Helicopter AH-1G 68-15168


Information on U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G tail number 68-15168
The Army purchased this helicopter 0669
Total flight hours at this point: 00001048
Date: 05/27/1971
Incident number: 71052744.KIA
Unit: D/3/5 CAV 5 INF
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Close Air Support
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at UNK feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YD186455
Unknown groundfire.
Systems damaged were: MULTIPLE, PERSONNEL
Casualties = 02 DOI . . Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Burned
costing 0
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, CASRP, Fred Blanchard (Operations Report. Casualty Report. )
Summary: Ship crashed possibly due to hostile fire or pulling out of a gun run too low to clear the trees.
Loss to Inventory and Helicopter was not recovered

Crew Members:
P WO1 FOY JERRY KIA
AC CPT CARTER PAUL DEAN KIA


War Story:
I considered CPT Paul Carter, who we called George, a good friend. George was very well liked and was a very good pilot. I can't remember his call sign other than it being Charlie Horse. I recall that the official story was that they hit a snag while making gunruns in support of a ground unit. The unofficial version was that George had been saying that he was going to show WO1 Foy a thing or two, or make a point for some reason. This was Foy’s first day in the AO. George had been making his dives steeper than usual and pulling out lower than usual. According to most versions, they were not supporting any ground unit; George just flew it into the ground. It was a tragedy for everyone that knew him. I don't know what was on his mind or what happened but if the unofficial version is true George was acting very much out of character. Submitted to the VHPA in March, 2000 by Fred Blanchard.

This record was last updated on 03/27/2000


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