Helicopter CH-47B 67-18435


Information on U.S. Army helicopter CH-47B tail number 67-18435
The Army purchased this helicopter 0967
Total flight hours at this point: 00001142
Date: 05/05/1970
Incident number: 70050599.KIA
Unit: B/159 AVN
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Logistics Support mission for Resupply
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at UNK feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YD399298
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size.
causing a Fire.
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 05 KIA . .
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, CRAFX, CASRP (Operations Report. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC WO1 VANDEWARKER RICHARD L KIA
P CW2 MASON GEORGE ARDEN KIA
CE SGT BUFFINGTON LARRY DANIEL KIA
C SP4 BROWN GARY WAYNE KIA
G PFC WASSON STEVEN EDWARD KIA


War Story:
Hit by 37 mm anti aircraft round while flying with sling load. Caught fire and crashed nose down. Five crew members were fatalities.

A/C was shot down at approx 11:00 hours on May 5th, vicinity of FSB O'Riely. At 11:30 G-2 reported that the nearest unit to the downed a/c was A/3/187th, call sign "Coaster 34". At 11:15 (late entry) A2/17 ARP was launched to vicinity 400295 (Varsity A/C). The a/c was reported as burning. ARP on the ground at 12:05, green LZ. Neg survivors found at a/c. At 15:15 A2/17 ARP extracted 5 bodies from CH-47, ARP extracted at 15:45. From: Randall White

This record was last updated on 02/20/2009


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