Helicopter UH-1B 63-08600


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 63-08600
The Army purchased this helicopter 0464
Total flight hours at this point: 00001320
Date: 11/11/1966
Incident number: H123ACD Accident case number: H123
Unit: 119 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was a Recon mission for Armed Escort , Other Aircraft.
While in Target Area this helicopter was Attacking at 0100 feet and 080 knots.
Cambodia
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (12.7MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Fuselage
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL, STRUCTURE
Casualties = 03 DOI, 01 INJ . . Number killed in accident = 3 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Burned
costing 241950
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, CRAFX, COMLT (Operations Report. Crash Facts Message. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC CPT SPEARE WALTER RICHARD III KIA
P 1LT STONE DEE WAYNE JR KIA
G SP4 GENNARDO RES
CE SP4 SCHOENIG EDMOND DAVID KIA


Accident Summary:

Aircraft shot down by enemy anti aircraft fire, crashed and burned.


War Story:
From After Action Report: 11 November: A battalion quick-reaction lift of the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry was accomplished this date, but not without a tragic loss of three members of the company and a total of three gunships. A Special Forces MIKE force was surrounded approximately 200 meters from the Cambodian border and had suffered 70% casualties. A total of eighteen slicks and six guns were involved in the assault to place the 1st of the 12th in a fire base position. Three guns were lost with a loss of seven lives and five wounded. 1LT Dee W. Stone, SP4 Edmond Schoenig, and Captain Walter R. Speare, who has been keeping this daily account of the company. The gunner, SP4 Gennardo, crawled nearly 1,000 meters through an airstrike and artillery barrage to the landing zone, although severely burned. One of the guns crashed on an enemy anti-aircraft emplacement, destroying the machine gun and the three enemy team members. In conjunction with this lift, a company of troops was airlifted to the Special Forces landing zone, without loss or injury, and effected rescue of the remaining force. Following the mission it was found that in the immediate vicinity of the original landing zone, two companies of 12.7 mm anti-aircraft machine guns were located. Captain Speare and his crew were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for their actions. Major Edwards, Major Gosney, Captain Courts, WO1 Williams, SGT Tomphins, PFC Bohannon, SP4 McAda, and PFC Spellman were all cited for heroism.

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