Helicopter UH-1D 66-16602

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16602
The Army purchased this helicopter 0767
Total flight hours at this point: 00001344
Date: 09/10/1969
Incident number: 69091010.KIA
Unit: 170 AHC
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: ZA025457 (To see this location on a map, go to https://legallandconverter.com/p50.html and search on Grid Reference 48PZA025457)
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:

War Story:
I was the gunner, It's been too many years and I quess I blocked things out too well and sorry to say don't remember the crew chiefs name,maybe Rick? We were taking a captain from one check point to another just down the supposedly secure road. We were going down the road 80+ knots at treetop level - too low. We took a rocket forward to my front and nosed down hit the ground and flipped. I woke up on the ground. The Captain broke some ribs and other injuries. The crew chief injured his back I think. I was the only one who was able to move around, but I was torn up pretty good. When I got to the crash, the bird had nosed down and the nose had flattened and the bird was on fire. I got the peter pilot out but--- I don,t remember what happened to the pilot. I quess my mind blocked it out. It really pissed me off at the time because after we crashed no one from either check point would come to help us! I always had extra weapons in case of a crash and wouldn't you know it we lost everything. Luckily for us a Chinook saw the smoke and got us out or we wouldn't have made it out. I really would like to remember and get in touch with the others. from: James X. Hough at jhough@twcny.rr.com

This record was last updated on 10/18/2004

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