The Wreckage of a US Helicopter Shot Down in Laos During the Vietnam War.

The Wreckage of a US Helicopter Shot Down in Laos During the Vietnam War.

Above Photo: the remains of a US helicopter at Muang Phin, Laos.

While I was in Sepon (old Tcephone) I drove out along Route 9 to visit a monument to ‘Vietnamese-Laotian co-operation’ (about which see article link below) during the war.

One side of the helicopter

One side of the helicopter

In the compound were some interesting war remains, including this US helicopter, which looked like it had been hit by a B-40 rocket on one side with shrapnel spraying out of the other.

Shrapnel holes in the helicopter (1)

Shrapnel holes in the helicopter (1)

There was no information about it, but I saw the number “22” marked on both sides of the craft.

The number "22" marked on one side of the chopper.

The number “22” marked on one side of the chopper.

And on the other side:

"22"

“22”

Muang Phin and the whole area around Sepon saw received considerable attention during the war, including the invasion of Laos during Lam Son, when it is possible this chopper was downed.

Through the body of the helicopter

Through the body of the helicopter

I sent the photos to a Vietnam War chopper pilot  Vet, who made some interesting comments about them.

Muang Phin 4

He believed it was the remains of a ch-46, which “had the same dual tandem landing gear in the rear with one under the nose….however the 53 rear entry cargo doors were with a steep angle from ground slanting back to the tailboom, which seems to be the configuration in the photos.”

CH-53 over Vietnam in 1972

CH-53 over Vietnam in 1972

“It looks like the ch-53 style with tandem wheels and winglet pylons …rear ramp area also is clearly the ch-53 style…a very early model of the 53 before the super stallion came off the production line…

CH-53 Sea Stallion, Vietnam.

CH-53 Sea Stallion, Vietnam.

Do any Vets know whether it is possible to identify when and how this helicopter was lost in Laos from the “22” markings on the side?

See also: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-1/finding-a-vietnam-war-aircraft-relic-in-laos-but-what-is-it/

And: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-1/monuments-in-laos-a-vietnamese-slave-state/

Approximate location of Muang Phin and Sepon shown in red circle.

Approximate location of Muang Phin and Sepon shown in red circle.

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  1. Roy Seals

    Not positive, but that quite possibly could be the remains of a CH-3 from the 21st SOS stationed at NKP that was brought down by ground fire on 6 Oct 69 near Muang Phine. It’s tail number was 64-14222, and it’s call sign was Knife 61. There were two CH-3s lost that day, the other was Knife 62, tail number 62-12579.

    They were part of a mission to fly about 200 indigenous personnel to a landing strip at Muang Phine with a group of 10 helicopters. Both were hit by ground fire forcing them down, with Knife 61 going down first. A Jolly HH-3E called in to rescue the downed crews was hit by ground fire, and limped back to NKP. Two Jolly H-53s eventually rescued the crews before nightfall.

    Roy Seals

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  2. Jim Burns

    It is in fact the remains of CH-3E tail number 64-14222 that was shot down while inserting Lao troops at the Muang Phine, Laos airfield. I had a friend, who was running tours along the Ho Chi Minh trail a few years back, stop and take a lot of close up photos of it and any numbers he could find on it. I was in the 21st SOS but not on the missions that day, however I spent the day in the Operations office of the 21st listing to radio traffic of the mission, the day long battle and attempts to rescue the two crews and Lao troops.

    Maj. Philip J. Conran, aircraft commander of the second bird shot down, CH-3E 62-12579 (also of the 21st SOS), was awarded the Air Force Cross for his actions that day.

    For a bit more of the story and some more photos visit our USAF RotorHeads website at this link. http://www.rotorheadsrus.us/documents/330.html

    Jim Burns, SMSgt USAF (retired)
    http://www.rotorheadsrus.us

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