Helicopter OH-6A 66-17771


Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 66-17771
The Army purchased this helicopter 0368
Total flight hours at this point: 00001490
Date: 05/29/1972 MIA-POW file reference number: 1868
Incident number: 72052928.KIA
Unit: H/17 CAV
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: ZA194964
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: 1868 ()
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
G SGT MORROW LARRY KANE BNR
P WO1 SPRADLIN GERALD DOUGLAS KIA


REFNO Synopsis:
On May 29, 1972, SP4 Larry K. Morrow was the gunner/observer on an OH-6A helicopter conducting a visual reconnaissance in Kontum Province. Enemy ground fire hit his aircraft causing it to crash and burn. On June 39, 1972, South Vietnamese Army forces searched the crash site and recovered Specialist Morrow's flight helmet and the skeletal remains of other crewmen who perished in the incident. The crash site area was later struck by a B-52 airstrike. Specialist Morrow was initially declared missing in action. Returning U.S. POWs had no information on his precise fate. In November 1973, he was declared killed in action/body not recovered based on a presumptive finding of death. On December 21, 1973, a Vietnam People's Army defector reported having seen an American POW in June 1972 at a location approximately 55 kilometers from the crash site. This report was placed in Specialist Morrow's file. In August 1974, the crash site was searched again, but no further human remains were recovered. In August 1983, U.S. intelligence received information concerning the downing of a U.S. aircraft in the general area of Specialist Morrow's loss incident. One airman was reportedly killed and one captured. This report was also placed in Specialist Morrow's file. In December 1990, U.S. investigators in Vietnam visited the area of this loss incident. They interviewed a former Vietnam People's Army officer with knowledge of the area and some responsibility for U.S. POWs held in the area. Although they had information on some U.S. POWs, they had no information about Specialist Morrow, including an indication as to whether or not he had been captured alive.

This record was last updated on 05/25/1998


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