Information on U.S. Army helicopter AH-1G tail number 67-15836
The Army purchased this helicopter 1268
Total flight hours at this point: 00002405
Date: 05/24/1972 MIA-POW file reference number: 1865
Incident number: 72052430.KIA
Unit: F/79 ARA 1 CAV
This helicopter was LOST TO INVENTORY
UTM grid coordinates: XT768786
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: 1865, Mike Sloniker ()
Summary: Shot down with SA-7 over An Loc
Loss to Inventory
P CW2 HENN JOHN ROBERT JR BNR
P CW2 HOSAKA ISAAC YOSHIRO KIA
WO2 Isaac Y. Hosaka, pilot, and WO2 John R. Henn, aircraft commander, were flying an AH1G Cobra helicopter which was participating in a medivac operation about 8 kilometers south of An Loc, South Vietnam. WO2 Henn's helicopter was in a flight of three Cobras at 4800 feet when the helicopter appeared to break in half. The aircraft then went into a flat spin, exploded and burst into flames upon impact. The other helicopter pilots concluded that the Cobra had been hit by a SAM (surface to air missile), as they had seen a trail of white smoke from the ground to the aircraft. The other two Cobras remained over the site, but observed no one leaving the crash. An immediate search in the area was not possible because of the enemy situation, but on June 2 and June 5, brief surface searches were conducted and remains were found which were identified as those of WO2 Hosaka. A refugee reported that he had witnessed a Cobra helicopter crash and burn near Tan Khai village. Fifteen days later, he saw the bodies of two individuals who had apparently died in the crash. The U.S. Army believes this report may correlate ot Henn and Hosaka.
Shot down by an SA-7 missile in AH-1G, south of An Loc near the village of Tan Khai at XT 768 786 at 1425H.
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