Helicopter or incident 66-00693


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00693
Date: 08/26/67
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Recon mission for Armed Escort , Other Aircraft.
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at 0050 feet and 105 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Engine Compartment
Systems damaged were: STRUCTURE
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: LNOF, 73526, JSIDR (Lindenmuth Old Format Data Base. Joint Services Incident Damage Report. )


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00693
Date: 02/02/68
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Close Air Support
While Enroute this helicopter was Unknown at 0300 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 5 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
The helicopter was hit in the Passenger Cargo Section
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL, MAIN ROTOR SYS
Casualties = 01 WIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P3, 03316 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00693
Date: 03/11/68
Incident number: 680311081ACD Accident case number: 680311081 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 189 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Pleiku / CP Schmidt in
Number killed in accident = 2 . . Injured = 2 . . Passengers = 0
costing 360679
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P CW2 LAUCK ELMER DALE KIA
P W1 RM FISH
CE PFC ANDREWS WILLIAM ALBERT KIA
G E4 DM MEADE


Accident Summary:

The aircraft autorotated downwind after engine failure. The aircraft struck the ground with forward speed. The aircraft burned. Engine failed, cause unknown

This record was last updated on 05/25/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: PFC William Albert Andrews
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/11/68 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 18.6
Date of Birth: 08/19/49
Home City: Benedict, MD
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 189 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 44E-013
Short Summary: Engine failure crash and burn. G E4 MEADE & P W1 FISH survived.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00693
Service number: 11574407
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 01/17/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/24/94


Name: CW2 Elmer Dale Lauck
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 03/11/68 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 26.3
Date of Birth: 11/28/41
Home City: Torrington, WY
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 189 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 66-7
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 44E-018
Short Summary: Engine failure crash and burn near Kontum on second tour.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00693
Call sign: Ghostriders
Service number: W3153283
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 05/27/67
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 06
Location: Kontum Province II Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Protestant - no denominational preference
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 07/28/94


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00693
Date: 03/14/68
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: AR764847
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


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00693
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in .
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DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6803   0    0 WDUVAA 189 AHC          VIETNAM                             


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