68th AHC Known Aircraft Incidents & Accidents

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Unit member names in Bold Print were KIA The below information is a summary of the records shared by VHPA.  If you are aware of additional information please contact the webmaster so updates can be made.  Please accompany source of information such as incident or accident number with request.         
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Date Buro # Type A/C Co-Pilot C/E Gunner Pass. Injured/KIA A/C Status Remarks
7/20/1966 64-14095 UH-1B CW2 Lambdin,  Daniel CW2 Kinkeade, Ronald  SP4 Dillon, David A. Jr. SP4 Tate, Walter R. 0 4 KIA destroyed This was the 68th AHC's first combat loss. The aircraft was hit by an RPG right at Dillon's position.  During the landing approach, the helicopter was hit by enemy gunfire, exploded and crashed.
8/01/1966 64-14088 UH-1B CPT Abel,  Charles S. WO1 Edwin R. Higgins Sp4 Kenneth R. Bertsch AN Roger D. Childers USN 0 4 KIA destroyed 1 OF 2 Gunships escorting slicks to LZ missed LZ due to weather.  Returning to base, flight became separated in heavy rain.  AC seen slowing down and entering trees. 
3/19/1967 64-13799 UH-1D WO1 Barton, James P.
WO1 Dave
SP4 Sheffield, John N.     KIA SP4 Washburn, Johnny     KIA 0 3 KIA
1 injured
destroyed AC dropped off troops in hot LZ, the ac was about to exit the LZ when a command detonated mine was set off, the aircraft went down in the LZ and burned.
12/07/1967   UH-1C W1 Steven Hickman 1stLT John Rockom Unk. Unk. 0 4 Injured destroyed During a battalion size combat assault at Song Be.  Immediately after refueling, the engine died while in a tight turn about 100 ft. above the ground. The aircraft came down hard and rolled up. No fire,  cause of engine failure was fuel control valve failure.
12/11/1967 65-10134   W1 Toensing, JA W1 Webb, R. Unk. E4 Freeland, FL 4 7 Injured destroyed On climb out, a loud explosion was heard. An autorotation was made with a running landing. The aircraft hit an earthen birm, lost the skids and rolled forward. The engine failed from an unknown cause.
1/2/1968 66-00686   W1 Radcliff, Jr W1 Sitzer , EL SP5 Lakin, Richard Unk. 1 1 KIA repaired 686 on a night approach to an unlighted  airfield.  tail rotor struck main rotor blade of parked ac.. Tail boom then struck tail boom of another AC
1/3/1968 65-09680 UH-1D W1 Raimi, MD O2 Potter, JE Unk. Unk. 0 0 repaired Hard landing in IFR dust condition
2/26/1968 66-16861   W1 Plumlee,  PV W1 Post,  JH  Unk. E4 Taylor,  GE 0 2 injured destroyed Aircraft landing at high rate of descent.  Aircraft hit the ground, bounced and inverted
3/27/1968 66-16835   W2 Simon,  JL  W1 Wilms,  RH Unk. Unk. 0 0 destroyed Aircraft in PZ went IFR on takeoff.  Pilot flew the aircraft into a gully right side low with the main rotor striking the ground
3/08/1968 66-00654   WO1 Dave
Maj Charles Mix Unk. Unk. 0 0 destroyed
Location: 5K NE of Xuan Loc
Aircraft was escorting slicks on CA Mission.  Shortly after takeoff aircraft was hit by an RPG severing the tail rotor and gear box.  A/C performed an autorotation into jungle clearing, resulting in no further damage to aircraft. Aircraft was destroyed by grass fire started from a smoke grenade.
8/18/1968 66-16860   W1 Crosby Unk. Unk. E4 Strauss 0 3 WIA, 1 Inj. destroyed Aircraft struck by RPG in LZ - A/C burst into flames and destroyed
9/16/1968 65-09841 UH-1D WO1 Bowers, Russell WO1 Partridge, Norman PFC Summerfield, Samuel SP4 Herring, Brady 0 3 KIA - 1WIA destroyed Aircraft was shot up in a single ship LZ, lifted off, crashed in the trees and burned.
10/15/1968 66-16877   W1 Kludt,  KE  Unk. Unk. Unk. 0 0 repaired Tail rotor struck rice paddy causing sudden stop
12/11/1968 66-00529   Unk. Unk. Unk. Unk. 0 2 WIA repaired Helicopter took 6 hits from small arms, hit in tail section & engine, two crew wounded
3/20/1969 66-16077   O2 Stensgaard,  MM X1 Khanh, NV  E4 Smith,  DL  E3 Nuse,  K 4 2 injured destroyed Noise & vibration resulted in loss of pedal control and airspeed, ac began to spin, crash into trees, and impacted ground
3/24/1969 65-09526 UH-1C Unk. Unk. Unk. Unk. 0 1 WIA destroyed Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
4/20/1969 66-15042   O3 Christian, S W1 Bock, WH E4 Baca, Richard D. E4 JONES GP 0 0 repaired AIRCRAFT CRASHED ON THE EAST PERIMETER ROAD OF ^BIEN HOA AFB, RVN
4/21/1969 66-15184   Unk. Unk. Unk. Unk. 0 2 WIA repaired AIRCRAFT CRASHED ON THE EAST PERIMETER ROAD OF ^BIEN HOA AFB, RVN
5/5/1969 67-17210   W1 Anderson,  PG  W1 Montogmery,  WR E4 Eddins,  JD  E4 Woods,  MB  1 1 repaired Tail Rotor struck fence - resulting in hard landing - damaged tail and skids
6/14/1969 66-16134   W2 Polanski,  CS Unk. Unk. Unk. 0 0 repaired While hovering pilot heard loud bang, AC became difficult to control, AC sustained a hard landing
6/19/1969 66-15184   WO1 Haukeness, Glenn WO1 Williams, Robert Sgt Baca,  Richard D. SP4 Rouchon,  Michael 0 4 KIA destroyed Helicopter took hits from small arms fire, clashed and burned
6/27/1969 66-00883   02 Richardson, JH Unk. Unk. Unk. 0 0 repaired On approach to LZ AC sustained main rotor blade damage.
7/17/1969 66-16828   WO1 Garrison, Noel W1 Talbert,  ME E4 Clark,  EE E4 Floyd,  ML 3 2 KIA - 2 Inj. destroyed Aircraft lost power, fell through trees and was destroyed upon impact with ground.
8/14/1969 64-13595 UH-1D W1 Kane,  DC W1 Brown,  LL E5 Chandler,  DR E4 Balliet 1 5 injured destroyed On Smoke mission - AC struck dead tree, impacted ground 75 yards past tree, slid, and broke off tail, burned.
8/17/1969 64-13814 UH-1D O2 Paskell,  RC Unk. Unk. Unk. 0 0 repaired On touchdown from pickup zone ac expc main rotor blade strike both blades damaged beyond repair
8/29/1969 65-09925   W1 Burns, CM Unk. Unk. Unk. 0 0 repaired AC  began to loose RPM on Touch down, main rotor blades hit a tree damaging blades.
9/05/1969 68-15135 UH-1H Maj. Tom Moody Unk. Sp5 Charles Romero Unk. 0 1 KIA repaired A command detonated explosive went off at tree level killing the crew chief.  A/C lost power, tail rotor and boom damaged, helo auto rotated to ground.. 
9/17/1969 63-08822 UH-1D O3 Richardson,  JL W1 Libby,  DW E4 Barthel,  JE E4 Jones,  JM 5 1 KIA - 4 inj destroyed AC experienced translational lift,  then RPM loss.  The AC impacted the ground in a sideways movement, striking a log, the AC rolled on left side.
11/12/1969 64-13546 UH-1H W2 Widmer,  PC W1 VanDeest, TS Unk. Unk. 1 0 repaired Entering LZ tail rotor came into contact with the ground.  The tail rotor blades and 90 degree gear box were torn off immediately.  Ship landed. 
11/28/1969 66-01210   W1 Djukich, V. Unk. Unk. Unk. 0. 0 repaired AC was light on skids in pickup zone while loading troops.  AC bounced around allowing main rotor blades to dip down and hit small trees damaging blades.
12/4/1969 68-15325   W2 David A. Hickman Unk. Sgt. Roy L.   Royston E5 Joseph A. Velez-Hernandez 0 3 KIA destroyed Shot down after take off from Tan Linh. 
12/8/1969 65-09751 UH-1D W1 Patino,  A Unk. Unk. Unk. 0. 0 repaired On Take Off AC started bleeding RPM, AC aborted takeoff and landed in brush and small trees damaging main rotor blades and 90 degree gear box.
3/2/1970 65-09886   W1 Harris, WE Unk. Unk. Unk. 0 0 repaired Departing LZ Pilot lost visual reference in dust raised by other ac.  Pilot didn't see  tree in his path of flight, banked last minute around tree and lost lift.  Resulting in M/R strike ICDT damage to ac.
3/24/1970 66-16182   W1 Djukich,  V W1 Drewey.  EL E4 Downs,  DR  E4 Bodkins,  JL  0 1 injured repaired Loss of RPM on takeoff, ac settled, Main Rotor struck ground, damaged transmission and 90 degree gear box, substantial damage  Photo - 1 of several
4/12/1970 66-16214   W1 Rivett,  DA W1 Wade,  MG E4 Vent,  MJ E4 Kuneman,  DJ 0 1 injured repaired Aircraft struck tree stump in LZ, rolled over, substantial damage to A/C
4/13/1970 65-09439 UH-1C W2 Harberson,  WE W1 Smith,  HE E5 Youtsey,  JL E4 Jordon,  RL 0 4 injured repaired Harberson heard a lou noise and noticed the torque meter freeze at 50 #s, the engine failed.  He immediately auto rotated.  The AC hit hard and skipped about 50 ft, and rolled on the left side as it stopped.  Photo - 1 of several
4/18/1970 66-01036   W1 Stave, DG W! Reimer, JE E5 Sylvaia, RE E6 Morse, ML 0 0 repaired Troops jumped off ship changing center of gravity, tail swung down, stinger hit ground and tail rotor hit stump.  This ripped off the 90 degree gear box.  
7/9/1970 67-17386   W1 Woodruff,  MW W1 Day,  BW  E5 Stephens,  GL  E4 Sloan,  SW  0 0 repaired As the aircraft touched down, the right skid caught something, the AC leaned on its right side.
7/12/1970 68-16461   W1 Stave,  DG O2 Wilson,  Ron n/a n/a 0   repaired  ENGINE FAILED
7/26/1970 68-16190   W1 Stave,  DG O2 Holloway,  GA E5 Vent.  MJ  E4 Bodkin,  JL  2 all injured Unk Loss of power at 60 feet - impacted grown - tail broke off - rolled over    Photo - 1 of several
7/28/1970 67-17852   W1 Manning,  RE W1 VanDeest,  TS n/a n/a 0 0 repaired Rotor Mesh with another 68th ship
7/28/1970 66-19537   W1 Manning,  RE CPT. Robert Godar Unk. Unk. 0 0 repaired Rotor Mesh with another 68th ship
8/15/1970 69-15082   W1 Bauer,  BF W2 Peterson,  DG E5 Bowers,  DR   0   destroyed Engine failure followed by In-Flight Fire..  Successful autorotation from 1,700 feet.  AC continued to burn, destroying AC.   Photo - 1 of several
9/14/1970 68-15326   X1 Vh Tri O1 Pennock, TW n/a   0 1 injured Unk. During check ride, ac turned left, main rotor blade struck the ground.  AC settled on side, tail boom was severed and AC sustained severe damage.
 Photo - 1 of several
9/21/1970 68-16430   W1 Campos,  R X1 Trieu,  CX  E4 Lambert,  WD   0   repaired Engine Failed - hard landing
10/2/1970 64-13526 UH-1D W1 Maxwell,  JT X1 Dinh,  NV SP5 Titus, Karl W. SP4 Warnick, Michael 5 8 KIA - 1 inj destroyed AC experienced a prowler problem and started a shallow decent to return to PZ.  AC struck a tree at 110 feet and 60 degree angle.  AC struck ground and burned.  Photo  - 1 of several
11/19/1970 67-17286   W2 REIMER J Unk. Unk. Unk. 0 0 repaired Tail Rotor Damage
12/3/1970 64-13626 UH-1H O3 Durfee,  LW Unk. Unk. Unk. 0 0 repaired AC experienced varying oil pressure, then engine chip detector light came on.  A precautionary landing was started, engine problems continued and an autorotation was started when the engine exploded.

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