Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 67-17801
The Army purchased this helicopter 0968
Total flight hours at this point: 00003111
Date: 04/02/1972 MIA-POW file reference number: 1812
Incident number: 72040220.KIA
Unit: F/8 CAV
UTM grid coordinates: YD218628
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: 1812 ()
Loss to Inventory
ASTORGA JOSE M POW
CE SP5 PASCHALL RONALD PAGE RR
P WO1 FRINK JOHN WESLEY RR
P 1LT KULLAND BYRON KENT RR
South Vietnam Ronald P. Paschall Byron K. Kulland John W. Frink (1812) On April 2, 1972, a UH-1H helicopter from the 1st Signal Brigade with four men on-board was on a direct combat support mission near Quang Tri City, Quang Tri Province. While searching for the crew of a downed U.S. Air Force aircraft, the helicopter was hit by hostile small arms fire and crashed. An airborne SAR mission failed to locate any survivors and the crew was declared missing in action. In April 1972, a former People's Army of Vietnam sergeant reported the downing of a helicopter on April 1, 1972, which crashed near an anti-aircraft gun position in the vicinity of this loss incident. The crew was believed to have been killed in the crash. In another report, a former People's Army soldier reported sighting an American POW in April 1972 who was being escorted by nurses near the Ben Hai River in Quang Tri Province. The American was captured from an aircraft shot down by People's Army forces. In March 1973, surviving crewman Jose M. Astorga was repatriated alive during Operation Homecoming. He reported that hostile fire hit their helicopter's fuel cell which exploded, engulfing their helicopter in flames. He believed all other crewmen died in the ensuing fire and crash, and neither he nor any other returning POWs had any knowledge that any other crewmen survived into captivity. After Operation Homecoming, the other crewmen were declared killed in action, body not recovered based on a presumptive finding of death.
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