Benicewicz, Richard C., CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 1981, 10th Aviation Battalion/61st Aviation Company
Service Years
1967 - 1969

Infantry

Captain



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Home State
Connecticut
Connecticut
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Danbury
Last Address
Danbury

Casualty Date
Mar 21, 1969
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Lawrence Cemetery - Brewster, Connecticut
Wall/Plot Coordinates
29W 096

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Last Known Activity

(posthumously promoted)

Status: Killed In Action while performing the duty of Pilot.

Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.


Flight class: 68-12/68-18

Short Summary: Main rotor seizure and separation from aircraft departing LZ English with 1LT Robert A. Dalton (pilot).

Aircraft: UH-1C tail number
66-15130

Call sign: Starblazers

Started Tour: 09/21/1968

married male

Race: Caucasian

Religion: Episcopal (Anglican)


This record was last updated on 07/29/1994
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Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-15130
Incident number: 690321321ACD Accident case number: 690321321 Total loss or fatality
The station for this helicopter was English in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 4 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated:
Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )

Crew Members:
P CPT BENICEWICZ RICHARD C KIA
P 1LTDALTON ROBERT ALAN KIA
CE SP5 SANTOS RENE ANTHONY KIA
G SP4 STOCK DALE LOUIS KIA

Accident Summary:

 HELICOPTER ^UH-1C, 66-15130^ WAS SCHEDULED AS AN ALERT AIRCRAFT FOR THE NIGHT OF ^21 MARCH 1969^. THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN LOCATED AT THE ^CRAPTABLE (HELIPAD)^ AND READIED FOR THE MISSION. AT APPROXIMATELY ^1900^ HOURS A SCRAMBLE WAS CALLED. HELICOPTER ^UH-1C 66-15130^ WAS THE SECOND OF TWO AIRCRAFT THAT MADE UP A LIGHT FIRE TEAM. THE MISSION WAS TO SUPPORT ELEMENTS OF THE ^173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE^ THAT HAD COME IN CONTACT. AFTER STARTING THE AIRCRAFT AND PREPARING THE AIRCRAFT FOR TAKE-OFF, THE LEAD SHIP CALLED ^#66-15130^ AND ASKED IF THEY WERE UP. THE CREW REPLIED BY RADIO TRANSMISSION THAT THERE WOULD BE A DELAY AS THE TRANSMISSION OIL PRESSURE WAS READING ZERO AND THEY COULD NOT GET THE LIGHT OFF, AND THAT THEY WERE GOING TO HAVE TO GET IT CHECKED. NO MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL WERE CALLED TO THE AIRCRAFT OR NOTIFIED OF THE CONDITIONS. APPROXIMATELY TWO MINUTES LATER ^66-15130^ HOVERED INTO TAKE-OFF POSITION. AFTER CALLING THE TOWER FOR INSTRUCTIONS, THE LEAD SHIP DEPARTED. THE SECOND AIRCRAFT, ^66-15130^, DEPARTED BEHIND THE LEAD SHIP. AFTER TAKE-OFF, ^66-15130^ FLEW FOR APPROXIMATELY 30 SECONDS BEFORE CRASHING. WITNESSES STATED THAT THEY HEARD WHAT SEEMED TO BE AN ENGINE OVER-REV, THEN A WHOOSHING SOUND AS THE MAIN ROTOR BLADE AND MAST SEPARATED FROM THE AIRCRAFT. SOME WITNESSES STATED THAT THE AIRCRAFT BLEW UP IN FLIGHT. IT IS BELIEVED BY THIS BOARD THAT THEY SAW TE EXHAUST OF THE AIRCRAFT AS IT WAS FLYING SOUTH GOING AWAY FROM THE WITNESSES. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED APPROXIMATELY ONE QUARTER MILE FROM THE HELIPAD. THE APPEARANCE OF THE WRECKAGE INDICATED THAT THE AIRCRAFT SKIDS SCRAPED A DIKE AND THAT IT WAS IN A NOSE LOW ATTITUDE, LEANING ON ITS RIGHT SIDE WHEN IT HIT. IT ALSO APPEARED TO HAVE BURST INTO FLAMES UPON IMPACT. THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES AND A PORTION OF THE MAST WERE FOUND APPROXIMATELY 300 METERS EAST OF THE AIRCRAFT.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998

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Date posted on this site: 07/20/2010

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Note From Page Administrator:  according to VHPA records of Unit Histories, the 61st Assault Helicopter Co. (originally 61st Aviation Co.) was attached to the 10th Combat Aviation Battalion when it first arrived in Vietnam. However, per 10th CAB History the unit was no longer attached as of June, 1968. Therefore, it must have been transferred at some point before then to the 268th Avn BN.

However, ATWS files for the 61st Aviation Co. only show it as part of the 10th CAB. Therefore, it is not listed as a seperate unit here.

   
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US Army Vietnam (USARV)1st Aviation Brigade268th Aviation Battalion
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