CH-3 / HH-3 Roster - SEA 1965-1970

1 Mar 99

The following serial numbers have been developed from research of 37ARRS unit histories, SEA aircraft loss records, and accounts of Air Force Cross and Medal of Honor actions in SEA. If you have information relevant to this list please contact:

Ron Thurlow
2689 Richmar Dr.
Beavercreek, OH 45434

Email:  tlow52@hotmail.com

Thank you.

Serial Number C/S Comments / Aircraft Disposition if Known
62-12579* K 62 CH-3, used by Conron in AFC event 6 Nov 69, combat loss that day
62-12582* PE 20 CH-3, loss 17 Jan 69
63-09678* Unk CH-3, combat loss 30 Dec 67 (?)
63-06981* Unk CH-3, combat loss 13 Jun 70
63-09682* Unk CH-3, 3 x Silver Star msn (Hall,Villotti,Martinelli) 29 Dec 67, lost 20 Feb 69
63-09685* Unk CH-3E, combat loss 6 Nov 65 (Lilly) - first Jolly Green combat loss
64-14222* K 61 CH-3E, loss 6 Oct 69
64-14227* Unk HH-3E, dropped by CH-47 on 6 Sep 67
64-14232 JG At NKP Mar 69 - Apr 70, to AMARC Dec 90, then display at Kirtland
64-14233* JG 20 Combat loss 15 Jan 68 - NVN (Etzel)
64-14236* Unk CH-3E, combat loss 23 Jun 67
64-14237* K 51 Combat loss 23 Aug 67 - Laos
65-12777 JG Unknown if deployed to SEA, transferred to Ft Rucker 1990
65-12778* JG 02 Intentionally dest 20 Oct 66 (Youngblood), crew p/u by Kennedy (AFC action)
65-12779* JG 05 Combat loss 6 Feb 67 (Wood), Wood and Hackney AFC action
65-12780 JG 07 Used by Griggs during AFC mission, 30 Mar 68 - to AMARC 9 Jul 92
65-12781 JG 09 Used by Etzel during AFC mission 3 Jul 67, later active Moffott Fld 1980-1986
65-12782* JG 10 Used by Green in AFC msn,30 Mar 68 - lost during Olsen AFC event, 5 Oct 68
65-12783 JG 15 First HH-3 (2) SVN-18 Jul 66, p/u Smith + surv during Smith AFC, 24 Oct69
65-12784 JG 18 Emer land water, float 16 hr (Mayfield) 15 Jan 67, AMARC Sep 91, disp Hurlbt
65-12785* JG 24 Son Tay msn (Kalen/Wright AFC) 21 Nov 70-intentional crash into POW camp
65-12786* JG 24 First HH-3 (2) SVN-18 Jul 66, cmbt loss 16 Oct 68 (Griffiths)-sank at Tiger Isld
65-12787 JG Unknown if deployed to SEA, transferred to Ft Rucker 1993
65-12799 JG Display at Davis-Monthan
65-12800 Unk CH-3E, 20HS / Udorn 1966 - 67, Ft Rucker 1990 - 93
65-15691* Unk CH-3E, destroyed SEA 27 Jun 69
65-15692* Unk CH-3E, 20HS / Tan Son Nhut 1966 - 67, crashed 18 Mar 89 w/ 71SOS, D-M
65-15693 Unk CH-3E, 20HS / Tan Son Nhut 1966 -67, AMARC 1987
66-13277 JG 26  
66-13278* JG 25 First helo combat AAR 18 Jul 67, w/o after dropped by Skycrane - 17 Jan 70
66-13279* JG 26 Young /Brower/Clay/Maysey MOH/AFC msn 9 Nov 67 - combat loss that day
66-13280* JG 27 Used by Scott/Wofford during AFC mission 15 Apr 70 - combat loss that day
66-13281* JG 28 First helo combat AAR 18 Jul 67, Smith AFC 24 Oct 69-loss that day(Langham)
66-13282* JG 29 Used by McTasney during AFC mission 8 Nov 67 - crashed 20 Oct 68 (Moore)
66-13283* JG 30 Active SEA Apr-Jun 67 - destroyed SEA 27 Oct 67 (Mulder)
66-13284 JG Unknown if deployed to SEA - to AMARC 9 Jul 92
66-13285 JG Unknown if deployed to SEA, transferred to Ft Rucker 1993
66-13287* Unk CH-3, loss 24 Oct 70
66-13288* JG CH-3, combat loss 3 Feb 70
66-13289 JG 03 Active in SEA Jul - Sep 67
66-13290 JG 04 Used by Kennedy during AFC mission, 5 Oct 66 - in storage for NASM
66-13291 JG Unknown if deployed to SEA, to AMARC
66-13292 JG Unknown if deployed to SEA, to AMARC 11 Jul 92
66-13294* JG CH-3E, combat loss 30 Mar 68
66-13295* Unk CH-3E, combat loss 23 May 68
67-14702* Unk CH-3E, combat loss 15 Jan 69
67-14704 JG 33 Active SEA Nov 68 - to AMARC Dec 93
67-14706 JG Active SEA 1968, at Clark 1985 - 90
67-14707 JG 37ARRS at DaNang, also flew in Desert Storm, 1991
67-14708 JG 21 Used by Talley during AFC mission, 2 Jul 68
67-14709 JG 22 Active SEA, Mar 68, also 1969
67-14710* JG 23 HH-3E, combat loss 9 Jun 68 (Rittichier)
67-14712 JG 31 Active SEA, Nov 69
67-14722 JG 32 Used by Olsen during AFC mission, 5 Oct 68 - active at D-M in Sep 92
67-14725 JG 34 Last production HH-3E for USAF, called JG 42 in Oct 69 (HH-53?)
67-14728? JG Active SEA Sep 69 (-728 does not compute as a valid H-3 S/N, may be -53)
? JG 05 Active SEA Fall 68 (?)
? JG 08 Active SEA 1968
? JG 17 Used by King during AFC mission, 25 Dec 68
? JG 19 Active SEA, Oct 69
? JG 35 Active SEA, Oct 69
? JG 36 Kennedy AFC mission, 20 Oct 66 - p/u crew of JG 02 and Avenger 03B
? JG 36 Crashed 16 Sep 67 - disassembled and airlifted to Udorn for repair
? JG 37 Used by Etzel during unsuccessful p/u attempt 2 Jul 67 - AFC action, p/u on 3rd
? JG 37 Used by York during AFC mission, 18 Jul 67
? JG 42 Active SEA, Oct 69 (unknown whether HH-3 or HH-53)
? JG 51 Active SEA, 1965 - 1966
? JG 52 Active at NKP, 5 Oct 66 - dispatched on SAR near Dien Bien Phu
? JG 53 Active SEA, 1965 - 1966
? JG 54 Active at NKP, 5 Oct 66 - dispatched on SAR near Dien Bien Phu
? JG 55 Active SEA, 1965 - 1966
? JG 56 Active SEA, 1965 - 1966
? JG 58 Active SEA, 1965 - 1966
? JG 63 Active SEA, 1965 - 1966
? JG 71 Active SEA, 1965 - 1966

* Aircraft destroyed - either as result of combat action or operational crash.

Note 1: Most of above data based on a 37ARRS history which contained a list of unit HH-3 serial numbers and the Jolly Green numbers assigned to them. A cross-check of 37ARRS SOF logs and other publications indicates these JG numbers / tail number combinations remained static for several years. In May 70 the 37ARRS log book shows new tail numbers for JG 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 - all of which were HH-3 losses earlier in war. These new tail numbers are either a result of conversion to HH-53s or they reflect a change in JG numbering philosophy. Either way, the HH-3 "Jolly Green" callsigns reflected on this roster should be considered valid only up to May 70.

Note 2: Still need HH-3 tail numbers and/or JG callsigns for following AFC actions: O’Mara 5 Oct 66, Kennedy 20 Oct 66 (JG36), Firse 11 Jun 67, Etzel 2 Jul 67 (JG37), York 18 Jul 67 (JG37), Newman 30 May 68, King 25 Dec 68 (JG17).

CH-3 / HH-3 assigned serial numbers:
62-12755 thru 12582 (6) CH-3C
63-9676 thru 9691 (16) CH-3C
64-14221 thru 14237 (17) CH-3C
65-5690 thru 5700 (11) CH-3C
65-12511 (1) unverified CH-3C
65-12777 thru 12800 (24) CH-3C
66-13278 thru 13290 (13) HH-3E
66-13291 thru 13296 (6) CH-3E
67-14702 thru 14725 (24) CH-3E
68-8282 (1) HH-3E

 

The unit history for the 37ARRS, Jul - Sep 1967, notes the following HH-3E aircraft as assigned.
65-12780   JG 07
65-12782   JG 10
66-13278   JG 25
66-13279   JG 26
66-13280   JG 27 (TDY Udorn)
66-13281   JG 28
66-13282   JG 29
66-13283   JG 30
66-13289   JG 03
66-13290   JG 04


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