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YH-12 sweeping mines out of Hong Gai harbor

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  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    This picture was made during operation end-sweep, the crew was john lambert and tom null!!!!!!!!!!!! FACT!!!!! -Submitted by: russell c. eichler ( IKE ) [rceichler@yahoo.com] 2009-12-04
  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    This was my first bird in HMH 463 in 1969. It was one of the first D models along with I believe four more birds that we received. Charles Manning was my1st Mech. I had named it the Tater Wagon after the Snuffy Smith cartoons. I got transfered to HMH 361 and sent home 60 days early in Phase 3 pull out under Nixon. When I left, the bird had retreaved a down Cobra, a Huey and a F-4 that was brought back from down South. It was a strong hauling machine! I often wonder where it is today! Cpl DANNY BUCKALEW CREW CHIEF HMH-463 1969. -Submitted by: Danny K. Buckalew [dannykbuckalew@sbcglobal.net] 2009-01-05
  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    I'm sure someone has already addressed some of the issues raised in the original post but I will answer some of the questions. YH-12 is a HMH-463 bird. The line out the rear is not attached to a sled, it is attached to a long magnetized pipe which in theory would blow up any active mines. It was dragged through the water in a grid search pattern that was controlled from inside the helicopter by a crewman (Avionics tech usually) who was trained on the Raydist system. That system plotted the course of the helicopter on a moving map. Course corrections were initiated by the Raydist operator. The training on the Raydist system took place in Subic Bay. Yes, there is a patch that depicts a CH-53 over the coastline with two 'ghostly arms' extending from the bird and holding a broom. There is a black on white band around the the perimeter of the 5 diameter patch which reads 'Operation End Sweep Hai Phong Harbor HMH 463. How do I know? I'm looking at mine which was earned by participating in the operation. -Submitted by: Bob Schoenkopf [rgscms@comcast.net] 2008-02-01
  • Admin - Saturday 29 December 2018 17:09
    I might have been flying this one. This was up around Hong Gai. Most, if not all of the ops up there were flown off the Duluth. The Raydist system was used in the Hai Phong area. Up north we used the surface search radar of MSOs to keep track of the sweep tracks. -Submitted by: Dan Healy [dan.healy@smawins.com] 2008-03-05