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June 1 & 2 1969 TEAM FIRERADER extraction. Pilot with Pipe?

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  • June 1 & 2 1969 TEAM FIRERADER extraction. Pilot with Pipe?

    Hello Gentlemen, On behalf of Bill McBride, a recon member, I'd like to try and assist in the identification and possible contact with the crew of a pipe smoking pilot that participated in the extraction of Team Fire Raider. Billl wrote: On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 8:24 PM, Bill wrote: hello, i'm trying to find the names/incident report involving an hmm-161 crew that conducted a recon extract of team "fire raider" (charlie company team). most of the team members had been wounded during an attack by sappers during the night of 2 june 1969. the team said that the pilot of the extract helo was smoking a pipe while sitting in the zone waiting for the team to board the wounded. two of the team members died of their wounds several weeks later. would like to know the names of the crew on that bird if possible. thanks bill mcbride 3rd recon bn 67-68 Vietnam Veterans Home Page I went to The Texas Tech page and found no AA reports or Command Chronology report for HMM 161 in June of 1969? However Al Barbour seemed to have better luck. Al Wrote Bill: There is a good possibility that the following crew is what you are looking for: Mission 503 - 2Jun1969 Event 92-15 Support for 3rdMarDiv 3.9 hrs total flight time Takeoff: 2020H Landing 0725H Pilot: Phillips Copilot: McCluney Crew: Chief J Atkins Gunner: J Arnett Gunner: R. Fishter​ In and out of Quang Tri 4 times.refuel after each sortie. Coords: 045622 expended 100 rds 50 cal 6 passengers (3 medevac sorties) ​The following morning, 3 June, HMM-161 flew one mission with crew of Maj Loop (Squadron Maintenance Officer)/Clayton/Atkins/Womack/Gaveson departed 0800 for 1.5 hr flight, picking up 9 passengers. One sortie was for a Recon mission. A second flight of HMM-161 Crew of LtCol Elam (Squadron Commanding Officer)/Bonner/Matheney/Purvis/Ingrahm/Muth departed at 0845 for 1.5 hr flight on Mission 555 which was a Sensor Drop. They picked up 2 passengers while flying 3 recon sorties after the Sensor Drop. No enemy action reported.​ This may help. The command chronolgy has some narrative but is hard to read. Info available online on Texas Tech archive under HMM-161 After Action Report for 1June1969, pp 220-223 and Command Chronology for 1 June 1969.
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