Helicopter OH-6A 67-16417

Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16417
The Army purchased this helicopter 1168
Total flight hours at this point: 00002298
Date: 06/28/1971
Incident number: 71062810.KIA
Unit: 196 BDE
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Unarmed Recon
While Enroute this helicopter was Unknown at UNK feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: AT859544
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 02 KIA . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
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, LNNF, CASRP (Operations Report. Lindenmuth New Format Data Base. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:

War Story:
When I was the S-3 of the 3/21 we often had a LOH for day Recon. I flew numerous missions with both Delaplaine and Kane. I held both men in high esteem then and time has not changed my opinion. I was in the rear processing to return to CONUS when I heard the news about Mr. Delaplaine and SP/5 Cook. Mr. Kane may have been the one who relayed the following to me prior to my departure: During a recon flight Delaplaine and Cook under fire from a group female VC in the Arizona Territory. The enemyís fire damaged the aircraft and wounded Delaplaine who crashed the LOH in the middle of the VC. The impact or rotor blades decapitated one or more of the VC. The story goes that the Blues found Delaplaine with his .45 on his lap and a cigarette in one of his hands. If memory serves SP/5 Cook was still in the AC. At some point Cook had removed his crash helmet because he was not wearing it when the VC shot him. Thatís the way I remember the story. From: Col. James F. Humphries (Retired)

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