Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter UH-1E tail number 152418
Incident number: 69072967.KIA
Casualties = 03 KIA . .
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA , POPASMOKE INCIDENT (Operations Report. )
Summary: Crashed in Da Nang harbor due to a compressor stall. One pilot survived.
Loss to Inventory
P CPT HARRELL ROGER PARRY KIA
C LCP KERNS FRED MICHAEL KIA
C LCP LEWIS DANIEL KIA
The POPASMOKE incident reads: Roger Harrell, Fred Kerns, Daniel Lewis, KIA, 670729, HML-167 UH-1E went down in South China sea off DaNang from compressor stall. Co-Pilot survived crash. Bodies were recovered from ocean. I had known both Kerns and Lewis at VMO-5 at Camp Pendleton. Lewis had requested to fly gunner with HML-167; he was a member of VMO-2 at the time. Kerns was very active in support of an orphanage in Da Nang. Copilot and I identified bodies at Charlie Med. Submitted by Gary Prewitt, Identified bodies after incident. From VMO-2 Squadron Command Chronology: LCpl D. Lewis 2340344/6212 killed in HML-167 aircraft accident 29 July 1969 when a UH-1E crashed into Danang Harbor.
This record was last updated on 08/07/2000
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