Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15491
The Army purchased this helicopter 0369
Total flight hours at this point: 00001835
Date: 05/16/1971 MIA-POW file reference number: 1746
Incident number: 71051610.TXT
Unit: A/101 AVN
UTM grid coordinates: YC499987
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: 1746 ()
Loss to Inventory
CE SP5 CROOK ELLIOTT BNR
G SP4 JACOBSEN TIMOTHY JOHN BNR
P CW2 FARLOW CRAIG LEE BNR
P CPT NOLAN JOSEPH PAUL JR BNR
SYNOPSIS: On May 16, 1971, Lt. Joseph P. Nolan, pilot; W1 Craig L. Farlow, aircraft commander; SP4 Elliott Crook, crew chief; SP4 Timothy J. Jacobsen, door gunner; comprised the crew of a UH1H helicopter conducting a combat assault insertion of ARVN Marines into a landing zone (LZ) in the vicinity of Hue, Thua Thin Province, South Vietnam. Lt. Nolan's helicopter was the seventh to land on the LZ. On departing the LZ, pilots of the fifts and sixth helicopters stated that they were taking enemy fire. Lt. Nolan radioed after touchdown that he was taking heavy ground fire, that his crew chief was wounded. Lt. Nolan immediately took off and at 250 feet, witnesses saw his aircraft rapidly lose rotor RPM and crash into the tree tops, bursting into flames. No survivors were seen to exit the aircraft. On May 24, a search and recovery team made a ground search and found 2 partial skulls and one partial right foot, all badly burned. It was also noted that there were four more possible remains that were trapped under the heavy wreckage. The partial skulls were later determined to be Vietnamese. The other remains were not recovered because of hostile fire.
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