Helicopter UH-1H 66-16326


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16326
The Army purchased this helicopter 0467
Total flight hours at this point: 00001432
Date: 02/06/1969
Incident number: 69020606.KIA
Unit: 134 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Command and Control
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was on the Ground at 0000 feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: BN970863
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (B-40 RKT)
causing an Explosion.
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 01 DOI, 02 INJ . .
Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Burned
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, LNNF, CASRP, CRAFX (Operations Report. Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC WO1 HARRISON WILLIAM MILAM KIA
CE SP4 BAXTER JOHN WIA


War Story:
the 134th AHC history at http://webdev.loyola.edu/hunder/History.htm has the following: "On 6 February 1969, the 134th conducted a Combat Assault with ROK units near Phan Rang. At the landing zone, the VC were waiting in spider holes for the incoming aircraft. The lead ship was hit by ground fire and crashed in the LZ while another (66-16326) was destroyed by a B-40 rocket as it landed. CW2 William M. Harrison, the AC with 24 days left in country, was killed by shrapnel from the B-40. The crewchief, SP4 John Baxter, was hit numerous pieces of shrapnel and also took a hit in a leg that had to later be amputated. "The last ship (66-16319) in the 3 ship formation went around the crashed lead ship. As it did, it was hit by a hail of fire and a round hit the gunner, PFC William Ogden, in the neck killing him instantly. The rest of the crew somehow escaped serious jury and managed to get the badly damaged ship back to Phan Rang Air Base."

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