Information on U.S. Air Force helicopter UH-1F tail number 64-15491
Incident number: 70031415.KIA
Unit: 20 SOS
UTM grid coordinates: YU825887 (To see this location on a map, go to https://legallandconverter.com/p50.html and search on Grid Reference 48PYU825887)
Casualties = 01 KIA, 03 WIA . .
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA, Unit History 14 SOW on film (Operations Report. )
Summary: Crashed in the jungle and destroyed while support LRRP mission. Suspect enemy ground fire caused the crash.
Loss to Inventory
FP CPT DILLEY DANA ALLEN KIA
IP CPT MR LEPER
AG SSG JA THORBURN
AG A1C DA CARPENTER
The 14th SOW and 20th SOS unit history state that they were flying in support of a LRRP mission in the Duc Lap area when they crashed in the jungle due to suspected enemy ground fire. The aircraft was destroyed. The pilot, CPT Dana A. Dilley, was a fatality. The IP, CPT Marvin R. Leper, received boken bones in one foot and cuts. Both gunners, SSGT John A. Thorburn and A1C David A. Carpenter, sustained major injuries. An Army helicopter on the same operation landed near the crash, retrieved the ground crew and transported them to Cam Ranh Bay where after treatment they were evacuated to the U.S.
This record was last updated on 07/28/1998
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