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UH1C Centaur Aircraft Tail Numbers - UH-1C

by Michael Peake
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UH-1C Gunships - see photos
AC Model Tail Number Buy Date Begin Unit Begin Hours Finish In Unit Finish Hours Total Hours Remarks (note: MASN = Military Aircraft Serial Numbers-1908 to Present)
UH-1C 64-14124 965 6808 864 6811 996 132 D Troop.
UH-1C 65-09433             D Troop. Upgraded from a B model
UH-1C 65-09434             D Troop. Upgraded from a B model
UH-1C 65-09435 166 6808 1084 6812 1243 159 D Troop.

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65-09444 166 6808 1463 6812 1692 229

SP5 Dwain Adkins, Gunship Crew Chief D Troop 1964-67, provides photograph of right side of UH-1C/B 65-09444 Heavy Scout Gunship mounting the half of the XM16 armament system consisting of four 7.62 M60C machine guns and two 2.75-inch 7-shot rocket pods. Dale Dow’s Centaur Aircraft 66-73 Excel Database #2 shows UH-1C 65-09444 Heavy Scout Gunship.

D Troop. My Page shows Robert F. "Bob" Taylor, former crew chief of UH-1C Huey Gunship #65-09444. Upgraded from a B model. He was the second crew chief of UH-1C Huey Gunship #65-09444. MASN for 1965 shows: Bell UH-1C/B Iroquois 65-09444 converted to UH-1M.

UH-1C 65-09457             D Troop. Upgraded from a B model
UH-1C 65-09459 266       807   D Troop. John Willi Williams Photo Story "Hog Mower-Jul 1967" provides Accident Report 670718071: UH-1C tail number 65-09459, Date: 07/18/67, While flying as wingman in a light fire team escorting a dust-off, the co-pilot observed enemy tracers during a turn. Coming out of the turn the crew chief warned the pilot of trees. Observing the trees, the pilot flared and pulled pitch while continuing into and through the trees. Weather was considered a factor because of light haze, ground fog and darkness.
UH-1C 65-09460             D Troop.

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65-09461             D Troop. "The Infamous."- Jeffery "Jeff" "Doc" Halliday Slide Show Image JH-140 shows UH-1C Huey Gunship 461 "The Infamous" owned by Pat Eastes." UH-1C 65-09461 is not listed on the VHPA chart of identified Centaur aircraft. Dale Dow’s Centaur Aircraft 66-73 Excel Database #2 shows UH-1C 65-09461 Heavy Scout Gunship.

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65-09462            

D Troop. In Memoriam Page shows SP5 Paul Davidson was door gunner for UH-1C Huey "Heavy Scout" #65-09462. He died March 28, 2013.

SP5 Thomas "TJ" Lange was crew chief of 462 Jan 1967 to May 1968. TJ died 12 Nov 2011

UH-1C 65-09463 266 6808 1668 6811 1825 157 D Troop. Upgraded from a B model

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65-09464             D Troop. Heavy Scout Gunship. Poncho Villa,” Aircraft Commander CPT Carl William Burns, Pilot CPT Lewis L. "Lew" Barger (Centaur 21): Tail rotor failed during gun run. Autorotation was started to rice paddy. At pitch pull, aircraft spun to right, hit hard, bounced and spun 3 complete turns, shedding main rotor and transmission. Aircraft had been fired upon and evacuation ship was hit during pickup of the crew. Video interview "The Demise of Poncho Villa" by Carl Burns and Lewis Barger. SP5 Reynald Villarreal, nickname “El Centauro Del Norte”, named the aircraft after Poncho Villa. PV2 John D. “Jack” Cumbie served as door gunner. "Once a Centaur, always a Centaur". Upgraded from a B model

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65-09468   6712 0 6712 0 0 D Troop. Robert F. "Bob" Taylor, former crew chief of UH-1C Huey Gunship #65-09444, indicates that UH-1C Huey Gunship #65-09468 crashed in December 1967 with the loss 4 KIA. In Memoriam Page shows WO1 Howard D. "Doug" Anderson, age 20, was killed in action when his UH-1C/UH-1B Huey Gunship #65-09468 was shot down Hau Nghia Province December 27, 1967. Door gunner SP4 John Paul Barsch, age 24, was among the four crewmen killed when the aircraft #468 had the main rotor severed by an M79 grenade explosion. Also killed were WO1 Mark Vedder Schmidt, age 26, and crew chief SP5 Roger Lee Henson, age 20. Upgraded from a B model. MASN for 1965 shows: Bell UH-1C Iroquois 65-09468 3/4th ACV, D Troop shot down by an explosive weapon (RPG or grenade launcher) in SVN December 27, 1967. 4 KIA.

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??-??612             D Troop. D Troop. SP5 Warren H. Waite, Jr, Service Platoon Mechanic D Troop 1968-69, provides four images showing the destruction of Heavy Scout UH-1C 66-00612 sitting in a hangar. UH-1C 66-00612 is not listed on the VHPA chart of identified Centaur aircraft. (http://centaursinvietnam.org/PhotoAlbums/iPhotoWaiteWarren.html, Photo Album Images #11, #12, #13 and #14.) MASN for 1966 shows: Bell UH-1C Iroquois 66-00612 written off January 12, 1968.

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66-00513 766 6808 1009 6812 1216 207

SGT Norman W. "Norm" Clark, Door Gunner D Troop 1967-68, provides My Page Twin Photographs showing 24 pod rocket system on each side of his UH-1C 66-00513 "Heavy Hog"in 1967.

D Troop. My Page also shows image of Terry Vaughan working on Doug Olsen's UH-1C Huey "Hog" #66-00513. MASN for 1966 shows: Bell UH-1C Iroquois 66-00513 converted to UH-1M; Transferred to Lexington, NE Transportation Museum.

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66-00520             D Troop. "The Beast." Robert F. "Bob" Taylor, former crew chief of UH-1C Huey Gunship #65-09444, indicates that UH-1C Huey Gunship #66-00520 got the nickname "The Beast" because she had the strongest engine of all the C models.

It was a replacement and was crewed by Paul Turner Gunner and SP5 Earl W. Goodall Crew Chief

Dale Dow’s Centaur Aircraft 66-73 Excel Database #2 shows UH-1C 66-00520 Heavy Weapons “Hog.” 15 August 68 Accident with crew Aircraft Commander Tonny B. Wolfe and Pilot CW2 Michael J. Galloway. On 15 August 68, 2310 hours, the aircraft commander and pilot terminated their mission by refueling then intending to return to the maintenance area. The aircraft still had a basic load of 3,000 rounds of door gun ammo 6,000 rounds of mini-gun ammo, and 14 rockets, all evenly distributed. After taking on 1040 pounds of fuel, calling for clearance to depart POL, WO Galloway attempted to lift the aircraft to a hover. At this time, the aircraft initiated a steady smooth movement to the right rear. WO Gallaway made a cyclic correction to no avail, at which time the aircraft commander WO1 Wolfe, responded with full forward left cyclic which had no effect. The collective was then bottomed as the main rotor struck the ground to the right of the aircraft. The aircraft rocked back and forth several times to its left front spreading the skids, ripping the aft portion of the tail section from the aircraft, and separating the transmission. No injuries were sustained during the accident. MASN for 1966 shows: Bell UH-1C Iroquois 66-00520 converted to UH-1M.

UH-1C 66-00663 1166 6808 1003 6808 1075 72 D Troop.
UH-1C 66-15172 667 6808 587 6811 760 173 D Troop.

NOTE: All data acquired from images found in the Centaur List of Photo Albums, Slide Shows, Yearbooks, My Page entries and Rosters War Stories Essays/Discussions, are cross referenced with chart provided by VHPA found in War Stories Discussions-Centaur Aircraft Tail Numbers augmented by a database of unknown origin provided by Tom Dooling.

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