Helicopter CH-47A 64-13152

Information on U.S. Army helicopter CH-47A tail number 64-13152
Date: 06/04/66
Accident case number: E951
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC KIEFFER GW

Accident Summary:

CRUISING AT 3000 FT TRANS OIL PRESS DROPPED TO 18 PSI LOW PRESS WARN LITE FLICKERED FOR COMBINING TRANS INTERNAL FAIL AT COMBINING TRANS OIL COOLER


Information on U.S. Army helicopter CH-47A tail number 64-13152
Date: 06/14/66
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Tear Gas Drop
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at 1500 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Left Side
Systems damaged were: OIL SYS, STRUCTURE
The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft took off, fully flight capable.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Aircraft repaired on the spot with tools and parts on hand
PHU LOI recovered the helicopter. Repaired at PHU LOI
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: LNOF, 06096, FM232, CRAFX, CH47 (Lindenmuth Old Format Data Base. Crash Facts Message. )


Information on U.S. Army helicopter CH-47A tail number 64-13152
The Army purchased this helicopter 0965
Total flight hours at this point: 00000447
Date: 02/03/68
Accident case number: 680203031
Unit: 605 TC CO
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 12000
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W2 HARRINGTON MF

Accident Summary:

Bottom retaining latch on copilot escape door was not completely seated against door. Vibration of the aircraft caused the door to come unlatched and it traveled through the main rotor blades causing extensive damage to the blades

This record was last updated on 01/05/97


Information on U.S. Army helicopter CH-47A tail number 64-13152
The Army purchased this helicopter 0965
Total flight hours at this point: 00000458
Date: 04/19/68
Unit: 355 AVN
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
This was an Unknown mission for Unknown , Sling Loading.
This was a Combat Loss caused by being shot down by with the mission function of Logistics Cargo
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was at Hover at UNK feet and 000 knots.
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YD261087
The helicopter was hit in the Engine Compartment causing an Explosion.
Systems damaged were: ENGINE, PERSONNEL
Casualties = 01 INJ . .
Search and rescue operations were Not Required
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Burned
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: OPERA, CRAFX, CASRP (Operations Report. Crash Facts Message. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory and Helicopter was not recovered

REFNO Synopsis:
CASE SYNOPSIS: GONZALES, JESUS ARMANDO Name: Jesus Armando Gonzales Rank/Branch: E5/US Army Unit: Company A, 228th Aviation Battalion (Assault Support Helicopter), 11th Aviation Group, 1st Cavalry Division Date of Birth: 20 September 1947 (Mexico) Home City of Record: Pittsburgh PA Date of Loss: 19 April 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 162248N 1070700E (YD290105) Status (in 1973): Missing In Action Category: 4 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: CH47A Other Personnel In Incident: Douglas R. Blodgett, William R. Dennis; (missing from CH47A, coordinates YD290105, pilot and co-pilot survived); Michael J. Wallace, Anthony F. Housh; (missing from CH47, coordinates YD291087-LZ Tiger; pilot, co-pilot and gunner survived); Arthur J. Lord; Charles W. Millard; Philip R. Shafer; Michael R. Werdehoff (missing on CH54, coordinates YD255095-LZ Tiger) REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On April 19, 1968 three Army helicopters were shot down in the A Shau Valley of South Vietnam. All three were making supply runs to Landing Zone Tiger in Quang Tri Province. Five men survived the three crashes, and nine men remain missing. The CH47A on which Douglas Blodgett was a crewman, William Dennis was flight engineer, and Jesus Gonzales was crewchief was resupplying ammunition at the LZ when it received small arms fire from the ground and crashed. The pilot and co-pilot were able to crawl away, but the rest of the crew was never found. They were declared Missing In Action. The CH47 on which Anthony Housh was flight engineer and Michael Wallace was crewchief was hit by 50 calibre and 37 mm ground fire on its approach to the LZ. Housh and Wallace jumped from the aircraft from an altitude of 50-100 feet above the jungle canopy. The others were rescued. No trace of Housh and Wallace was ever found. They were declared Missing In Action. The CH54 "Flying Crane" on which Arthur Lord was aircraft commander, Charles Millard pilot, Arthur J. Lord co-pilot, Michael Werdehoff flight engineer, and Philip Shafer crewchief was carrying a bulldozer into the recently resecured LZ Tiger when the aircraft was hit and crashed. All the crew were classified Missing In Action. Thorough searches for the 3 helicopters were not immediately possible because of the enemy situation. A refugee later reported that he had found the wreckage of two U.S. helicopters, one with 3 sets of skeletal remains, in Quang Tri Province. The U.S. Army believes this could correlate with any of the three helicopters lost on April 19, 1968, but no firm evidence has been secured that would reveal the fate of the nine missing servicemen


War Story:
In hover preparing to drop a sling load of ammunition. Crew reported explosion in aft pylon in vicinity of number two engine. Aircraft settled to the ground nose down with violent shudders and fire in aft area. Crew exited, one with 3rd degree burns. Twenty minutes later the fire caused the ammunition to explode, destroying the aircraft


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter CH-47A tail number 64-13152
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 0965.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6610   0  312 WC5JAA 178ASLTSPTHELCO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6611   0  312 WC5JAA 178ASLTSPTHELCO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6612   0  312 WC5JAA 178ASLTSPTHELCO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6701   0  312 WC5JAA 178ASLTSPTHELCO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6702  22  334 WC5JAA 178ASLTSPTHELCO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6703   0  334 WC5JAA 178ASLTSPTHELCO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6704   0  334 WC5DAA 605 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN
6705   0  334 WC5DAA 605 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN
6706   0  334 WC5DAA 605 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN
6707   0  334 WC5DAA 605 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN
6708   0  334 WC5DAA 605 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN
6709   3  337 WC5DAA 605 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN
6710  10  347 WC5DAA 605 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN
6711   5  352 WC5DAA 605 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN
6712  40  392 WC5DAA 605 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN
6801  24  416 WC5DAA 605 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN
6802  31  447 WC5DAA 605 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN
6803  11  458 3261   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY



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