178th ASHC CH-47 Aircraft Losses
Serial # Date of Flight Time Model Loss
64-13156 05-30-66 270 Hrs. CH47A Lost to accident in RVN Nui Ba Den Mountain, also known as Black Virgin Mountain near Tay Ninh, was covered by fog as A/C 156 approached looking for the landing spot. The chinook, with internally loaded fuel barrels, was at a hover when it fell off it's ground effect and caught fire as it tumbled down the side of the mountain. Joe Boylan was at the left gun and dove over it to safety. The flight engineer, SP/5 Ross Brown, and two passengers from the Big Red One were killed in the aircraft. An unknown number of Vietnamese civilians on the ground were killed in the fire.
64-13162 06-27-66 214 Hrs. CH47A Lost to accident in RVN Crashed on take-off from confined PZ with an internal load of tin panels.
CWO Logan - Co Pilot
Capt. Seely - Pilot - killed in crash
SP/6 Luster - Flt. Engineer
SP/5 Akins - Crew Chief - burned badly
64-13153 06-25-67 1086 Hrs. CH47A Lost to accident in RVN Aft pylon caught fire in flight, and the crew chief bailed out on final. Aircraft destroyed by fire.
64-13158 08-18-67 846 Hrs. CH47A Lost to accident in RVN The aircraft, with a heavy internal load of steel fence stakes,lost rotor RPM during the take off from the LZ at Mo Duc. The crew chief reported a fire in the aft transmission and during the emergency forced landing the rotor blades struck a stone or concrete arch. When the aircraft impacted the ground, the cabin broke apart and was consumed by fire. There were no fatalities but the crew chief, Jon D. Green, was seriously burned but was able to escape through one of the rear port holes. He was med-evacuated to Japan.
67-18475 05-12-68 108 Hrs. CH47B Lost to combat action in RVN Hit at 300 ft. by 50 caliber ground fire, while on finaapproach to Kham Duc runway. The aircraft crashed and burned but the crew escaped. A/C 475 was the lead A/C on the first flight of Chinooks into Kham Duc that morning.
67-18469 05-12-68 147 Hrs. CH47B Lost to combat action in RVN The aircraft sustained intense 50 caliber ground fire, whiletaking off from Kham Duc. No. 2 engine was shot or blown off and both hydraulic systems were lost. Several hits were takenin the forward rotor area and part of one blade was reported lost at approximately 400 feet. With a full load of troops the aircraft crashed uncontrolled and burned. One fatality to a passenger, PFC Sand (A Co. 1st BN. 46th Inf. 198th Lib.)was reported as a result of enemy fire.
67-18455 06-19-68 310 Hrs. CH47B Lost to accident to RVN Aircraft 455 was lost to a taxi accident when its blades struck another CH47 on the 178th ASHC flight line. The flight engineer, SP/6 Phillips, died in the accident.
67-18457 07-01-68 270 Hrs. CH47B Lost to accident to RVN The aircraft was involved in a low-level mid-air collision when a UH-1C huey pulled pitch straight up into the CH47B. The crew of five were KIA on the chinook, pilots 1LT. Eoff and CWO Boyter, gunner - SP/4 Burnham, crew chief - SP/4 Puls, flight engineer - SP/4 Ostrander.
67-18470 02-23-69 769 Hrs. CH47B Lost to combat action in RVN The aft section caught fire when it was forced down by enemy fire. The front section was salvaged. During the attempted recovery by another CH47B, A/C 470 was released due to drop in transmission oil pressure in the recovery aircraft. The recovery aircraft returned to find A/C 470 had been destroyed
by the VC.
67-18461 03-22-69 400 Hrs. CH47B Lost to accident in RVN Several passengers and one crew member, SP/5 Tedford were KIA as the aircraft lost power on its final approach to the LZ.
67-18458 05-15-69 1070 Hrs. CH47B Lost to combat action in RVN A/C 458 was signed into the 178th ASHC on 03-08-68. The aircraft was lost while in a 50 ft. hover over LZ Professional.It took six hits. Three in the aft transmission and three in the control closet. The chinook was destroyed by fire, but there were no casualties.
67-18445 08-26-70 1126 Hrs. CH47B Lost to combat action in RVN The aircraft was hit by enemy fire while on final approach. The pilot heard an explosion that caused the aircraft to crash tail first into the trees and burn. The internal load of 105mm ammo began exploding. Four of the five man crew and twenty troops aboard the Chinook were KIA. The pilot, Capt. Eric Reid, was the only survivor. The four crew killed were CW2 York, SP/4 Tefft, SP/4 York and PFC McDougal.
67-18493 02-06-71 1763 Hrs. CH47B Lost to accident in RVN The aircraft was on short final to LZ Siberia when the bolt through the pilot valve broke in the aft rotor head, causing the aircraft to pitch up and crash on top of the water buffalo it was delivering to LZ Siberia. The crew was lost in this accident. Pilots Capt. David Alexander and Capt. Michael Kerl and the enlisted crew of SP/5 Robert Rogers, SP/5 Ambers Hamilton and SP/4 Curtis Williams. Capt. Richard Aaron (16th Group, 123rd Bn. Flight Surgeon) was on the A/C getting flight time and was also killed.
69-17120 07-21-71 88 Hrs. CH47C Lost to accident in RVN Near LZ Professional the aircraft experienced a power loss in both engines causing a sever yawing action. Of the 40 heavily armed ARVNs sitting in the rear, some were unable to hold on, or decided to try their luck jumping when they were close to the ground. About 12 ARVNs were killed in the accident. No American's were killed but the flight engineer was hurt bad enough to be medically discharged.
68-15854 05-24-72 1627 Hrs. CH47C Lost to combat action in RVN 178TH ASHC aircraft that was lost after the Boxcars left Vietnam. The former Boxcar crew were killed on A/C 854 when it was hit by 60mm mortars. They were on short final to an ARVN radar site near Quang Tri. The pilots were CWO James Barefield and Capt. Harry Thain. The crew was SP/6 Frank A. Newman, SP/5 Charles W. Gaches, and PFC David L. Brooks.
This War story about aircraft 68-15854, has been contributed by Brian M. O'Neill , LTC (R) FA thru Bill Sly.
On lift-off it was struck in the cockpit by a 60mm mortar round. The aircraft impackted the ground and crew of five were fatalities.
I am writing because after many, many years of searching I found information on your site about a Chinook helicopter loss in Viet Nam in 1972. It's listed under helicopter CH-47 68-15854. I was stunned to read the file. It brought back many memories.
In May 1972, I was an artillery advisor to South Viet Nam units in I Corps. Originally, I was the senior advisor to an ARVN 175mm gun battalion. The unit was not yet ready when the Easter Offensive started with North Viet Nam's attack across the DMZ. The unit was ordered north to support the Third Division. A day later I was ordered to replace the Third Division's artillery advisor. I went to Quang Tri City. Just before it fell. I was rescued by a young WO1 flying an OH-6. He took me to Hue where I worked trying to get the ARVN's I Corps Artillery' Fire Support Center up and running.
Some time later, as an economy of force measure., a decision was made to emplace a personnel radar to cover the approaches to Hue. The plan was to lift a squad of ARVN engineers with construction material to a mountain top where they would build a bunker for the US manned radar. After the bunker was completed but before the roof was completed, the radar would be lofted in place.
the support of a Chinook was obtained. I now know it was from the 62nd ASHC. I marshaled the ARVN engineers and material on a grassy field along the Perfume River in Hue. I had a US Army sergeant advisor named Brooks and a Viet Namese sergeant from engineer unit with me. SFC Brooks had radio contact with the Chinook while the Viet Namese sergeant had contact with the engineer squad.
All was going according to plan as the Chinook made trip after trip delivering the engineers and the material. I decide to get the next trip out to the but saw an old monument at the far end of the field. As a history buff, I wanted to lookat it. So, I told SFC Brooks that I would take the following lift. I walked down to the monument and using my high school French was able to decipher that the monument had been erected in the 1880' by a Foreign Legion penal battalion.
As I was reading the monument's words, I saw SFC Brooks waving me back. I ran down the field and he told me that the Viet Namese sergeant had received a radio call from the mountain site telling that they were receiving sporadic mortar fire. Most disturbing was that the engineers reported the fire was over, short, left and right of there position. Being artillerymen, SFC Brooks and I instantly realized the enemy's plan. They were getting the range and would fire when the helicopter was on site.
I called the helicopter and told them not to go in. I explained I was an artillery officer and knew what would happen. the pilot told me that they would go in. I again told him not to go. He said something about going in and then going back to his base to refuel. It was the last I heard from him. Moments later, the ARVN engineers reported that the helicopter had been hit, crashed and the crew was dead.
I am sad and frustrated that I have no more memories of that day. I cannot remember how the bodies were recovered or if later continued the mission at a later time. This incident has haunted me for the rest ofmy Army career and ever since. If anyone on your site could fill in more details, I will rest easy. I never even knew the names of the crew. Knowing their names Knowing their names now helps.
Thank you helping to ease an old soldier's mind.
A total of 15 CH47s were lost from the 178th ASHC, 7 to combat actionand 8 to accidents. As of 09-01-72 a total of 140 U.S. Army CH47s were lost in the RVN. 59 to combat action, 79 to accidents and 2 were listed as other. 79 were A models, 26 were B models and 35 were C models.
64-13148 04-26-67 Aircraft repaired but pilot was killed CW2 Walter F. Morris KIA by small arms fire while on final approach to Da Nang. The other pilot, CW2 John Green, was also hit twice but was able to land the Chinook. Mr. Green and the flight engineer, Robert (Duke) Enlow, both received the distinguished flying cross. Enlow lifted Mr. Morris's body off the collective, where he had slumped, and held him up until Mr. Green, could get A/C 148 on the ground.
UNKNOWN 03-27-70 Crew member killed on flight line SP/4 Hartsfield was in the process of moving from gunner to crew chief. A combining transmission leak showed up when the aircraft was preparing to leave its parking place on the 178th ASHC flight line. The aircraft was shut down and Hartsfield grabbed a couple of wrenches and in his rush to fix the aircraft, he climb up the right side with the blades still rotating. He died when the front blade hit him in the temple and was knocked off the aircraft.