66-19061, Boeing build number B-319, was a CH-47A helicopter. The U.S. Army acceptance date was 28 February 1967. The administrative strike date was 26 January 1969. 66-19061 accumulated 742.0 aircraft hours.

   At some point, 66-19061 was assigned to the 179th Assault Support Helicopter Company (ASHC) - "Shimpboats", located at Pleiku, in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN), where it remained until it was lost due to enemy action.

   On 26 January 1969, 66-19061 received enemy small arms and rocket fire while in-flight. A hit in the combining transmission area caused a lubrication oil leak and the aircrew was forced to land.

   The aircraft subsequently took off and received a rocket hit in the forward rotor system. Two blade pockets were lost. The aircrew was forced to land a second time.

   Enemy forces set fire to the elephant grass that the aircraft landed in and fire consumed the aircraft before recovery operations could be initiated.

   The aircrew was extracted.

   The last known location of 66-19061 was in the Republic of Vietnam.

   Aircraft status: Shot down in combat.



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