6600597

Helicopter 66-00597

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00000493
Date: 04/15/67
Unit: 114 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Close Air Support
While Enroute this helicopter was in Bank Right at 0200 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
Systems damaged were: FLT CONTROLS, PERSONNEL
Casualties = 01 WIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00000769
Date: 07/02/67
Unit: 114 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was an Unknown mission
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at UNK feet and UNK knots.
Not Reported
Helicopter took 1 hits from:
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
Systems damaged were: TRANSMISSION, STRUCTURE
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.
Repaired at VINH LONG


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00000769
Date: 07/30/67
Unit: 114 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Close Air Support
While in Target Area this helicopter was Attacking at 0300 feet and UNK 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 Forward area
Systems damaged were: MAIN ROTOR SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00000769
Date: 07/30/67
Unit: 114 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Recon mission for Armed Recon
While in Operations Area this helicopter was in Bank Right at 0450 feet and 080 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 Left Side
Systems damaged were: STRUCTURE
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00000867
Date: 08/18/67
Unit: 114 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Close Air Support
While Enroute this helicopter was in Bank Left at 0400 feet and UNK 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 Forward area
Systems damaged were: MAIN ROTOR SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00000867
Date: 08/24/67
Unit: 114 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Recon mission for Armed Escort , Other Aircraft.
While in Operations Area this helicopter was in Orbit at 2300 feet and 080 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 Fuselage
Systems damaged were: STRUCTURE
The helicopter Continued Flight.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00000867
Date: 08/31/67
Unit: 114 AHC
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 in Bank Right at 0100 feet and UNK 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 Aft area
Systems damaged were: FLT CONTROLS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00001195
Date: 12/08/67
Unit: 114 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED
for Close Air Support
While in Target Area this helicopter was Attacking at 0200 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 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 Left Side
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL, STRUCTURE
Casualties = 01 WIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00001195
Date: 12/11/67
Unit: 114 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Close Air Support
While in Target Area this helicopter was Attacking at 1000 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 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 Bottom
Systems damaged were: STRUCTURE, FLT CONTROLS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00001195
Date: 12/12/67
Unit: 114 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Close Air Support
While Enroute this helicopter was in Bank Right at 1000 feet and 080 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 Left Side
Systems damaged were: STRUCTURE
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00001195
Date: 12/30/67
Unit: 114 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Recon mission for Armed Escort , Other Aircraft.
While on Landing Zone this helicopter was Landing at 0300 feet and UNK knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 6 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 Forward area
Systems damaged were: ELECTRICAL SYS, MAIN ROTOR SYS
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00001315
Date: 01/03/68
Unit: 114 AHC
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 0400 feet and 080 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 Left Side
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00001315
Date: 01/09/68
Unit: 114 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Close Air Support
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at 0200 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 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 Left Side
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL, MAIN ROTOR SYS
Casualties = 01 WIA . .
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any mission objectives.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00001315
Date: 01/21/68
Accident case number: 680121011
Unit: 114 AHC
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 2801

Crew Members:
AC W1 SCHUSTER DC
P W1 HARRIS FA

Accident Summary:

Aircraft was in a light fire team supporting a combat assault when it hit turbulence or rotor wash. The pilot was unable to climb fast enough to miss a tree line in the flight path. Aircraft contacted a tree limb causing damage to the nose section


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00001354
Date: 02/27/68
Unit: 114 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Close Air Support
While Enroute this helicopter was at Level Flight at 0300 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 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 Forward area
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft took off, fully flight capable.
The aircraft was diverted or delayed after completing some mission objectives.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00001418
Date: 03/18/68
Unit: 611 TC CO
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Recon mission for Armed Recon
While in Target Area this helicopter was Attacking at 0500 feet and 080 knots.
South Vietnam
Helicopter took 2 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 Aft area
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft continued and accomplished all mission objectives.


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00001993
Date: 08/04/69
Accident case number: 690804031
Unit: B/123 AVN 23 INF
The station for this helicopter was Chu Lai in
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 4500

Crew Members:
AC O3 WASHBURN CS

Accident Summary:

ON T/O LOST RPM & SETTLED INTO FIELD & HIT WOODEN POST ICDT DAM TO ACFT


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
The Army purchased this helicopter 0966
Total flight hours at this point: 00002749
Date: 06/10/71
Incident number: 71061027.KIA
Unit: 192 AHC
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: AQ785666
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
CE SP5 ARTHUR JOHNNY KIA
G SP4 MONTOYA LOUIE GOOCH KIA
AC WO1 WATSON STEVE A RES
P 1LT GOOLSBY ROBERT E RES

War Story:


We were flying cover for a sniffer mission. I was the aircraft commander of UH-1C 66-00597 when we crashed in the jungle and the crash site was not accessible due to the fire in the immediate area and the jungle cover. The low bird (UH-1H) made a pass of the area and the crew chief Greg Shepard jumped into a tree top and started to climb down the tree when he was blown out of the tree by the rotor wash of his aircraft breaking his arm. He pulled both pilots away from the fire. Both the crew chief and gunner (Arthur and Montoya) on the UH-1C were killed. Steve A. Watson July 1997. The aircraft started a steep descent to make an LZ recon. A slick pilot, Eugene J. Breslin, observed the aircraft from 3 to 4 miles away. He observed a bright orange flame from the area of the engine when the gunship was approximately 400 feet AGL. Copilot Robert E. Goolsby made a mayday call. The aircraft continued a steep descent and disappeared into the high canopy jungle followed by an explosion at ground impact. from Woody Mitchell July 1997


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: SP5 Johnny Arthur
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/10/71 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 21.8
Date of Birth: 09/06/49
Home City: Fruitland, NM
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 192 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 03W-071
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00597
SSN: 585223147
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67B2F = O-1/U-6 Airplane Repairman
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 09/04/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile dead - died out-right
Length of service: *
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: AQ787672
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: American Indian
Relgion: Methodist (Evangelical United Brethren)
The following information is 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 07/03/97


Name: SP4 Louie Gooch Montoya
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/10/71 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 21.9
Date of Birth: 07/29/49
Home City: Covina, CA
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 192 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 03W-072
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00597
SSN: 550844695
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Vehicle ownership: government
Started Tour: 09/14/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: non-hostile dead - died out-right
Length of service: *
Location: Pleiku Province II Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: AQ787672
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is 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 07/03/97


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00597
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 0966.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6610   0    0 W0MHAA DIROF SUP TRAN   6TH ARMY   SHARPE GD        SUPMACOM         
6611  13   13 WAX7AA 114 AVN CO AML   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6612  95  108 WAX7AA 114 AVN CO AML   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6701  93  201 WAX7AA 114 AVN CO AML   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6702  75  276 WAX7AA 114 AVN CO AML   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6703 117  393 WAX7AA 114 AVN CO AML   VIETNAM                     RVN     
6704 100  493 WAX7AA 114 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6705  88  581 WAX7AA 114 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6706 112  693 WAX7AA 114 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6707  76  769 WAX7AA 114 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6708  98  867 WAX7AA 114 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6709  76  943 WAX7AA 114 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6710  95 1038 WAX7AA 114 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6711  67 1105 WAX7AA 114 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6712  90 1195 WAX7AA 114 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6801 120 1315 WAX7AA 114 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6802  39 1354 WAX7AA 114 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6803  64 1418 WCLUAA 611 TRANS CO DS  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6804   0 1418 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR  
6805   0 1418 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6806   0 1418 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM          
6807   0 1418 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM          
6808   7 1425 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM          
6809   0 1425 3300   HHD 44 ENG GP    THAILAND                    PACIFIC 
6810   3 1428 WGLEB0 CO B 123 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6811  99 1527 WGLEB0 CO B 123 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6812 110 1637 WGLEB0 CO B 123 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6901  72 1709 WGLEB0 CO B 123 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6902  29 1738 WGLEB0 CO B 123 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6903  55 1793 WGLEB0 CO B 123 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6904  25 1818 WGLEB0 CO B 123 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6905  49 1867 WGLEB0 CO B 123 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6906  48 1915 WGLEB0 CO B 123 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6907   0 1915 WGLEB0 CO B 123 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6908  78 1993 WGLEB0 CO B 123 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6909  27 2020 WGLEB0 B 123 AVN  AMDV  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6910   0 2020 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     
6911   0 2020 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     
6912   1 2021 WE4HAA 142 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     
7001  52 2073 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7002  35 2108 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7003  21 2129 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7004  11 2140 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7005  53 2193 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7006  69 2262 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7007  34 2296 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7008  23 2319 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7009  84 2403 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7010  27 2430 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7011  35 2465 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7012  18 2483 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7101   0 2483 WDUYAA 192 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN     
7102  42 2525 WDUYAA 192 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN     
7103  73 2598 WDUYAA 192 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN     
7104  96 2694 WDUYAA 192 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN     
7105  52 2746 WDUYAA 192 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN     
7106   3 2749 WDUYAA 192 AHC          VIETNAM                     RVN     

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