Burns, Michael Edward, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
61A-Seaman
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 67N10, 1st Aviation Brigade
Service Years
1969 - 1970

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Jose
Last Address
San Jose

Casualty Date
Jul 12, 1970
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Golden Gate National Cemetery - San Bruno, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
08W 011

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 Unit Assignments
11th Aviation Battalion/128th Aviation Company1st Aviation Brigade
  1969-1970, 67N10, 11th Aviation Battalion/128th Aviation Company
  1969-1970, 67N10, 1st Aviation Brigade
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I did not know SP/4 Burns. I am sponsoring him because he flew with the 128th AHC.

The report of the crash is as follows:  "THE UH-1B, SERIAL NUMBER  #62-1967 WAS ON A GENERAL SUPPORT MISSION OPERATING FROM CU CHI IN SUPPORT OF ARVN, 3RD BRIGADE, 25TH INFANTRY. THE AIRCRAFT WAS LOADED WITH 4000-4500 ROUNDS OF 7.62 MINIGUN AMMUNITION, 36 TEN POUND 2.75 ROCKETS, 2 CASES OF SMOKE GRENADES AND FUEL LOAD OF 1050 POUNDS. THE GROSS WEIGHT OF THE AIRCRAFT WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 8350 POUNDS. PRIOR TO TAKEOFF AT CU CHI, THE AC CHECKED THE CREWCHIEF AND DOOR GUNNER OVER THE INTERCOM, TO DETERMINE IF THEY WERE PROPERLY STRAPPED IN. AT A ONE FOOT HOVER CHECK, PULLING 35.0 POUNDS OF TORQUE, THE AIRCRAFT DID NOT REVEAL ANY BLEED OFF OF ROTOR RPM. AFTER TAKEOFF THE AC, WO1 VANOVER, MADE A MAX BLEED TORQUE CHECK AND FOUND THE BLEED TORQUE TO BE 37.5 POUNDS. DURING THE FLIGHT FROM CU CHI TO THE LZ THE GUNNER WAS OBSERVED BY THE CREWCHIEF TO UNBUCKLE AND GO FORWARD TO THE CONSOLE TO GET A CIGARETTE LIGHTER. WHEN HE RETURNED TO HIS SEAT, HE DID NOT BUCKLE IN AGAIN. THE CREWCHIEF, BY HIS OWN STATEMENT, ALSO UNBUCKLED TO GET A SCREWDRIVER TO LOAD HIS MINIGUN.  HE DID NOT RESCURE HIS HARNESS. UPON ARRIVING AT THE LZ THE COMMAND AND CONTROL SHIP DIRECTED THE AIRCRAFT TO GIVE A DRY MARK AND LOOK THE AREA OVER FOR ANY BARRIERS, OBSTACLES, BELLY PUNCHERS, TAIL ROTOR GRABBERS. THE AIRCRAFT CIRCLED THE AREA TWICE TO GATHER LANDING DATA. THE AC BRIEFED THE CREW ON THE SMOKE DROP. THE AIRCRAFT DECENDED AND TOOK A CROSSWIND HEADING AT 10 TO 15 FEET, AT 40 KNOTS ACROSS THE LZ. AS THE AIRCRAFT PASSED OVER THE AREA, THE CREWCHIEF SPOTTED A BUNKER PRIOR TO DROPPING THE SMOKE TO MARK THE LZ. AFTER THE DROP WAS MADE THE AC INITIATED A RIGHT TURN WITH SLIGHT AFT CYCLIC TO GAIN ALTITUDE. THE AC WANTED TO RETURN TO FIND THE BUNKER. AT THIS POINT THE AC HEARD THE RPM DETERIORATING. AT THIS TIME HE LOOKED AT THE RPM AND STATES IT WAS ABOUT 6100 AND TORQUE WAS ABOUT 35 POUNDS. AT 35 FEET AND 25 TO 30 KNOTS, HE LOWERED THE COLLECTIVE SLIGHTLY DECREASING TORQUE 4 TO 5 POUNDS, INCREASED THE RIGHT BANK TO APPROXIMATELY 20 DEGREES AND APPLIED SLIGHT RIGHT PEDAL TO ATTEMPT TO GAIN RPM. AT THAT POINT, THE AC THOUGHT HE COULD RECOVER. THE RPM DID NOT STABILIZE. IT CONTINUED TO DETERIORATE THROUGH 6100 RPM. WHEN THE INITIAL CORRECTIVE ACTION PROVED INEFFECTIVE THE AC LOWERED THE COLLECTIVE AGAIN, BUT NOT FULLY, AND RETURNED THE AIRCRAFT TO A LEVEL ATTITUDE. PRIOR TO INITIAL PITCH PULL THE AC ESTIMATED HIS GROUND SPEED TO BE ABOUT 10 KNOTS, AND THE VEGETATION T BE THREE TO FOUR FEET TALL. THE ACTUAL HEIGHT OF THE VEGETATION WAS 6 TO 7 FEET. THE INITIAL PULL OCCURED JUST ABOVE OR AT THE TOP OF THE VEGETATION. AFTER PITCH PULL THE AIRCRAFT RAN OUT OF ROTOR RPM AND DIRECTIONAL CONTROL. AT 3 TO 4 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND THE AIRCRAFT FELL THROUGH CONTACTING THE GROUND IN A RIGHT YAW. THE LEFT ROCKET POD CONTACTED THE GROUND AND WAS SNAPPED OFF. THE AIRCRAFT THEY YAWED FURTHER TO THE RIGHT AND ROLLED OVER ON ITS LEFT SIDE. ONE WITNESS STATED THE ACTION APPEARED TO BE IN SLOW MOTION.  THE GUNNER, POSITIONED IN THE LEFT SIDE OF THE AIRCRAFT, WAS THROWN OR POSSIBLY JUMPED FROM THE AIRCRAFT. THE GUNNER WAS CRUSHED AND SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES WHEN THE AIRCRAFT ROLLED ON ITS LEFT SIDE. THE CREWCHIEF AND PILOT CRAWLED OUT OF THE WRECKAGE WHILE THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER SHUT OFF THE FUEL AND BATTERY. THERE WAS NO FIRE ALTHOUGH FUEL WAS LEAKING FROM THE FUEL CELL. THE AIRCRAFT ENGINE WAS RUNNING AFTER THE AIRCRAFT ROLLED ON ITS LEFT SIDE."

   
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