Helicopter UH-1D 66-16707


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16707
The Army purchased this helicopter 0867
Total flight hours at this point: 00002317
Date: 05/06/1970
Incident number: 70050666.KIA
Unit: C/158 AVN
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: XD973379
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:
P WO1 BAXTER ROGER BRUCE KIA
AC CW2 POE CLIFFORD EARL JR KIA
CE SP5 KINNE ALLEN GENE KIA
G NOHL ALLEN


War Story:
Mid-air with 68-15663 a B/158 Lancer aircraft flown by CWO Richard C. Worthington, WO1 Robert L. Kirk, SP4 Frank Hernandez, SP4 William C. Weiss. The crew chief of Poe's ship Allen Nohl was the only survivor. Both aircraft were smoke ships. They collided while flying in formation laying a smoke screen for a combat assault in the mountains west of Tun Tavern and Langley. Poe was leading, with Worthington echelon right when they collided.

The following is from Allen Nohl, the only survivor: I received 1st degree burns to my hands and face and 2nd degree burns to 30% of my back and buttocks areas. Amazingly, I had no broken bones. I was rescued by a rope lowered to me from the command helicopter for the mission of that day. I tied the rope around my torso under my arms and they lifted me out of the jungle somewhat bouncing and crawling thru the jungle treetops as they pulled me along. They flew with me hanging below the aircraft to the nearest fire base which I think was 10 to 15 miles away. They landed and loaded me on a stretcher and placed me in that same helicopter and then was flown to a medivac hospital.

Can you give me any suggestions as to where the remains of my three crew members are buried? From: Allen Nohl

This record was last updated on 02/06/2010


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