Helicopter OH-6A 65-12937

Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 65-12937
The Army purchased this helicopter 0467
Total flight hours at this point: 00001153
Date: 06/05/1970
Incident number: 70060515.KIA
Unit: C/7/17 CAV
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was UNK
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at 0150 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (12.7MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Fuselage
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL, ENGINE, STRUCTURE
Casualties = 01 KIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: LNNF, CRAFX, CASRP (Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )

Crew Members:

War Story:
The LOH OH-6 scout pilots of the 7/17th "mini cav" flew very close protective gun cover for us and wasted the dinks ! with the RPG in their little hidy hole cave. We affectionately called these scout pilots "Zip and Zap" as they would hover along side of us on these hoist missions and attempt to draw fire away from us but the "honorable" VC/NVA were always determined to bring down a big Dustoff with the pretty red and while crosses against green background. The two Zip and Zap LOH birds would spin on their axes while at a hover and instantly return devastating mini gun fire on the dinks. In addition to KIA Ken Lamborn, medic Doke and other Dustoff medics and crew chiefs I intend to do something in not to distant future to also honor the scout pilots of C troop 7/17 Air Cav. One of their pilots was killed just outside of LZ Uplift while they trying to locate a VC mortar crew in mountains overlooking Uplift. This local VC mortar crew on a sporadic but routine bases would drop their shit on our temporary home of LZ Uplift of the 173rd herd. The dinks got off the first shot and killed the pilot. This action occurred just a few days before our Dustoff bird was shot down in flames outside LZ Uplift on June 9, 1970 in "friendly pacified" Bong Son plain and Binh Dinh Province. from Bill Perkins.

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