Information on U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G tail number 67-15677
The Army purchased this helicopter 0768
Total flight hours at this point: 00000333
Date: 04/13/1969 MIA-POW file reference number: 1425
Incident number: 69041310.KIA
Unit: D/1/1 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Armed Recon
While in Target Area this helicopter was Attacking at 0500 feet and UNK knots.
UTM grid coordinates: YC500930
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
causing an Explosion.
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 02 KIA . .
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 Reference Notes. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: 1425, LNOF, 90192, CRAFX, CASRP (Lindenmuth Old Format Data Base. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory
P CW3 PIERSON WILLIAM C III BNR
P CPT LEDFORD ALVIE JUNIOR JR KIA
South Vietnam William C. Pierson, III (1425) On April 13, 1969, Warrant Officer Pierson and Captain Alvie J. Ledford were crewmen on an AH-1G aircraft making an attack run on an enemy gun position in Quang Nam Province. While at an approximate altitude of 500 feet and in a 45 degree dive, an accompanying aircraft pilot saw their aircraft hit by hostile ground fire. He also described seeing the pilot's compartment separate from the aircraft and disintegrate as it fell. Both crewmen were initially reported missing in action. Captain Ledford's remains were recovered on April 20, 1969. Warrant Officer Pierson was declared dead/body not recovered, in October 1978. U.S. POWs returned alive during Operation Homecoming were unable to provide any information on the fate of Warrant Officer Pierson.
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