Helicopter OH-6A 67-16033


Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16033
The Army purchased this helicopter 0568
Total flight hours at this point: 00000644
Date: 03/01/1969
Incident number: 69030101.KIA
Unit: 1 BDE 1 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at 0100 feet and 100 knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XT363659
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
causing a Fire.
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 02 DOI . .
The helicopter Crashed. 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, LNOF, 90203, CRAFX, CASRP (Operations Report. Lindenmuth Old Format Data Base. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P WO1 CROSBY ARTHUR ALLEN JR KIA
OB SP4 MARVIN GREGORY ALLEN KIA


War Story:
Some supplemental information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16033 from March 1, 1969:

On the morning of March 1, 1969, scouts helicopters from the Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) were dispatched to LZ Grant at first light to help track down the enemy forces that had been repulsed on the previous night. A patrol had found signs of enemy wounded, and were tracking down this group. The scouts were to check out an area that was to be used for a large combat assault later in the morning. On the way to this location, the team came under fire from enemy emplacements along a tree line. In the ensuing engagement, both the pilot and gunner of one ship (Oberg and John Fowler) were hit, but they managed to get their OH-6 back to LZ Grant. A second scout team was dispatched to the area, led by pilot WO1 Arthur A. Crosby Jr and observer SP4 Gregory A. Marvin in one of the ships. The pair of scouts landed at LZ Grant before heading out to the area where the first team came under fire. As they came into a clearing, they too came under heavy fire from an anti-aircraft emplacement. Art and Gregory's helicopter was immediately hit, and fire was seen to be coming from the engine compartment area as the ship nosed down. The helicopter hit hard, broke up and began to burn. No one was seen exiting the helicopter. (Information supplied by Harry Oberg and William Van Noy) [Taken from flying-circus.com]

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