unit history information
282 AHC was a US Army unit
for 282 AHC
For date 681117
Primary service involved, US Army
Location, Dien Ban
Description: The 282nd AHC unit history reported what began as a normal firefly mission heralded the start of a battle in which the men of the 282nd were to greatly distinguish themselves. About 0400H a BLACK CAT Firefly Team, escorted by two ALLEYCATS was called to the village of Dien Ban, 10 miles southwest of Da Nang. An estimated NVA battalion and a VC company had attacked the town and adjacent compound. As the battle lines were drawn and daylight dawned, team after team of ALLEYCATS attacked targets and BLACK CATS landed amind the battle for medevac and resupply missions. Again the night of the 17th and the morning of the 18th, enemy troops massed and attacked, but were repulsed with the help the the Firefly Team. Total results from two days of flying were the destruction of one 75mm RR, one .51 cal AA gun, one 62mm mortar, one flame thrower, a large radio and over 100 enemy KBA.
The source for this information was 282 AHC History 1 Jan - 31 Dec 68 by 1LT Thomas Prince
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