Helicopter UH-1C 66-00527

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00527
The Army purchased this helicopter 0766
Total flight hours at this point: 00000912
Date: 05/13/68
Accident case number: 680513192
Unit: ACT/11 ACR
Number killed in accident = 0 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 1
costing 0
Source(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Army Aviation Safety Center database.

Accident Summary:

While hovering between two parked aircraft, the main rotor blade of 66-00973 struck this parked aircraft's tail rotor blade

This record was last updated on 04/14/97


Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C tail number 66-00527
The Army purchased this helicopter 0766
Total flight hours at this point: 00001714
Date: 05/19/70
Incident number: 70051999.KIA
Unit: 135 AHC
South Vietnam
UTM grid coordinates: WS201496
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: OPERA, KIAMAIN (Operations Report. )
Summary: Shot down in a quad 50 trap. The entire crew of four was killed.
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P CPT SPREWELL JOHN SPURGEON KIA
P 1LT LADOUCEUR LANNY GUY KIA
G SP5 STONE LARRY EVANS KIA
CE PFC HERRINGTON RICHARD LEE JR KIA


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: PFC Richard Lee Herrington, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/19/70 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 20.8
Date of Birth: 08/16/49
Home City: St Clair Shores, MI
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 135 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-064
Short Summary: Shot down by quad 50 cal three miles east of Cai Ba in a gunship with CPT John Sprewell.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00527
SSN: 362546049
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: door gunner
Started Tour: 04/10/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Dinh Tuong Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
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 11/17/99



Name: 1LT Lanny Guy Ladouceur
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/19/70 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 23.7
Date of Birth: 09/15/46
Home City: Rensselaer, NY
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 135 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Flight class: 69-46
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-065
Short Summary: Shot down by quad 50 cal three miles east of Cai Ba in a gunship with CPT John Sprewell.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00527
Call sign: Taipan
SSN: 090361447
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: .51 Caliber
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 03/06/70
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: *
Location: Dinh Tuong Province IV Corps.
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: officer
This record was last updated on 01/09/97



Name: CPT John Spurgeon Sprewell
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/19/70 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 23.4
Date of Birth: 12/20/46
Home City: Carrollton, GA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 135 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-066
Short Summary: Gun section leader. Shot down by quad 50 cal three miles east of Cai Ba with 1LT Lanny Ladouceur.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00527
Call sign: Taipan
SSN: 257728795
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: .51 Caliber
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 07/17/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Dinh Tuong Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single 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: officer
This record was last updated on 01/09/97



Name: SP5 Larry Evans Stone
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 05/19/70 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 23.3
Date of Birth: 01/24/47
Home City: East Laurinburg, NC
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: 135 AHC
Major organization: 1st Aviation Brigade
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 10W-067
Short Summary: Shot down by quad 50 cal three miles east of Cai Ba in a gunship with CPT John Sprewell.
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00527
SSN: 454784301
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67A1F = Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: fire or burns
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 03/11/69
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: *
Location: Dinh Tuong Province IV Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
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 11/17/99


The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 66-00527
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 0766.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6610  23  105 1478   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6611   0  105 1478   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM
6612   0  105 1478   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM
6701   6  111 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6702  55  166 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6703  73  239 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6704  75  314 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6705  80  394 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6706  67  461 3320   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6707  42  503 3320   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6708  56  559 3320   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6709  67  626 3320   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6710  56  682 3320   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6711  63  745 3320   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6712  37  782 3320   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6801  48  830 3320   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6802  36  866 3320   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6803  23  889 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6804  15  904 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6805   8  912 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6806   7  919 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6807  32  951 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6808  43  994 WG2BAA 11 ARM CAV REG   VIETNAM                     RVN
6809  13 1007 WDUXAA 191 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6810 118 1125 WDUXAA 191 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6811 143 1268 WDUXAA 191 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6812 152 1420 WDUXAA 191 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6901 106 1526 WDUXAA 191 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6902  74 1600 WDUXAA 191 ASLT HEL CO  VIETNAM                     RVN
6903  33 1633 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
6904   0 1633 W0Y6AA OS TO CONUS      ITR CONUS                   AVCOMITR
6905   0 1633 W0MUAA ARADMAC          IN MAINT   NAVAL AIR STN    AVCOM
6906   0 1633 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6907   0 1633 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6908   0 1633 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6909   0 1633 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6910   0 1633 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6911   0 1633 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6912   0 1638 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
7001   0 1639 W2WJAA BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
7002   0 1639 WCLNAA 79 TRANS CO      VIETNAM                     RVN
7003  16 1655 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
7004  59 1714 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN
7005   0 1714 WC08AA 135 AVN CO       VIETNAM                     RVN



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