Helicopter UH-1H 69-15277


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 69-15277
The Army purchased this helicopter 0470
Total flight hours at this point: 00001264
Date: 03/31/1971
Incident number: 71033143.KIA
Unit: A/227 AVN
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YB028185
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:
AC WO1 REID ROGER GLEN KIA
P WO1 BELLEN GORDON E RES
G JOHNSON ROBERT RES


War Story:
This was our first mission since our company was redesignated with the 1st Aviation Brigade after the 1 Cav pulled out. We were flying "chuck chuck" over Firebase 6 (ARVN base with 10 U.S. advisors). They were running out of ammunition. The base was being hit by two NVA regular divisions. We volunteered to sling ammo in. Our first pass went okay taking only a few holes. Our second trip, they were waiting. Roger took a round through the windshield to the face. He went into a death grip on the controls and we spun into the ground outside the perimeter. The right seat, crew chief and I survived and crawled into the firebase. Due to the "heat", we left Roger with the ship to recover later. The firebase got over-run nine days later. from Bob Johnson May 1997

This record was last updated on 12/26/2006


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