Helicopter UH-1H 68-16307

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-16307
The Army purchased this helicopter 0969
Total flight hours at this point: 00001449
Date: 02/08/1971 MIA-POW file reference number: 1700
Incident number: 71020810.KIA
Unit: C/158 AVN
UTM grid coordinates: XD582368 (To see this location on a map, go to https://legallandconverter.com/p50.html and search on Grid Reference 48QXD582368)
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Reference Notes. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: 1700 ()
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:

REFNO Synopsis:
STEWART, PAUL CLARK Name: Paul Clark Stewart Rank/Branch: W2/US Army Unit: Company C, 158th Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne Division Date of Birth: 05 January 1950 (Boulder CO) Home City of Record: Buena Park CA Date of Loss: 08 February 1971 Country of Loss: Laos Loss Coordinates: 163634N 1062853E (XD582368) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 4 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: UH1H Other Personnel in Incident: WO Thomas P. Doody; PFC John E. Robertson; SP4 Charles G. Bobo; an ARVN soldier (remains returned) REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On February 8, 1971, WO Thomas P. Doody, pilot; CW2 Paul C. Stewart, aircraft commander; SP4 Charles G. Bobo, crew chief; and PFC John E. Robertson, door gunner, comprised the crew of a UH1H helicopter operating about 10 miles from Lao Bao in Savannakhet Province, Laos on an insertion mission. During the mission, Stewart radioed the flight leader that his aircraft had sustained damage to the tail rotor by ground fire, and that he was returning to the pickup zone, which was about 5 miles inside the South Vietnam border. While the aircraft was en route, Stewart radioed that he had inverted and was going in, and nothing further was heard. The flight leader then observed a column of smoke coming from the crash site of the helicopter. The Cobra team accompanying the operation was dispatched immediately, but detected no signs of survivors in the area of the wreckage. Several burned remains were seen around the wreckage. It was determined that the aircraft had crashed, exploded on impact, and burned. The remains were identified as Doody, Bobo and Robertson. A fourth body was determined to be that of an ARVN on board the aircraft. No trace of Stewart was round. It could not be determined whether he burned in the crash or was thrown clear of the aircraft as it impacted. CW2 Paul C. Stewart is listed among the missing because he was not found and return home - dead or alive. Since no trace was found of his death, the chance of survival, no matter how slim, cannot be ruled out. As thousands of reports mount that Americans are still alive in Southeast Asia, held against their will today, one must wonder if one of them could be CW2 Stewart. If so, what must he be thinking of us?

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