6815742

Helicopter 68-15742

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15742
The Army purchased this helicopter 0669
Total flight hours at this point: 00002380
Date: 07/13/72
Incident number: 72071333.KIA
Unit: 48 AHC
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YD345549
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
G SP4 HILL MICHAEL ALAN KIA

War Story:
Aircraft was forced to flare excessively when ARVN Marines rushed the lead aircraft. The tail rotor on 742 was knocked off while flaring to avoid chalk 1, aircraft crashed in the LZ. The crew was picked up by chase birds. Mike Hill was flying gunner on 742 although he was normally a Cobra crew chief. Two /F/8 slicks were chase on this mission, one was piloted by (Pappy) Walker Jones. Mike Hill scooted in behind Jones' seat when an ARVN shot up through the floor of the aircraft. The round came up through Mike Hill's knee, entered the bottom of his chin and exited the top of this head. From VHCMA 98 reunion


Name: SP4 Michael Alan Hill (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 07/13/72 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 20.9
Date of Birth: 08/05/51
Home City: Cottonwood, AZ
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 48 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 01W-056
Short Summary: Hill survived the crash on 68-15742, but was killed by an ARVN round through the bottom of the rescue aircraft flow by Jones.
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 68-15742
SSN: 526908111
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67U20 = CH-47 Helicopter Repairer
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: 09/26/71
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
The initial status of this person was: no previous report
Length of service: *
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.
Military grid coordinates of event: YD352552
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Assemblies of God
The following information is 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 08/20/95


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 68-15742
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 0669.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6906   0    0 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6907  28   28 WAJ1A0 A CO 4 AVN BN    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6908 125  153 WAJ1A0 A CO 4 AVN BN    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6909 113  266 WAJ1A0 A CO 4 AVN BN    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6910 103  369 WAJ1A0 A CO 4 AVN BN    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6911 121  490 WAJ1A0 A CO 4 AVN BN    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6912 100  590 WAJ1A0 A CO 4 AVN BN    VIETNAM                     RVN     
7001  86  676 WAJ1A0 A 4 AVN BN 4INF  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7002  83  759 WAJ1A0 A 4 AVN BN 4INF  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7003  76  835 WAJ1A0 A 4 AVN BN 4INF  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7004  64  899 WAJ1A0 A 4 AVN BN 4INF  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7005  96  995 WAJ1A0 A 4 AVN BN 4INF  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7006  97 1092 WAJ1A0 A 4 AVN BN 4INF  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7007  60 1152 WAJ1A0 A 4 AVN BN 4INF  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7008  76 1228 WAJ1A0 A 4 AVN BN 4INF  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7009  52 1280 WAJ1A0 A 4 AVN BN 4INF  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7010  55 1335 WAJ1A0 A 4 AVN BN 4INF  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7011   0 1335 WC5CAA 604 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
7012   0 1335 WC5CAA 604 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
7101   0 1335 WC5CAA 604TH TRANS CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7102   1 1336 WC5CAA 604TH TRANS CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7103  88 1424 WARTAA 71 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN     
7104  99 1523 WARTAA 71 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN     
7105  75 1598 WARTAA 71 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN     
7106  26 1624 WARTAA 71 AHC           VIETNAM                     RVN     
7107  20 1644 WARTAA 71 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7108  73 1717 WARTAA 71 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7109  26 1743 WARTAA A 123RD AVN BN   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7110  69 1812 WARTAA 608 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     
7111  89 1901 WARTAA 608 TC DS        VIETNAM                     RVN     
7112  19 1920 WARTAA 1 1 CAV D TRP    VIETNAM                     RVN     
7201  80 2000 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7202 114 2114 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7203  25 2139 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7204 115 2254 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7205  52 2306 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7206  74 2380 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN     
7207   0 2380 WC3EAA 48 ASLT HEL CO   VIETNAM                     RVN

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Gary Roush
43 Overbrook Road
Painted Post, NY 14870


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