KIA INCIDENT: 19871004 HMM-263 Operation EARNEST WILL

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19871004 HMM-263 Operation EARNEST WILL

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Incident Date 19871004 HMM-263 UH-1N - BuNo 160447 - Non-hostile loss over water

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Haworth, Daniel Scott Major Pilot HMM-263 ACE/24thMAU/LF6F 3-87 1987-10-04

HAWORTH, DANIEL SCOTT : MAJ : O-4 : USMC : HMM-263 : Air Combat Element of the 24th MAU -FLF6F 3-87

General Information

The incident date and parent unit of the pilot associated with this Incident have not been verified. They fix a very general time slot for the occurrence. HMM-263 was the ACE [Air Combat Element] for the 24th MAU in the Persian Gulf.

Submitted by: Alan H Barbour, Historian, USMC Combat Helicopter Association, 20081018

Initial Information

In I believe it was Aug or Sep 1987, Major Haworth, a UH-1N pilot, assigned to HMM-263 from HMLA-269, was on a night Gun shoot in the Persian Gulf. They had just finished the fun shoot and were inbound to the LSD, Maj Haworth told the CC to jettison the ammo cans into the Gulf. The cans were dumped out the rear door. The aircraft experienced tail rotor problems shortly after the cans were jettisoned. Maj Haworth was inbound to the LSD, had to ditch the aircraft in the Gulf. Maj Haworth held the aircraft steady while the Co-pilot, Crew Chief and Gunner exited the aircraft. Maj Haworth's body was never recovered, even though the Navy recovered the UH-1N. This was the first time that the U.S. Marine Corps had a contingent in the Persian Gulf. It was the same time as Operation EARNEST WILL [1987-88] was in progress.

Submitted by: 1st Sgt Harry Nelson, Operations Chief (GySgt) for HMM-263, 20081015

Family Information

I submit that my father's first name was Daniel, middle name Scott.

Submitted by: Stacey Haworth, Daughter, 1stLt, 20091023

First Hand Account

The other crew members that survived due to the heroism of Maj Haworth facilitating their escape were:

Gauthier, Michael Cpl Crew Chief HMM-263 ACE/24thMAU/FLF6F

Melzer, unknown 1stLt Co-Pilot HMM-263 ACE/24thMAU/FLF6F

Gunner - name unknown

Submitted by: Alan H Barbour, Historian, USMC Combat Helicopter Association, 20100104

Historical Information

HMM-263 deployed in May 1987 as the ACE for the 24TH MAU (Special Operations Capable) during LF6F 3-87. Contingency operations in the Persian Gulf necessitated splitting the squadron into three sections, operating from CONUS, the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf. While deployed, squadron aircraft participated in the seizure of the Iranian mine laying ship "Iran Ayr".

Submitted by: Alan H Barbour, Historian, USMC Combat Helicopter Association, 20081017

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