61st Aviation Company

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Vietnam History

 

 

<<< Caribou 63-9722 (cn 154) of the Army's 61st Aviation Company at the JUSMAGTHAI ramp at Don Muang RTAFB, Bangkok, Thailand  in December 1965.  (Bill Hoffman)

>>> Caribou 63-9742 (cn 192) of the Army's 61st Aviation Company at the Vung Tau Army Air Field, South Vietnam in late 1965. (Bill Hoffman)

 <<< Caribou 61-2401(cn 63) at Soc Trang, Vietnam,  November,1963   (Wayne Buser)

>>> Caribou 61-2385 (cn 41) at Soc Trang, Vietnam, December, 1963  (Wayne Buser)

<<< 62-4173 (cn 112)  damaged it's nose gear at a remote area and a field team went out and removed the gear installed it in the hatch just behind the pilots.  When they brought it in the pilot held enough power to keep the nose gear up till they were all but
stopped and gently set it down.   (Roger C. Reetz)

>>> Caribou 61-2385 (cn 41) from the 61st AVN. Co. on the ramp at the  Tan Son Nhut Air  Base (2/64) a L-19 & U6 are behind  (Len Lundh) 

Army Caribou 62-4168 (cn 106) of the 61st Aviation Company landed too hot for the grass strip at Di-Linh, Vietnam in October, 1963. Beside replacing the engines a H-37 flow in a replacement wing. The repair team lived in the tent behind the Caribou. The aircraft was made air worthy and flown back to Saigon for extensive repairs. The buildings on the hill was a school for the mountain people run by French nuns. (Dave Crowder)

<<< 61-2401 (cn 63) of the 61st Aviation Company in late 1963 at the end hanger in Vung Tau, Vietnam. (Dennis Toaspern)

>>> 60-5443 (cn 37) of the 61st Aviation Company (date/location unknown). (Dennis Toaspern)

Army 62-4166 (cn 104) of the 61st Aviation Company made a gear-up landing at Di-Linh, Vietnam in November, 1963. General Paul D. Harkins, COMUS-MACV was aboard making a visit to see the recovery progress of the 61st 's 62-4168. (Army Otter Caribou Association)

Caribou 62-4166 was made air worthy and flown back to Saigon for extensive repairs. (Dave Crowder)

U.S. Army Caribou 61-2593 (cn 71) crashed at Tan Hiep, RVN on May 5, 1964. All 15 persons aboard were killed ( 9 Americans and 6 Vietnamese). The aircraft had just departed Tan Hiep (25 miles southwest of Saigon) for Saigon. (Dennis Toaspern/Army Otter Caribou Association)
U.S. Army Caribou 62-4164 (cn 102) of the 61st Aviation Company crashed and was written-off at Tra My, RVN on 5-16-65. ( Army Otter Caribou Association)

U.S. Army Caribou 62-4173 (cn 112) crashed and was repaired (location and date unknown). (Dennis Toaspern/Army Otter Caribou Association)

U.S. Army Caribou 61-2395 (cn #54) crashed at Di Linh, RVN in 1963 and was repaired. (Dennis Toaspern)

<<< Caribou of the 61st Aviation Company in flight  - date and location unknown. (AOCA Archives)

>>> 63-9720 (c/n # 151)  - date and location unknown. (AOCA Archives)

<<< 63-9718 (c/n # 149) in flight over South Vietnam in 8/66. (Ed Kearns)  

Notice the landing gear in the foreground of 62-4195 (cn 141) landing,  it was twisted 90 degrees during a LOLEX operation by hitting a concrete filled barrel. The crew was Maj. Walker (61st CO at the time), and Maj. Dave Amaral ( Ops. Officer). They put it down on one strut then the nose wheel until it quit flying. Vung Tau, RVN 1/66 (Ed Kearns)

<<< 62-4195 (cn 141) at an unknown location (Mike Overcash)

>>> 63-9734 (cn 175) of the 61st Aviation Company on a rubber plantation  (Mike Overcash)

 

 

63-9720 (cn # 151) in Thailand in November 1965. The aircraft had flown in a USO tour to the Air  Force base.  The crew were practicing STOL landings when a wind gust blew them off the runway into the ditch. The starboard wing actually hit a stop sign as the runway was a road as well. The aircraft was cut up and not returned to service. (George Larmie via his son Keith Larmie)

 

These photos are from George Larmie who was a crew chief with the 61th Aviation Company in Vung Tau in Vietnam in 1965. He crewed Caribou 63-9721 (cn # 153) at the right. (George Larmie via his son Keith Larmie)

 

All the photos below were taken by Davis Newman between June 1963 and June 1964.
<<< A Caribou from the 61st Aviation Company at Tan Hiep AAF (a few miles north of My Tho) This airfield supported the MAAG Advisory team for the ARVN 7th Div.

>>> Looking out the back of a Caribou on take off from Vinh Long.  Another Caribou of the 61st is in the background.

Climbing out from Vinh Long

<<< Bullet holes

>>> One round cut the throttle cable to the port engine. The crew chief fixes it while the pilot watches

Another day. A CH-37 Mojave sling loads the wreckage of a Caribou that had been shot down departing Tan Hiep. That would be Army 61-2593 (cn # 71) of the 61st Aviation Company on May 5, 1964.

The Tan Hiep Army Airfield sign. This was a busy airfield. I once made a combat assault with ARVN 7th DIV troops in CH-21s. Looks like an South Vietnam O-1 Bird Dog on the ramp.

 

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