 13 Jul 1997

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998


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