Information on U.S. Air Force helicopter HH-53B tail number 66-14434
Date: 01/28/1970 MIA-POW file reference number: 1552
Incident number: 70012850.KIA
Unit: 40 ARRS
UTM grid coordinates: WF582048
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Reference Notes. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: 1552 ()
Loss to Inventory
C SMS PRUETT WILLIAM DAVID BNR
C SSG SHINN WILLIAM CHARLES BNR
C MSG SUTTON WILLIAM CARL BNR
P CPT LEESER LEONARD CHARLES BNR
P MAJ BELL HOLLY GENE KIA
Passengers and/or other participants:
SSG ANDERSON GREGORY LEE, AF, PK, BNR
North Vietnam Holly G. Bell Gregory L. Anderson William D. Pruett Leonard C. Leeser William C. Shinn William C. Sutton (1552) On January 28, 1970, an HH-53B with six crewmen on board was in a holding pattern while engaged in a search and rescue mission over Ha Tinh Province. There was a MIG alert on the radio after which a MIG-21 aircraft fired an air to air missile which hit the HH-53B. There was a fireball explosion which turned the aircraft into hundreds of pieces. There was one two second beeper after the explosion but there were no parachutes seen by other SAR aircrews covering the SAR effort. The crew of the helicopter was declared killed in action, body not recovered, in April 1970. Returning U.S. POWs had no information on their precise fate. In December 1988, Vietnam returned William Sutton's identity card and remains from Huong Khe District, Nghe Tinh Province it identified as those of William Sutton. The remains were determined to be of Holly G. Bell.
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