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670508   HMM-263     Vietnam

Incident Date 670508 HMM-263 UH-34D 148771+ Mid-air Collision

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Baker, Jon Douglas 1stLt Co-Pilot HMM-263 MAG-16 670508 (vvm 19E:055)
Chesnutt, Jefferson Clifford Capt Pilot HMM-263 MAG-16 670508 (vvm 19E:056)
Gukich, Michael Martin LCpl Crew HMM-263 MAG-16 670508 (vvm 19E:058)
Vanasse, Philip Richard Cpl Crew HMM-263 MAG-16 670508 (vvm 19E:067)


BAKER JON DOUGLAS : 092586 : USMCR : 1stLT : O2 : 7335 : 24 : LINCOLN : IL : 19670508 : Air Loss Crash Land : AircraftCommander : body recovered : Quang Nam (Da Nang) :03 : 19421228 : Cauc : Protestant/married : 19E : 055

CHESNUTT JEFFERSON CLIFFORD : 090295 : USMCR : CAPT : O3 : 7335 : 24 : HIXSON : TN : 19670508 : Air Loss Crash Land : AircraftCommander : body recovered : Quang Nam (Da Nang) :06 : 19420522 : Cauc : Protestant/married : 19E : 056

GUKICH MICHAEL MARTIN : 2162107 : USMC : LCPL : E3 : 6422 : 19 : NORTH PRAIRIE : WI : 19670508 : Air Loss Crash Land : Crew : body recovered : Quang Nam (Da Nang) :01 : 19470531 : Cauc : RomanCatholic/single : 19E : 058

VANASSE PHILIP RICHARD : 2163473 : USMC : CPL : E4 : 6422 : 27 : NORTHAMPTON : MA : 19670508 : Air Loss Crash Land : Crew : body recovered : Quang Nam (Da Nang) :06 : 19390908 : Cauc : RomanCatholic/single : 19E : 067


Comment on Incident:
Killed in mid-air collision with another UH-34 during troop extraction and Med-evac operations. Aircraft was lifting off from LZ - at about 300 feet of altitude, main rotor encountered tail section of other a/c. Second aircraft sustained complete loss of tail rotor section, but managed to land intact

Capt Jefferson "Buddy" Chesnutt, HMM-263:


Submitted by Robert Croft, friend

Newspaper Article:


Submitted by Robert Croft, friend of casualty


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