Helicopter OH-6A 67-16254


Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16254
The Army purchased this helicopter 0868
Total flight hours at this point: 00000841
Date: 08/17/1969
Incident number: 69081777.KIA
Unit: 326 MED 101 ABN
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Rescue and Recovery mission for Medical Evacuation
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at UNK feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Explosive Weapon; Non-Artillery launched or static weapons containing explosive charges. (RPG, 7.62MM)
causing a Blast.
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, LNNF, HUGHS, CASRP (Operations Report. Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P CPT MINER GEORGE LOUIS KIA
AC WO1 CATON GERALD LEWIS KIA


War Story:
This LOH is thought to be the only OH-6A to carry DUSTOFF red crosses during the Vietnam War. The air ambulance platoon borrowed this LOH from the 3rd Bde, 101st ABN as an experiment to see of they could eliminate some UH-1H host missions by taking advantage of the LOH's small size. It served as an air ambulance for just three weeks prior to being destroyed. At least two photos exist that show this LOH with its red crosses and the pilots that were qualified to fly it. The EAGLE DUSTOFF quarterly newsletter provides additional details.

This record was last updated on 05/25/1998


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