Chaffin, William T., III, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 1981, 2nd Brigade (Heavy Armored) 1st Cavalry Division /HHC
Service Years
1967 - 1969

Infantry

First Lieutenant


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Home State
Tennessee
Tennessee
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Oakland
Last Address
Oakland

Casualty Date
Aug 29, 1969
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Phuoc Long (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Lexington National Cemetery - Lexington, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
18W 005

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Last Known Activity

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

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

Flight class: 69-8

Aircraft: OH-6A tail number 67-16637

Primary cause: A/C Accident

Started Tour: 06/02/1969

single male U.S. citizen

Race: Caucasian


This record was last updated on 07/29/1995

  



Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A tail number 67-16637

Incident number: 690829211ACD Accident case number: 690829211 Total loss or fatality
The station for this helicopter was Phouc Vinh in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 0
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 1LT CHAFFIN WILLIAM T III KIA
CE E5 DE ECHOLS
G E2 LR HUGHES

Accident Summary:


AIRCRAFT 637 WAS CONDUCTING A LOW-LEVEL SCOUT MISSION IN PHUOC LONG PROVINCE, RVN. THE AIRCRAFT WAS 30 MINUTES INTO THIS, ITS SECOND MISSION. THE FIRST MISSION HAD LASTED APPROXIMATELY 5 HOURS. THE AIRCRAFT WAS FLYING LOW-LEVEL AND IN A STEEP RIGHT TURN OVER A SUSPECTED ENEMY TRAIL.

THE CREW CHIEF TOLD THE PILOT THERE WAS A UH-1 AT HIS 10 O]CLOCK POSITION. THE PILOT STARTED TO LEVEL OUT TO AVOID THE OTHER AIRCRAFT. THE PILOT SEEING THE OTHER AIRCRAFT DID NOT EFFECT HIM, STARTED TO BANK BACK TO THE RIGHT.

UPON LEVELING OUT THERE WAS A TALL TREE TO THEIR DIRECT FRONT. THE PILOT TRIED TO AVOID THE TREE BY CLIMBING AND BANKING HARD TO THE RIGHT. THE CORRECTIVE ACTION WAS TOO LATE AND THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED WITH TREE. UPON HITTING THE TREE, THE LEFT SKID AND THE TAIL BOOM WERE BROKEN FROM THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED TO SPIN AS IT FELL. THE AIRCRAFT HIT ADDITIONAL TREES AS IT FELL AND LANDED INVERTED.

THE CREW CHIEF AND PILOT WERE BOTH PINNED IN THE WRECKAGE. APPARENTLY THE GUNNER WAS THROWN CLEAR WHEN THE AIRCRAFT HIT THE TREES AS IT FELL. WITHIN 20 MINUTES A MEDEVAC SHIP WAS AT THE SCENE TO EVACUATE THE CREW. THE JUNGLE PENETRATOR WAS USED TO FIRST EVACUATE THE GUNNER. THEN FOUR MEN WERE DROPPED DOWN TO FREE THE TWO PINNED IN THE WRECKAGE.

THE PILOT HAD APPARENTLY BEEN KILLED BY THE IMPACT WITH THE TREES.\\


This record was last updated on 05/25/1998
  


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William T. Chaffin III was a fellow graduate of Infantry OCS Class 5-68. We graduated on 5 Feb 68. Thanks, Bill, for giving your all in the service of our nation.

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