Helicopter recovery of downed aircraft in Vietnam

Discussion in 'Vietnam' started by David Layne, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. Dulcie Larsen

    Dulcie Larsen New Member

    Are you referring to W01 Joel Nicoll? He’s my dads cousin and we are trying to recreate his files/memory. I’d love to get in touch with anyone that knows more about his time there.
  2. David Layne

    David Layne Well-Known Member

    This last week I have learned a little more about the O1 Bird Dog that featured earlier in this post. It transpires that it was March 26th, 1970 that the aircraft came down. It crashed at, Fire Support Base Snuffy, located just 8 miles from the Cambodian border. Apparently, after we took the aircraft to Phu Loi the O1 Bird Dog O-17300 was transported from Phu Loi to the Australian unit the 161st IRF at Nui Dat by a Chinook from the 213th ASHC “Black Cats” where it was refurbished to flying condition.


    The rebuilt 17300 now resides in the Australian Army Flying Museum at Oakey Queensland.

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  3. Rich Blount

    Rich Blount New Member

    I was a member of the 605th, May '69. I was placed in Pipesmoke to start but moved to 605th maintenance within a week or two. I was returned to PipeSmoke May '70 - Dec '70. I am in the picture, front row far right.
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