Helicopter UH-1C 66-15029

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15029
The Army purchased this helicopter 0267
Total flight hours at this point: 00001301
Date: 04/20/1969
Incident number: 69042020.KIA
Unit: 118 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Close Air Support
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at UNK feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XS603905 (To see this location on a map, go to https://legallandconverter.com/p50.html and search on Grid Reference 48PXS603905)
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 01 INJ . .
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 Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, UH1P3, 11001 (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:

War Story:
I was the crew chief on Bandit 3-- 66-15029 the day it crashed 4-20-1969. My door gunner that day was another crew chief named Dennis Surop. The co-pilot was William Dare who was a hanger test pilot going on R and R the next day and wanted to fly on a gunship. All three of us were wounded.Thanks for the opportunity to explain this. John Ferrara at AHCbandit03@aol.com I was the crew chief of this aircraft in the early part of 1969. I was the crew chief/door gunner on 4-20-69, when we were shot down. Mr Creal was the pilot that day, The ships regular pilot, mr Quigley had a sinus infection. The co pilot was a test pilot for the hangar, I believe his name was Dean ( last name). The door gunner that day, was my room mate, Dennis Surop who replaced my regular door gunner (teenybopper), I forgot his real name. I was evacuated to ChuChi with compression fractures of the back and lacerations to the scalp. Mr Creal was kia, Surop, I had heard went back to the states. Mr Dean? had a huge open wound to his right cheek which I bandaged in the evac ship on the way to the hospital. John C Ferrara, Bandit 3 or 706-654-1671

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