Spence, Alex C., Jr., WO1

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Last Rank
Warrant Officer 1
Last Service Branch
Warrant Officer (pre-2004)
Last Primary MOS
100B-Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 100B, 162nd Assault Helicopter Company
Service Years
1968 - 1970

Warrant Officer (pre-2004)

Warrant Officer 1



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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Tonawanda
Last Address
Tonawanda

Casualty Date
Jun 20, 1970
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Kien Hoa (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Forest Lawn Cemetery - Buffalo, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
09W 075

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  1969, 3rd Warrant Officer Company-Class 69-19 (Fort Wolters, TX), B/4
 Unit Assignments
Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Fort Rucker, AL1st Aviation Brigade164th Aviation Group13th Aviation Battalion
  1968-1969, Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Fort Rucker, AL
  1969-1969, Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Fort Rucker, AL
  1969-1970, 100B, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1969-1970, 100B, 164th Aviation Group
  1969-1970, 100B, 13th Aviation Battalion
  1969-1970, 100B, 162nd Assault Helicopter Company
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  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
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Last Known Activity

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 65-09454
Incident number: 700620091ACD Accident case number: 700620091
Total loss or fatality Accident
The station for this helicopter was Can-Tho in IV Corps
Number killed in accident = 3 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 0
Source from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center Database.

Crew Members:

AC WO1 SPENCE ALEX C JR KIA
P WO1 COLATRUGLIO ROBERT F KIA
CE E3 G CATLETT  (Survived)
G SP4 LUTZ JOSEPH PATRICK KIA


Accident Summary:

 THE PILOT IN COMMAND WAS IN THE PROCESS OF DESTROYING AN ENEMY "HOOTCH" WHICH HE HAD SEEN TWO ENEMY PERSONNEL ENTER. HE RECEIVED PERMISSION TO ENGAGE THE TARGET AND BEGAN HIS ROCKET RUN FROM SOUTH TO NORTH. THE WIND WAS FROM APPROXIMATELY 210 DEGREES AT A SPEED OF ABOUT 10 KNOTS. THE AVERAGE ELEVATION OF THE TARGET WAS ABOUT MEAN SEA LEVEL, HOWEVER, THE TREES AROUND THE TARGET REACHED HEIGHTS OF 50 TO 75 FEET. WARRANT OFFICER SPENCE BEGAN HIS ROCKET RUN AT ABOUT 200 TO 300 FEET ABOVE MEAN SEA LEVEL. HIS SLANT ANGLE WAS STEEPER THAN NORMAL AND APPEARED TO WITNESSES TO BE ABOUT 45 TO 60 DEGREES. HE ONLY HAD TIME TO FIRE ONE ROCKET WHEN HE REALIZED HIS LOW ALTITUDE AND HE BEGAN TO MAKE A PULL OUT STRAIGHT AHEAD. BECAUSE OF THE STEEP DIVE ANGLE THE AIRCRAFT HIT THE TREES BEFORE HE COULD STOP HIS RATE OF DECENT. EITHER THE LEFT FRONT OF THE AIRCRAFT OR THE MAIN ROTOR BLADES HIT THE TREES FIRST, CAUSING THE HELICOPTER TO TUMBLE END OVER END. IT TURNED 360 DEGREES END OVER END IN THE AIR AND CONTINUED TO TUMBLE. ON THE NEXT ROTATION IT STRUCK THE GROUND IN AN INVERTED POSITION ON THE RIGHT FRONT CORNER OF THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRCRAFT BURST INTO FLAMES APPROXIMATELY 15 TO 30 SECONDS AFTER IT CONTACTED THE GROUND.\\

This record was last updated on 05/25/1998

 


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Date posted on this site: 06/20/2012

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