Helicopter UH-1D 66-16490

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16490
The Army purchased this helicopter 0667
Total flight hours at this point: 00000461
Date: 04/24/68
Incident number: 68042444.KIA
Unit: A/101 AVN 101 ABN
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: YD529034
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:
P WO1 WERNER STUART ARTHUR KIA
AC WO1 PHILIBERT BRIAN HARDMAN KIA
G SP4 FREDENBERG RALPH KIA
CE SP5 JOHNSON BUFORD GERALD KIA
This record was last updated on 05/25/98

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The following is crew member information for this incident:

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Name: WO1 Brian Hardman Philibert (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/24/68 while performing the duty of Aircraft Commander.
Age at death: 24.5
Date of Birth: 10/14/43
Home City: Ft Worth, TX
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/101 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 67-15
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 51E-049
Short Summary: Shot down departing Fire Support Base Vehegel by 23 mm anti-aircraft fire w/ Stuart A. Werner.
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 66-16490
Service number: W3157647
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: 23mm Anti-Air
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknon or not reported
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Started Tour: 12/08/67
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
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: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 08/25/96

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Name: WO1 Stuart Arthur Werner
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/24/68 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 22.6
Date of Birth: 09/08/45
Home City: Sacramento, CA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/101 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Flight class: 67-503
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 52E-002
Short Summary: Shot down departing fire support base Veghel by 23 mm anti-aircraft fire W/Brian H. Philibert.
Aircraft: UH-1D tail number 66-16490 (this tail number is questionable)
Service number: W3159920
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: 23mm Anti-Air
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknon or not reported
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 04/01/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 02
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: unknown
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: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 06/06/96

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Name: SP5 Buford Gerald Johnson
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/24/68 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 19.5
Date of Birth: 11/05/48
Home City: Winter Garden, FL
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/101 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 51E-047
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 66-16490
Service number: 14926568
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknon or not reported
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 09/18/67
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Baptist - other groups
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 08/25/96

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Name: SP4 Ralph Fredenberg
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 04/24/68 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 20.5
Date of Birth: 10/13/47
Home City: Shawano, WI
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/101 AVN 101 ABN
Major organization: 101st Airborne Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 51E-045
Aircraft: UH-1B tail number 66-16490
Service number: 16890192
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknon or not reported
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Started Tour: 10/26/67
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Thua Thien Province I Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Race: American Indian
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 08/25/96

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The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1H tail number 66-16490
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 0667.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6706  21   21 1596   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6707  33   54 1596   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN     
6708  71  125 W1DZAA USA AVN SCHOOL   AV SCH     FORT RUCKER      CONARCAS          
6709 115  240 W1DZAA USA AVN SCHOOL   AV SCH     FORT RUCKER      CONARCAS          
6710   0  240 W1DZAA USA AVN SCHOOL   AV SCH     FORT RUCKER      CONARCAS         
6711  18  258 1714   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY  
6712   8  266 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6801   0  266 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6802  92  358 WAB3A0 CO A 101 AVN BN  VIETNAM                     RVN     
6803 103  461 3241   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY  
6804   0  461 3241   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM     

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