Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00508
The Army purchased this helicopter 0666
Total flight hours at this point: 00001189
Date: 05/20/1969
Incident number: 69052020.KIA
Unit: 189 AHC
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YB980195
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
AC CW2 GILLIS TRAVIS O RES
P WO1 HAIRE BENJAMIN WAYNE KIA
CE SP4 RANDALL JOHN MICHAEL KIA

This record was last updated on 07/09/2004


The following is crewmember information for this incident:


Name: SP4 John Michael Randall
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/20/1969 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 20.3
Date of Birth: 02/09/1949
Home City: Phoenix, AZ
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 189 AHC, GUNS
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 24W-061
Short Summary: Engine failure on climb out from Dak To. AC CW2 T. O. Gillis injured & sent stateside. Graysneck was on wing. No hostile fire.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00508
Service number: 18954159
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Primary cause: Engine Failure
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 01/22/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist - other groups
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 08/20/1995


Name: WO1 Benjamin Wayne Haire
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/20/1969 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 20.2
Date of Birth: 03/26/1949
Home City: Jonesboro, GA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 189 AHC, GUNS
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 68-519/68-35
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 24W-059
Short Summary: Engine failure on climb out from Dak To. AC CW2 T. O. Gillis injured & sent stateside. Graysneck was on wing. No hostile fire.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00508
Call sign: Avengers
Service number: W3162432
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 100B = Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot
Primary cause: Engine Failure
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 01/13/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist - other groups
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 06/28/1991