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  • UH-34D 150255 In restoration to fly

    Greetings, we at Wings and Rotors Air Museum are currently restoring UH-34D 150255. We got the bird in Feb 2011 from AZ,,it has not flown since 1971. We have the history on it and know it served with HMM-162 & 365 DaNang, 1965, HMM-263 DaNang 65, HMM-161 1966, and HMM-163 until it left in 1967.
    We are hoping to find some photos of it in Vietnam and talk to anyone who flew it or worked on it...It will be a great addition to our already flying UH-1B, and OH-58A.
    Please visit us at www.WingsandRotors.org and on Facebook.

    Thank you!!! you can also email me at
    Shayne@wingsandrotors.org

    sincerely Ms Shayne M. Meder MSgt USAF Ret

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    i flew as crewman in that aircraft on 17 and 18 july 1965. its call sign was yankee mike 5. unfortunately, i have only one photo that may be ym-5. the light is behind the aircraft so the number is dark but could be a 5.

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      Re: UH-34D 150255 In restoration to fly

      George, check the photos archives of the squadrons you mentioned. YOU may find a photo of this bird. If not you'll surely find out how they were painted and marked for each squadron. HMM-163 Evil Eyes makes an awesome looking '34!!
      Semper Fidelis
      Joe


      Phu Bai tower:
      YW-11 for Phu Bai DASC-
      Remember, These are "A" models!
      YW-11 BuNo-151939
      '65 Model CH-46A

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        Re: UH-34D 150255 In restoration to fly

        I flew that UH-34 while stationed with HMM-161 at Phu Bai 19 Sept 1966,


        Tom Knowles

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          Re: UH-34D 150255 In restoration to fly

          don't need to research how our squadron painted our aircraft. had a blue stripe on the nose and blue turtle shell. did'nt have anything like "evil eyes" on the cowl. had a plackard that was occasionaly used that showed "koler's klowns" and one for the stinger.

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            Re: UH-34D 150255 In restoration to fly

            Originally posted by Joe Reed View Post
            George, check the photos archives of the squadrons you mentioned. YOU may find a photo of this bird. If not you'll surely find out how they were painted and marked for each squadron. HMM-163 Evil Eyes makes an awesome looking '34!!
            My name is Dennis Currie and I was with the 220th Aviation Co. at Phu Bai. I'm helping retired Marine Lt. Col. JD Richards chronicle his exploits with the 220th as an AO assigned to our Company. HMM-163 was involved in a rescue of a downed Skyraider pilot in 1966. JD directed the HMM-163 pilots to the pilot. The reason I'm writing is that I had seen an article on the website regarding the rescue, however, the reference to an O-1 Bird Dog was brief. JD and the pilot worked with the other Skyraider keeping the NVA off the downed pilot while your folks were enroute. I have the story included in JD's diary and wondered if you folks would be interested. dcinspace@msn.com.
            Thanks

            Dennis

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              Re: UH-34D 150255 In restoration to fly

              Dennis,
              Please post his story for all to see. It would be great!!
              Semper Fidelis
              Joe


              Phu Bai tower:
              YW-11 for Phu Bai DASC-
              Remember, These are "A" models!
              YW-11 BuNo-151939
              '65 Model CH-46A

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                I was the HAC pilot of the HMM163 UH34 that made the very difficult hoist rescue of Skyraider pilot, Major “Buzz” Blaylock, USAF in the mountains surrounding the Ashau SF camp. I was working with an army or air force 01 birddog. I would be delighted to see JD's account of the rescue. Saving Blaylock (now deceased) was one of the high points of my life.

                My Ashau mission story, including the rescue, which I posted years ago in the popasmoke stories section, seems to have been deleted. If you'd like me to repost it, or would like a copy, just let me know.

                Norm Urban urbannorm@yahoo.com

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                  Re: UH-34D 150255 In restoration to fly

                  Norm,
                  Please re-post it! I read it, but it was years ago....With my memory, I'd be new all over again!! LOL!
                  Thanks!
                  Semper Fidelis
                  Joe


                  Phu Bai tower:
                  YW-11 for Phu Bai DASC-
                  Remember, These are "A" models!
                  YW-11 BuNo-151939
                  '65 Model CH-46A

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                    Re: UH-34D 150255 In restoration to fly

                    I can't figure out how to post it in the "stories" section. I realize this is the wrong forum. But, here it is.


                    The Ashau Mission
                    By Norm Urban, Captain, USMC ret
                    They say memory is the second thing to go with age. I remember the mission well (and the aftermath), but at my age, I don't know how accurate the memory is.
                    We had been listening to radio calls from the Ashau Special Forces camp, asking for help, for a few days prior to the March 11, 1966 "Ashau" mission. The Special Forces camp, on the Laotian border, manned by a SF detachment, an Arvin unit, and a detachment of "Nungs", had been surrounded by the NVA and VC forces. The N. Vietnamese 235B Div HQ was reported to be set up in the valley. The enemy had set an aircraft trap by humping 37MM anti-aircraft weapons to the top of the surrounding hills and mountains. So far, the bad guys had downed at least one Army UH-1E, an Air Force AC-47, and A1 Skyraider, and a Marine H34 and A4 Skyhawk. It seemed to us at Phu Bai, that the Army couldn't or wouldn't do anything further to bring troops in, or get these guys out. LtCol C.O. "Chuck" House finally gathered the squadron together in our mess tent, and explained the situation. House then stated that he was going to Ashau to take a look, and if any of us chose to follow him, that was OK by him. As far as I know, we Marines (HMM-163) had no orders to do anything to support the camp. Fifteen minutes later, there were no operable H-34s left on the ramp at Phu Bai.
                    Ashau was socked in with an overcast sitting on top of the mountains surrounding the valley. LtCol House had plotted all the known AA gun sites on his chart. (an hour earlier, A-1 Skyraider pilot, Air Force Major Bernie Fisher, landed on the shot up runway at Ashau to rescue his wingman who had bellied in his Spad, riddled with bullet holes by these same AA guns. He took off in a hail of enemy fire. Fisher won the CMH in doing so.) We approached the valley north of the camp by scud running up a mountain stream, crossing the tops with our rotors in the soup, then scud running down into the valley and under the overcast, which was about 200 feet above the terrain. We then turned left towards the camp about 15 miles south. Fortunately, the enemy AA guns were in the clouds above us.
                    Suddenly circling around us was a flight of Air Force A-1 Skyraiders loaded with napalm (forever changing this Marine pilot’s opinion of Air Force pilot's skill and courage). These guys had to punch through the solid overcast using just a Tacan fix, (radial & distance), hoping they'd break out below...awesome!
                    As we approached the camp, the good guys were coming out through the north barricade gate, while the bad guys came in, through and over the SW wall. That's where the Skyraiders dropped their ordinance. We followed LtCol House's lead and landed just outside the camp in 15-foot high elephant grass. Some H-34s, mine included, were immediately overloaded with panicked Nungs and Arvin, while other ships had no one loading because they couldn't be seen down in the elephant grass. I remember seeing a Special Forces soldier putting Orientals aboard, but not jumping on himself.
                    About then, the lead H-34 (LtCol House's) kind of exploded and smoke poured out. My bird, BU143977, had way too much weight aboard to lift off, and it looked like mortars were “walking” into the landing zone. We had perhaps 25 soldiers in the cabin and three or four hanging on the struts. I started yelling to the crew below to get them off, shoot if necessary. We weren't going anywhere the way we were.
                    Finally, we managed to lift off, trailing barbed wire from the tail wheel, and rose into the soup above. Most other H-34s made it out individually, some full of bullet and shrapnel holes. VFR on top, as a flight of one, we headed back to Phu Bai. Mission time 2.4 hours, .9 IFR.
                    LtCol. House and his crew joined the Ashau refugees led by a Special Forces Captain. House took command and led the E&E column, choosing a route the SF Captain didn't agree with. Later that night, the Captain's route was heavily mortared, while the path House took brought them out safely. The next day, or maybe the following, House and his crew were picked up by one of our birds.
                    Aftermath:
                    The next day, the squadron (HMM-163) was given a stand down, to repair and recuperate. The only birds flying were the 2 med-evac standby ships. I was Section leader of the med-evac flight in BU 149318. I was to fly some photographers over the valley so they could take pictures, now that the weather had cleared. We flew over at 10,000', or as high as I could get, and watched the AF bomb the anti-aircraft positions while the photographers took their photos.
                    As we landed back at Phu Bai, Major Wyman Blakeman, the Ops Officer, gave me the turn up sign. After refueling, I restarted and he told me on the radio, to go back to Ashau to try to rescue a Skyraider driver who had been shot down by the 37MM AA gun he was working over. We flew back out at altitude, and contacted an Army O-1 Bird Dog, who directed us to the downed pilot. I instructed my wingman to stay as high as he could, and to try to keep us in sight. My co-pilot, 1/lt Joe Weiss, and I then flew east, descended and approached the pick up point in defilade keeping hills between the AA gun and us. I did a hover check and found we could not hover at that weight and altitude. I instructed the AF pilot on his survival radio, to try to move downhill, while we flew off and burned up fuel. About 45 minutes of flying in full rich mixture at a high power setting and throwing out the life raft, survival gear, tool box and anything else not fastened down, did the job. We returned for the pick up, spotted his smoke flare, and came to a hover for an “out-of-ground-effect” hoist pick up. With Weiss on the throttle/collective, looking inside, and me on the cyclic and rudders looking outside, and our wheels in the treetops, we made the pick up in the red paint on the 100’ hoist cable. We got the guy (Major “Buzz” Blaylock, USAF) and scooted out of there with Blaylock hugging my feet from the cabin below. My wingman joined up, followed by the A-1 Skyraider wingman. I led the flight into a right echelon (2 H-34s and an A-1) left break over our camp at Phu Bai at 300'. The squadron, on stand down and alerted by Blakeman via the loudspeaker, welcomed us home. Nice to return the AF Ashau escort favor.
                    Later, all of us who flew the Ashau mission had to testify before a court of inquiry in Danang regarding shooting friendlys off our aircraft. I don't know if LtCol. House ever gave that order, but I certainly did...and so stated.
                    LtCol. House was awarded the Navy Cross and got a letter of reprimand at the same time for telling it all to the press. (see “The Cat From Hue” by John Laurence, CBS News. ISBN I-891620-31-2) House was also made an honorary member of the Special Forces at a ceremony at our camp. Subsequently, Barry Sadler’s song “The Ballad of the Green Berets” was often sung in our squadron O Club (tent) during Happy Hour.

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                      Re: UH-34D 150255 In restoration to fly

                      Thanks Norm, OUTSTANDING!!!
                      Semper Fidelis
                      Joe


                      Phu Bai tower:
                      YW-11 for Phu Bai DASC-
                      Remember, These are "A" models!
                      YW-11 BuNo-151939
                      '65 Model CH-46A

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                        Re: UH-34D 150255 In restoration to fly

                        Thanks, Surely makes us all proud of you and all that flew in those days Semper Fidelis PM

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