Information on U.S. Air Force helicopter UH-1F tail number 65-07944
Incident number: 70031910.KIA
Unit: 20 SOS
UTM grid coordinates: AP922981 (To see this location on a map, go to https://legallandconverter.com/p50.html and search on Grid Reference 49PAP922981)
Casualties = 03 KIA, 01 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: Shot down during a training flight in a free fire area.
Loss to Inventory
IP CPT ENDERLE CLYDE WILSON KIA
P CPT ESTRADA CARLOS ALBERT JR KIA
AG TSG GREENWOOD JAMES WILLIAM KIA
AG A1C JN VISNESKY
The 14th SOW and 20th SOS unit history state that this was a UH-1P, which was an UH-1F that had gone through the IRAN program for conversion to a gunship. They were the lead ship of a flight of two on a training flight in the free-fire area south east of Ban Me Thuot that was shot down by enemy ground fire. The aircraft was destroyed by the resulting fire. The IP, CPT Enderle and the pilot, CPT Estrada, were both fatalities as was one gunner, TGT James W. Greenwood. The other gunner, A1C John N. Visnesky, sustained major injuries when he was thrown clear. He was picked up by the second aircraft of the flight and transported to the Special Forces aid station at Ban Me Thuot East.
This record was last updated on 07/14/1998
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