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.
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.
There was no information about it, but I saw the number “22” marked on both sides of the craft.
And on the other side:
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.
I sent the photos to a Vietnam War chopper pilot Vet, who made some interesting comments about them.
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.”
“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…”
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?
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