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Goldbook information on UH-1D 66-01063

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-01063
The Army purchased this helicopter 1266
Total flight hours at this point: 00000568
Date: 04/24/68
Unit: 57 AHC
South Vietnam
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC WO1 QUINN JOHN W
P WO1 WEISBURG STUART E
CE BILLINGS JOHN JOSEPH
G NOBLES LARRY BLUE

War Story:
We were resupplying elements of the 4th Infantry Division. We later learned they had stumbled into a regimental size base camp. We attempted to land three times but smoke from both the Americans and the enemy obscured our vision. We hovered over a spot where we thought the friendlies were and the crew stowed their weapons and began throwing out the supplies. Suddenly bullets from automatic weapons started coming through the cockpit and cargo compartment. The gunner got off a few rounds while I pulled pitch. The caution panel lit up. We were especially concerned about the transmission and hydraulic caution lights. We considered landing in a near by river, but was not sure if it was in friendly hands so we proceeded to fire support base Mile High on the Cambodian border. At about 150 feet on final approach, the controls froze up and the helicopter began to spin. The tail boom and main rotor separated and the cabin landed just inside the wire. All four crew members were injured with the pilot being injured the least. A 57 AHC Huey came in to pick us up and took us to Kontum where we were checked out in the medical tent. A maintenance crew went in and stripped the aircraft then a Cougar gun ship destroyed it as the FSB was evacuated. An Arclight was called in to destroy the regimental base camp. from: John Quinn, January 1997

This record was last updated on 01/20/97


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-01063
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 1266.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6612  13   13 W0VM4B 189 AVN CO       5THARMY    FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6701  37   50 W0VM4B 189 AVN CO       5THARMY    FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6702   6   56 W0VM4B 189 AVN CO       5THARMY    FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6703   0   56 W0VM4B 189 AVN CO       5THARMY    FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6704   0   56 W0VM4B 189 AVN CO       5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6705   0   56 W0VM4B 189 AVN CO       5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6706   0   56 W0VM4B 189 AVN CO       5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6707   0   56 W0VM4B 189 AVN CO       5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6708   0   56 W0VM4B 189 AVN CO       5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6709   0   56 W0VM4B 189 AVN CO       5TH ARMY   FORT CARSON      5TH ARMY
6710   0   56 3285   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6711  90  146 3285   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6712 130  276 3285   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6801  95  371 3285   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6802  82  453 3285   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6803 115  568 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN
6804   0  568 WAX5AA 57 AVN CO AM FW  VIETNAM                     RVN

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