Helicopter AH-1G 67-15678

Information on U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G tail number 67-15678
The Army purchased this helicopter 0768
Total flight hours at this point: 00000501
Date: 08/10/1969
Incident number: 69081010.KIA
Unit: D/1/1 CAV
This was a Combat Loss caused by being shot down by Ground Fire less than .50 cal in size with the mission function of Armed Visual Reconnaissance
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 UNK feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: BT133332 (To see this location on a map, go to https://legallandconverter.com/p50.html and search on Grid Reference 49PBT133332)
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Unknown groundfire.
Systems damaged were: UNK
Casualties = 02 DOI . .
Search and rescue operations were Not Required
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: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center AVDAC database. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, CRAFX, CASRP (Operations Report. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory and Helicopter was recovered

Crew Members:

War Story:
I served with Tom and Larry, and know the details of their crash. The unit was D 1/1 Cav, 16th Gp, Americal Div, I corps, based in Chu Lai. Callsign Sabre They were working west of Hawk Hill, the 1/1 Cav LZ that was NE of Tam Ky. They were part of a pink team that had sighted a large group of NVA in the open, and were making gun runs on the target. Tom was Pilot, and Larry was gunner. The aircraft was observed to pull out late and "mush" into the ground in a near level attitude. medevac was reported to find no wounds on either pilot. No exhaustive crash analysis was done on the wreckage, so combat damage could not be ruled out. They were reported to be receiving fire during the run. Larry was from Virginia, and had just had a baby boy born to his wife in the states. Nick Lappos, Sabre 74, nlappos@miami.gdi.net

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