Helicopter CH-3C 62-12582


Information on U.S. Air Force helicopter CH-3C tail number 62-12582
Date: 01/17/1969
Incident number: 69011717.KIA
Unit: 20 SOS
Laos
UTM grid coordinates: UH396157 (To see this location on a map, go to https://legallandconverter.com/p50.html and search on Grid Reference 48QUH396157)
Casualties = 06 KIA . .
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA, Unit History (Operations Report. )
Summary: Crashed while supporting TACAN site in northern Laos
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P MAJ MARTIN WALTER WESLEY KIA
P CPT FLEMING RICHARD ALAN KIA
C SSG DAVIS ALBERT JACKSON KIA

Passengers and/or other participants:
LTC BOLTON WAYNE FRANKLIN, AF, PX, KIA
TSG KURTYKA GEORGE ALBERT, AF, PX, KIA
TSG MALDONADO JUAN ARTURO, AF, PX, KIA


War Story:
The edited unit history states a CH-3 was lost while supporting a TACAN site in northern Laos. Three crew members and three passengers died in the crash. Two crew chiefs and one passenger survived and were transferred to Clark AFB for hospitalization. A CH-3C #62-12582 from the 20th SOS, crewed by Maj. Walter Wesley Martin (P), Capt. Richard Alan Fleming (CP) and SSgt. Albert Jackson Davis (FE), while supporting TACAN site (LS-36) at Na Khang in northern Laos experienced small arms fire sending the helicopter over the side of a hill where it crashed, rolled over and exploded. Major Martin, Capt. Fleming, SSgt. Davis along with passengers Lt. Col. Wayne Franklin Bolton, TSgt. George Albert Kurtyka and TSgt. Huan Arturo Maldonado, were killed and three other airmen passengers survived. No other details are known at this time. "PJ's in Vietnam" by Robert L. LaPointe & http://hupi.org/map/vietnam/helicopt.html & http://hupi.ort/map/vietnam/helicopt.html & http://thewall-usa.com/guest.asp?recid=12089

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998


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