Short Summary: Just off Soc Trang to support gound troops just outside wire. Hit on second pass, crashed and exploded. Garry D. Sheppard was pilot.
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 62-02008
The Army purchased this helicopter 0563
Total flight hours at this point: 00002697
Incident number: 68021888.KIA
Unit: 336 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Close Air Support
While On Target this helicopter was Attacking at UNK feet and UNK knots.
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (12.7MM)
causing a Fire.
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 04 DOI . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
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, UH1P3, 04910 (Operations Report. )
Summary: Sources indicate this was the 336th AHC UH-1B lost just outside of Soc Trang with the entire crew.
Loss to Inventory
AC WO1 KOSKOVICH MICHAEL L
P WO1 SHEPPARD GARRY DAYMON
CE SP4 PHIPPS LEONARD MORRIS KIA
CE SP4 EWALT DONALD THOMAS KIA
This record was last updated on 05/25/1998