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OH-13 Vietnam Losses }-> 1965-1968

 

Date

Name(s)

Location

Insignia

Notes

29 OCT 71

CPT Joseph M. Tworcek [P]
WOC Azor T. Osburn Jr

Alabama

USAAVNS
TH-13T
#67-17067
News Article
Mid-air with a UH-1 #69-15187 3 miles N of Hanchey AHP during either a practice instrument approach or transitioning through heliport area at Ft Rucker.

01 APR 71

CW2 Donald R. Vomacka [P]

California

997 MED (AZ ARNG)
OH-13
A/C struck telephone wires and crashed on the highway median of IH-10 at 1458 hrs approx 3 miles W of Desert Center, CA on a routine training flight from Van Nuys to Phoenix. Vomacka died on 26APR71 of injuries sustained in the accident.

26 MAR 70

CPT Ottis Turner [P]

Texas

507 MED
H-13
News Article Crash Photo
A/C crashed on the outskirts of San Antonio, east of IH35 and Judson Rd enroute to Ft Hood from Ft Sam Houston in flight of 4.

11 JUN 69

CPT Alvin B. Robinson [P]
CWO Jerome Graham

Louisiana

256 AVN (LA ARNG)
OH-13
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
Crew was practicing takeoffs and landings at New Orleans Lakefront Airport when witnesses stated that the tail section snapped off while A/C was approx 15' AGL, went into a spin, crashed 20 yds from runway, bounced and then burst into flames upon impact.

07 JUN 69

CW2 William J. Goss [P]
CIV Don Maynard Davis
CIV Peggy Diana Whittle

Alabama

 

[Need A/C Unit] (USAR)
47G
#73980
Pilot checked out A/C from Napier Air Service at Dothan airport and flew to Headland. Upon landing at Headland, 2 PAX boarded A/C and soon after departure the A/C struck a power line and plunged into a wooded area.

18 FEB 69

WOC Robert T. Anton [P]

Texas

USAAVNS
OH-13G
News Article
Mid-air crash with TH-55A near the Holiday Inn in Mineral Wells during training at Ft Wolters.

23 JAN 69

CPT Neal M.G. Turner [P]

Germany

3 BDE HQ
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed in a wooded area just north of the Baumholder training range after departing Coleman Barracks in heavy fog.

29 NOV 68

CW2 Billie W. Budd [P]
1 injured

Alabama

USAAVNS
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed near New Brockton on a training flight from Ft Rucker. Budd was in the Vermont Army National Guard.

20 NOV 68

CW2 Thomas W. Eaton II [IP]
WOC James M. Kidney

Georgia

USAAVNS
TH-13T
A/C accident at Ft Stewart. No further information.

19 NOV 68

CPT Charles B. Appler [IP]
2LT Stephen E. Roush

Alabama

USAAVNS
TH-13T
News Article
Mid-air crash 12 miles NE of Ozark during an instrument training flight from Ft Rucker.

CW2 Jessie M. Patton [IP]
1LT Robert C. Blackshear [P]

25 SEP 67

CPT Elbert R. Kethley [P]
COL Thomas F. Flynn

Germany

35 ARTY GRP
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed in a wooded area 15 miles NE of Erlangen while on a flight from Bamberg during Exercise Large Play due to engine failure. After loss of power, A/C descended and struck 12' oak trees, tearing left skid off, pitched A/C down with fwd section of cabin striking a stump in a nose low, slightly left side low attitude.

25 AUG 67

CW2 Cornelius J. Doris [P]

Pennsylvania

3 BDE/28 ID (PN ARNG)
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed on a farm in Shrewsbury at approx 1615 hours while enroute to New Cumberland Army Depot from Camp A.P. Hill. A/C had been flying in support of tactical maneuvers at Camp Hill for the two-week summer training of the 28th Infantry.

18 JUL 67

CPT Eugene S. Bailey [IP]
WOC Charles R. Ammons Jr

Alabama

USAAVNS
TH-13T
News Article
Mid-air collision at approx 2000' AGL about 5 mi SW of Elba while on a training mission. IP's were employed with Ross Aviation.

Wayne Tolan [IP]
WOC Martin D. Dietrich

19 JUN 67

2LT Peter J. Arnolt [P]
CIV H.C. Gambrell [IP]

Alabama

USAAVNS
TH-13T
A/C was performing instrument training "under the hood" when it was involved in a mid-air crash at Ft Rucker. A/C crashed near the intersection of Hwy 51 and 167, approx 6 mi north of Enterprise.

18 MAY 67

CW3 Robert E. Dixon [IP]
WOC Lawrence G. Westbury

Alabama

USAAVNS
TH-13T
News Article
Mid-air collision near Clio while flying over a beacon during advanced instrument training at Ft Rucker. One A/C crashed in a pasture and the other came down in a pine thicket and were approx 425 yds apart.

CW2 Thomas K. Gibbs [IP]
WOC James R. Yates

18 APR 65

CPT Marcellus H. Jagoe III [IP]
CPT student pilot killed

Georgia

 

[Need A/C Unit]
H-13
News Article WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
A/C clipped a power line and crashed into a river during a routine training flight from Ft Benning with a student pilot. Pilot was flying below minimums authorized.

01 JUN 64

CWO James E. Sivils [P]

Oklahoma

356 TC (USAR)
H-13
#113088
News Article WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
A/C struck a power line and crashed in flames into a car on US 270 while on a routine training flight from Seminole Airport to Shawnee.

15 APR 64

CPT William G. London [P]

Germany

 

12 SIG
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed and burned while on a routine flight between Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, 8 mi W of Leonberg.

31 MAR 64

CPT James J. Kelly [P]

California

 

B/4 AVN
H-13
News Article WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
A/C crashed in a dry lake bed 10 miles S of Baker near Soda Lake during a desert training exercise. A/C was flying from Ft Irwin to to Needles. Cause due to missing bolt which connects the flight control scissor arm assy to the swashplate link fork assy.

06 AUG 63

LT Denny E. Foster [P]

South Carolina

 

[Need A/C Unit] Ft Campbell based
H-13
News Article WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
A/C crashed 2 mi south of Clinton along SR 72, while participating in Swift Strike III manuevers. Eyewitness saw A/C tilt to one side, crash and burn immediately upon impact.

09 MAR 63

CPT James D. Allen III [OB]
P injured

Germany

3 AVN
OH-13H
News Article
A/C crashed and burned at field CP near Schweinfurt on snow. Right skid sank into the snow and A/C rolled on right side causing M/R blades to strike the ground and caught on fire.

26 JUN 62

CPT John F. Hamel [P]

Massachusetts

HHC 2-5 ID (Mech)
H-13H
News Article Crash Photo
A/C crashed at Ft Devens during a demonstration before 1000 ROTC cadets. The A/C was demonstrating an autorotation from approx 100' AGL and 80 KIAS when A/C went into an extreme nose-high attitude, entered into a partial hammerhead stall, falling back on its tail and into an inverted attitude, M/R blades sheared the tailboom and fuselage dropped to the ground on the mast and bubble and burst into flames. Cause was loss of non-saftied bolt attaching cyclic fore/aft push-pull tube to fore/aft cyclic control level.

04 JUN 62

1LT George C. Haas [P]
SP4 Richard G. Elkins [CE]

Texas

502 AVN
H-13G
News Article
A/C was flying approx 20' AGL at 1000 hours, struck a powerline and careened along the road for 380' before it stopped on the side of Hwy 190 near Copperas Cove and burned. A rotor blade was entangled in the powerline.

12 JAN 62

CPT Charles G. Gibson [P]

Ohio

37 AVN (OH ARNG)
H-13
News Article
A/C appeared to tip over on its side while flying at about 600-1000', exploded and fell upside down crashing a few yards from a barn just west of Dublin.

30 OCT 61

SP5 Gerald Stephenson [CE]
P injured

Georgia

 

[Need A/C Unit]
H-13E
News Article Crash Photo
A/C crashed in a wooded area about 3 mi SW of Sylvester while taking part in a flight of 18 helicopters from Ft Rucker to Ft Stewart. A/C was on the 2nd leg of the cross-country flight and after 25 min of low-level flying, the engine failed and pilot attempted to flare and A/C crashed into the trees, hitting the first tree in a slight nose-high attitude, continued on and struck second and third trees. As it slammed into the fourth tree, A/C turned 180 deg and fell to the ground at an angle of 80 deg, nose down. Estimated vertical forces during crash was approx 25g. PAX was killed when he was hit in the chest by the right cyclic stick. Investigation determined that the intake manifold equalizer tube became disconnected at one rubber hose coupling.

12 SEP 61

1LT Eric E. Ingram [P]
PFC Raymond E. Johnson

North Carolina

 

[Need A/C Unit]
H-13H
News Article
A/C was RTB from drop zone on Ft Bragg during a medical evacuation flight with litter patient in right pod when it crashed into pine trees. Pilot tried to land on Longstreet Rd when it crashed and burst into flames. Suspect left pod came loose in flight and distracted pilot at low altitude.

28 AUG 61

CPT Manuel G. Guerrero

Germany

503 AVN
H-13
A/C struck powerline during takeoff near Kirchen-Thumbach, exploded in the air and burned.

17 NOV 60

CWO Edward E. Schnell [P]

Germany

 

[Need A/C Unit]
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed near Weidenstetten, about 10 mi N of Ulm, while flying from Munich to Stuttgart. Cause of crash was due to icing.

01 JUL 60

CWO William C. Lanier Jr [IP]
2LT Herbert A. Cohen [P]

Maryland

93 TC
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed while hovering over a Ft Devens runway in preparation for a training flight. A/C was performing a simulated backwards abort from confined area takeoff when it crashed.

28 JAN 60

CWO Harry W. Limerick Jr [P]
PFC Edward E. Cutler [C]

Virginia

 

[Need A/C Unit] (Ft Meade)
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed at 1900 hrs in a muddy ravine on a farm near US 60 approx 10 NW of Williamsburg enroute to Ft Eustis for maintenance.

09 OCT 59

1LT George D. Cobb [P]

Germany

503 AVN
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed after clipping the top of a grove of trees during a training flight at Grafenwoehr. Loss of control is believed to be a result of flying with feet off the pedals after achieving trans lift.

13 AUG 59

WO Lester G. Bunderick [P]

New York

 

52 AAA BDE (Air Section)
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed into the roof of a set of goverment quarters on approach to the airfield on Governor Island from loss of a bolt in the fore and aft swashplate controls causing loss of control.

11 JUL 59

LT John P. Pierce [P]
1 injured

Massachusetts

MA ARNG
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed after experiencing engine problems moments after takeoff from Martin's Pond on a night training mission.

09 DEC 58

MG Bogardus S. Cairns [P]

Alabama

 

[Need A/C Unit]
H-13
News Article Crash Photo
A/C crashed minutes after take off in dense woods NW of Ft Rucker HQ, while enroute to Matteson Range to observe a firepower rehearsal in preparation for a full-scale armed helicopter display. A/C was taking off from field site when it hit a wire extended between two tents causing pilot to lose control and fly into trees.

16 SEP 58

1LT David M. Duchesneau [P]
LT Hans-Helmut Keller (WGAF)

Germany

503 AVN
H-13
#51-13946
A/C fell from approx 500' and crashed into a field near Biedenkopf while taking part in army maneuvers. German LT was an F-84 pilot from FBW 31 at Noervenich serving as FAC during manuevers.

31 JAN 58

1LT Neely E. Kayser [P]
COL Anthony F. Kleitz

Germany

4 AD
H-13
News Article Crash Photo
A/C crashed after hitting overhead railway cables while flying in heavy fog near Ulm. COL Kleitz was the chief of staff of the U.S. 4th Armored Division.

25 SEP 57

LT Olaf C. Anderson Jr [P]

Alabama

USAAVNS
H-13
News Article
A/C engine failed, crashed and burned in a wooded area near Newton.

30 AUG 57

COL Terrance C. Fitzgerald
P injured

Korea

I CORPS
H-13
News Article Crash Photo
A/C crashed near the 121 Evac Hospital helipad near ASCOM City while enroute to Suwon during a heavy rain. A/C encountered heavy rain when it struck the ground wire of a high-tension powerline. One M/R blade broke off and A/C pitched downward to the right, bursting the bubble, continued a right spiral for approx 60' and struck an embankment. Embankment gave way and the A/C slid down some 20' and came to rest alongside the highway.

29 APR 57

CPT James S. Foster [P]

Germany

11 ABN
H-13
News Article WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
Mid-air with an 8 TC H-34 about 75' AGL over a ball field at Flak Casern near Augsburg. Choctaw observed other A/C land and PAX depart then diverted attention to clearing poles on approach. OH-13 proceeded to takeoff unaware of H-34 landing. M/R blades from both meshed and OH-13 began to burn and fell inverted to the ground. H-34 hung momentarily and then dropped to the ground and came to rest on left side. One ground soldier suffered a severed leg from debris coming from aircraft.

09 MAR 57

WO Wayne C. Mutsch

Alabama

USAAVNS
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed while on a routine training mission during a cargo helicopter course.

09 MAR 57

CPT Meddie C. Sullivan [P]
SP3 Charles W. Wilson [ME]

North Carolina

18 ABN
H-13
News Article
A/C from Ft Bragg crashed near Pittman baseball stadium on the outskirts of Fayetteville when it lost part of the rotor blade and nosed down into a field.

18 FEB 57

1LT Donald J. Osborn [IP]
MAJ John B. Dickson [P]

Alabama

USAAVNS
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed approx 6 mi E of the intersection of US Hwy 231 and 134 near Newton during a routine training mission.

23 JUN 56

LTC Charles Badger
P injured

Korea

 

[Need A/C Unit]
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed after striking a wire extended 75' above the Hantan River near the DMZ while on an flood reconstruction observation flight inspecting a bridge. LTC Badger's body was found approx a week later.

18 OCT 55

1LT Donald C. Reed [P]
SP3 Frank J. Klug

Louisiana

 

69 SIG
H-13
News Article Crash Photo
A/C clipped a power line and crashed on Hwy 167 near Ansley 8 miles S of Ruston on a flight from Camp Polk during Exercise Sage Brush.

31 JAN 55

1LT James W. Debo [P]
1LT John C. Alexander

Japan

24 DIV HQ
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed in the sea near Fukuoka, on the island of Kyushu.

26 AUG 54

CPT Kenneth R. Scurr Jr [IP]

Oklahoma

 

[Need A/C Unit]
H-13
News Article Crash Photo
A/C crashed and burned in a dairy farm pasture 3 miles NW of Lawton near US Hwy 62.

03 JAN 53

CPT Ralph G. Brown [P]
PV2 Forrest F. Smith

Korea

8 ARMY
H-13
News Article
A/C crashed and burned in an open field 2 miles from Seoul city airport while on a routine training flight when it hit a power line suspended between two towers 150' off the ground.

NOTE: 1st fatal helicopter crash the Eighth Army had suffered during the Korean War.

31 DEC 52

1LT Max Paul Edelmeyer [P]
1LT Floyd E. Harris

Germany

 

547 ENG
H-13E
News Article
A/C crashed and burned in a field near Buettleborn, 10 mi W of Darmstadt shortly after 1400 hours while carrying payroll money to troops. Wreckage was located about 150 yds from Highway N26.

NOTE: First fatal accident involving an Army helicopter in Europe.

15 MAR 50

1LT Herman Baker [P]
1LT Robert M. Wilson [P]

Texas

14 AFA
H-13
News Article
A/C hit a flock of birds causing a main rotor blade to disintegrate. A/C then crashed and burned about a half mile north of Killeen near a Camp Hood air strip.

NOTE: 1st helicopter crash noted at Camp Hood.

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18 OCT 68

1LT Richard O. Bickford [OB]
CPL Herbert C. Langenhorst
8 injured

Quang Tri Province

C/1/9 CAV
H-13
#64-15417
A/C touched down with the toes of the skids against the slope. As pilot began to lower collective to set the A/C down, it began to slide backwards, down the slope. At this point the tail pitched up, the skids raised clear of the ground, and the A/C began to accelerate forward causing M/R to contact the ground and brush. It continued to pitch forward and somersaulted onto its back and began to burn almost instantly. Parts of the A/C and debris from the trees struck numerous persons, causing two fatal injuries.

30 JUN 68

WO1 Frank W. Jones [P]
MAJ William C. Whitehead Jr

Pleiku Province

6/14 ARTY
H-13
#64-15411
While flying low level due to weather, engine failure occurred. A/C struck the ground in an extreme nose high-tail low attitude. The low RPM and loss of tail rotor control caused the A/C to roll nearly inverted and impact on its left side. Fire consumed most of the cockpit area.

12 MAY 68

WO1 Gary L. Allen [AC]
SP5 Arthur E. Null Jr [G]

Quang Tri Province

D/229 AHB
H-13
#64-15326
A/C shot down, crashed and burned.

09 MAY 68

WO1 Dayton W. Lanier [P]
CPL Chris W. Frankhauser [CE]

Thua Thien Province

HHC 1 BDE
H-13
#63-9097
A/C and another scout were doing lazy circles to cover each other as they worked their way up the valley. The other crew witnessed A/C straighten out of its turn, start a climb, and then spin back down into the trees where there was a dull explosion.

07 APR 68

CPT Fred H. McMurray Jr [P]
OB injured

Thua Thien Province

B/1/9 CAV
H-13
#63-9084
A/C departed LZ Stud in a flight of two to conduct a recon mission in support of a ground operation in the Au Shau Valley when A/C was hit by enemy fire, began burning in flight, and crashed. OB was badly burned and rescued shortly after the crash.

07 APR 68

1LT Robert C. Peda [P]
SFC Otto W. See [OB]

Thua Thien Province

A/1/9 CAV
H-13
#63-13681
A/C was wingman of an aero-scout fire team that was engaged in recon of an area near Long Vinh known to contain many enemy positions. A/C located several insurgent emplacements and unhesitantly attacked them while being subjected to intense hostile fire. During the battle, A/C was hit by AW fire, causing it to burst into flames and crash. Pilot survived crash but returned to A/C to rescue observer. Just prior to reaching the acft, it exploded.

04 MAR 68

CW2 Donny R. Kidd [P]
MAJ Adrian L. Del Camp

Kontum Province

173 ABN
H-13
#64-15423
A patrol found the acft wreckage near the top of the Mang Yang Pass along QL 19 between Pleiku and An Khe four months after it disappeared. A/C was inverted with bullet holes thru the pilot's seat, suggesting that it was conducting low-level operations through the Pass when it was shot down.

05 FEB 68

WO1 Theodore A. Papke [P]
SP4 Christopher E. Lyon [OB]

Binh Duong Province

D/1/4 CAV
H-13
#63-9181
A/C shot down, crashed and burned.

03 FEB 68

WO1 Howard D. Bennett [P]

Binh Long Province

1 BDE 1 INF
H-13
#64-15381
A/C shot down near Quon Loi and crashed.

03 DEC 67

1LT William S. Cutter [P]
PFC William M. Daley [OB]

Quang Tin Province

B/1/9 CAV
H-13
#63-13677
Conducting an armed recon mission. While in the target area and operating at about 50 feet and 70 knots, A/C was hit by automatic weapons fire, crashed, and burned.

27 NOV 67

WO1 Glenn C. Hopes [P]
LTC Robert H. Gross

Binh Duong Province

2 BDE 1 INF
#64-15422
A/C became hard to control while in flight, crashed and burned while conducting search for a missing soldier.

31 OCT 67

SP5 Robert V. Muller [OB]
P rescued

Vietnam

D/1/4 CAV
Struck and killed by small arms fire during a VR near Quon Loi.

29 OCT 67

SP4 William H. Jett [OB]
P injured

Binh Long Province

D/1/4 CAV
#63-9183
A/C crashed and burned west of Lai Khe.

25 JUN 67

CPT Alfred W. Murphy [P]
MAJ Robert W. Kurtz [OB]

Binh Duong Province

1 INF DIV
#64-15379
A/C shot down, crashed and burned.

18 MAY 67

WO1 Otto A. Seamans Jr [P]

Quang Ngai Province

B/1/9 CAV
#63-9107
A/C shot down by small arms fire and crashed.

25 APR 67

CPT Charles S. Moore [P]
SGT Dick D. Culver [OB]

Binh Dinh Province

A/1/9 CAV
#63-9127
A/C shot down and crashed.

18 MAR 67

WO1 Myron T. Goddard [P]

Vietnam

1 CAV
#63-9192
A/C was flying at a low altitude due to darkness and haze. Pilot apparently lost reference with the ground and told the lead ship that he was going back, started a left turn and struck a tree. A/C crashed into the side of a hill and burned after impact.

24 NOV 66

SGT Ronnie C. Anderson [G]
P injured

Vietnam

A/1/9 CAV
#63-9220
A/C was on recon and received heavy AW fire, crashed and burned.

12 OCT 66

1LT Douglas L. Jones [P]
SGT David H. Freeman

Vietnam

173 ABN
#64-15416
Skids struck powerlines at Long Binh on Highway 15.

13 JUN 66

WO1 Ralph R. Smith [P]
PFC Rudolph C. Selenka Jr [OB]

Vietnam

B/1/9 CAV
#63-9153
A/C was trail ship on recon mission. A/C crashed and exploded and burned on impact. Assumed shot down by ground fire.

30 MAR 66

CPT Burton A. Blanton [P]

Vietnam

B/1/9 CAV
Killed in the Ia Drang Valley.

07 MAR 66

LTC Harlow G. Clark Jr [P]
1 injured

Vietnam

1 BDE 1 CAV
#63-9093
WARNING: Clicking on this icon will display graphic image of crash site.
Pilot was taking the new CO on an aerial tour of the base camp at An Khe. A/C landed in a roughly cleared area on the perimeter North of Hong Kong Mountain. When attempting to take off, the right skid of the helicopter caught under a tree root and the acft rolled over. A blade came through the bubble, hitting Harlow, killing him instantly.

19 FEB 66

1LT William J. Stephenson [P]
PFC Kenneth W. Lanter [OB]

Vietnam

A/1/9 CAV
#63-9210
A/C shot down while on a reconnaissance mission. Pilot died 4 days later of injuries.

27 JAN 66

PFC William C. Geis [OB]
P injured

Vietnam

C/1/9 CAV
#63-13668
A/C was shot down, rolled end over end several times and came to rest inverted. OB died later of injuries.

18 NOV 65

CW2 Lindsey H. Crow [P]
SP4 John F. McDermott [C]

Vietnam

54 SIG BN
#63-9082
Crash in water off Nha Trang.

04 OCT 65

MAJ Charles F. DeAmaral Jr [P]
CPT John D. Musgrove (USAF) [OB]

Binh Dinh Province

C/1/9 CAV
#63-9151
A/C was conducting a recon flight in an when A/C was shot down.

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