Helicopter UH-1B 63-08685

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 63-08685
Date: 12/27/1964
Accident case number: 0B080 Forced Landing without damage Accident
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
P W1 STEVENS JH


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 63-08685
The Army purchased this helicopter 0864
Total flight hours at this point: 00001546
Date: 03/15/1967
Accident case number: 670315071
Unit: POST SUPPLY
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 0
costing 39739
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC O2 ROST DH
P W1 CACKLEY BD
CE E3 MCCRACKE AR
G E4 MCCALLUM SC

Accident Summary:

The pilot heard a loud whine and crack. The aircraft yawed to the left and the rotor RPM decreased. He autorotated to a rice paddy and the main rotor blades struck the tail boom. Engine failure


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 63-08685
The Army purchased this helicopter 0864
Total flight hours at this point: 00001863
Date: 03/23/1968
Unit: 335 AHC
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
This was a Recon mission for Armed Escort , Ground Movement,
While in Target Area this helicopter was Attacking at 0300 feet and 070 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)
Systems damaged were: UNK
The helicopter Continued Flight.
The aircraft was diverted prior to accomplishing any 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, 08301 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 63-08685
The Army purchased this helicopter 0864
Total flight hours at this point: 00002559
Date: 02/04/1969
Unit: UNIT NOT KNOWN
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was REPAIRED IN THEATER
for Close Air Support
While in Target Area this helicopter was Attacking at 0500 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.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P3, 03504 ()


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 63-08685
The Army purchased this helicopter 0864
Total flight hours at this point: 00003065
Date: 02/19/1970
Unit: 335 AHC
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YS040981
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


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 63-08685
The Army purchased this helicopter 0864
Total flight hours at this point: 00003065
Date: 02/19/1970
Incident number: 700219111ACD Accident case number: 700219111 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: 335 AHC
The station for this helicopter was Bear Cat in
Number killed in accident = 1 . . Injured = 3 . . Passengers = 1
costing 289760
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Crew Members:
AC W1 KNEIP NC
P W1 LINSTAD RE
CE BIALLAS
G SP4 FURNISH THOMAS HAROLD KIA

Passengers:
 LC LOCAL, LCO, G;


Accident Summary:

 AIRCRAFT 63-8685 DEPARTED BEARCAT AS THE LEAD AIRCRAFT OF A FLIGHT AS A LIGHT FIRE TEAM ENROUTE TO VINH LONG, RVN. THE UNIT WAS SUPPORTING THE 7TH ARVN DIVISION AND WAS ENROUTE TO VINH LONG TO REFUEL BEFORE REPORTING TO THE OPERATIONAL AREA VICINITY XS 0661. AIRCRAFT 63-8685 DEPARTED BEARCAT TRAFFIC AND FLEW DIRECTLY TO THE RIVER VICINITY YS 0499 AND DESCENDED AT 85 TO 90 KNOTS TO APPROXIMATELY 10-15 FEET WHERE 2 UNSERVICEABLE ROCKETS WERE THROWN OVERBOARD. AIRCRAFT WAS FLYING ON AN APPROXIMATE HEADING OF 150 DEGREES OVER THE RIVER WHEN IT IMPACTED WITH THE WATER AND ALMOST IMMEDIATELY SANK IN 20-30 FEET OF WATER. TWO OF THE SURVIVING CREW MEMBERS INDICATED THAT THEY HAD DIFFICULTY ESCAPING FROM THE AIRCRAFT AS THEY FORGOT TO UNFASTEN THEIR SEAT BELTS, ONE CREW MEMBER COULD NOT REMEMBER HOW HE ESCAPED FROM THE AIRCRAFT. ONE CREW MEMBER WAS UNABLE TO ESCAPE.\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/1998


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: SP4 Thomas Harold Furnish
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 02/19/1970 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 18.6
Date of Birth: 07/11/1951
Home City: Miami, FL
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 335 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 13W-032
Short Summary: P W1 LINSTAD, AC W1 KNEIP & CE BIALLAS survived.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 63-08685
SSN: 264907892
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: drowning
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Started Tour: 08/14/1969
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Kien Tuong Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
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: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/28/1994


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 63-08685
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 0864.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6610  89 1221 WFJGAA 282 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN     
6611  35 1256 WFJGAA 282 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN     
6612  96 1352 WFJGAA 282 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN     
6701  87 1439 WFJGAA 282 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN     
6702  86 1525 WFJGAA 282 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN     
6703  21 1546 3364   POST SUPPLY      6TH ARMY   FORT ORD         6TH ARMY     
6704   0 1546 3364   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM      
6705   0 1546 W0MUAA ARADMAC          4TH ARMY   NAVAL AIR STA    AVCOM         
6706   0 1546 W0MUAA ARADMAC          4TH ARMY   NAVAL AIR STA    AVCOM         
6707   0 1546 W0MUAA ARADMAC          4TH ARMY   NAVAL AIR STA    AVCOM         
6708   0 1546 W0MUAA ARADMAC          4TH ARMY   NAVAL AIR STA    AVCOM         
6709   0 1546 W0MUAA ARADMAC          4TH ARMY   NAVAL AIR STA    AVCOM         
6710   7 1553 WGPQAA 335 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN     
6711  99 1652 WGPQAA 335 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN     
6712  77 1729 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6801  20 1749 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6802  71 1820 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6803  43 1863 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6804  81 1944 WCLQAA 335 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6805  46 1990 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6806  54 2044 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6807  68 2112 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6808  37 2149 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6809  34 2183 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6810 100 2283 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN     
6811  90 2373 WSEAWL SEA WOLF         VIETNAM                     RVN     
6812  74 2447 WEAWLF SEA WOLF         VIETNAM                     RVN     
6901  66 2513 WSEAWL SEA WOLF         VIETNAM                     RVN     
6902  46 2559 WEAWLF UNIT NOT KNOWN   VIETNAM                     RVN      
6903  92 2651 WEAWLF SEA WOLF         VIETNAM                     RVN     
6904   0 2651 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR  
6905   0 2651 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6906   0 2651 W0MHAA DIR SUP / TRAN   IN MAINT   SHARPE AD        AVCOM         
6907   0 2651 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN STORAGE NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM          
6908   0 2651 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6909   2 2653 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM        
6910  46 2699 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6911 118 2817 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6912 105 2922 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7001  85 3007 WGPQAA 335 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN     
7002  58 3065 WCLMAA 56 TRANS CO DS   VIETNAM                     RVN     


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