Notable H-3 Helicopters

The following information has been developed from research of ARRS 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
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Email:  tlow52@hotmail.com

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MDS S/N Event Date of Occurance Crew Member/Details Disposition
CH-3A 62-12571 First H-3 to USAF 1962 Unk/Delvd to Tyndall /4756 Drone Sq AMARC
CH-3B 62-12574 First CH-3B to USAF Early 1963 Unk/Delvd to Otis I 551 Base Flight AMARC
CH-3B 62-12574 WR - "Otis Falcon" 27/5-5/6/63 Unk/Otis-Paris, 6 legs, 35.5 fit hrs AMARC
CH-3C 62-12577 CH-3C prototype Unk Unk Unk
CH-3C 62-12578 Adverse wx test acft Feb-Jul 64 Var/Conducted from W-P AFB, OH Scrapped
CH-3E 62-12579 Air Force Cross 6 Oct 69 Conron/Defended helo crew in Laos Crashed during msn
CH-3E 62-12579 SEA attrition 6 Oct 69 Conron/"K 62" Muang Phine, Laos Crashed during msn
CH-3C 62-12580 AAR test mission 15 Dec 65 Unk/Refuel with Marine KC-130 Unk
CH-3E 62-12580 SEA attrition 17 Jan 69 Martin/"PE 20" At LS36, Laos Crashed during msn
CH-3C 62-12581 Static display Unk NA Display - Edwards
CH-3E 63-9676 2nd H-3 Rescue in SEA 1966 – 1972 "Black Maria" spec ops Var/21H5, VC had $50,000 bounty Display - USAFM
CH-3E 63-9676 Static display Unk NA Display - USAFM
CH-3E 63-9681 SEA attrition 13 Aug 70 Cheeseman/"Skycap 36" Thailand Crashed during msn
CH-3E 63-9682 Silver Star x 3 29 Dec 67 Hall,Villotti, Martinelli/Saved gnd team Cmbt loss 20 Feb 69
CH-3E 63-9682 SEA attrition 20 Feb 69 Belanger/"PE 16" Hyd fire in Laos Crashed during msn
CH-3C 63-9683 First CH-3 to ARRS Early 64 Unk/Delvd to ARS for testing, Eglin Unk
CH-3C 63-9683 First SAR by CH-3 8 Jul 64 Arthur, Hartley, Damonte,Chesson/Boat Unk
CH-3E 63-9683 SEA attrition 30 Dec 67 Bumford/"PE 30" Laos Crashed during msn
CH-3E 63-9685 First Jolly combat loss 6 Nov 65 Lilly/Lost during SAR for McKnight Crashed during msn
CH-3E 64-14222 SEA attrition 6 Oct 69 Taylor/"K 61" Muang Phine, Laos Crashed during msn
HH-3E 64-14227 SEA attrition 6 Sep 66 NA/Dropped by CH-47 during ferry Destroyed in drop
HH-3E 64-14231 SEA attrition 29 Nov 66 Unk/Crashed at classified site - NVN Crashed during msn
HH-3E 64-14232 Static display Unk NA Display - Kirtland
HH-3E 64-14233 SEA attrition 15 Jan 68 Etzel/"JG 20" Preview 01 SAR - NVN Crashed during msn
CH-3E 64-14237 SEA attrition 23 Aug 67 Patterson/"PE" Laos Crashed during msn
HH-3E 65-12778 SEA attrition 20 Oct 66 Youngblood/Unkown circumstances Crashed during msn
HH-3E 65-12779 Air Force Cross x 2 6 Feb 67 Wood, Hackney/"JG 05", Saved crew Shot down by 37mm AAA
HH-3E 65-12779 1967 Cheney Award 6 Feb 67 Hackney/Put chute on surv as helo dive Shot down by 37mm AAA
HH-3E 65-12779 SEA attrition 6 Feb 67 Wood/"JG 05" Nail 65 SAR in NVN Crashed during msn
HH-3E 65-12780 USS Forestal tragedy 29/30 Jul 67 Griggs/"JG 07" saved 28 men (w/JG 10) AMARC 9 Jul 92
HH-3E 65-12780 Air Force Cross 30 Mar 68 Griggs/"JG 07" Saved crews at A Shau AMARC 9 Jul 92
HH-3E 65-12781 Air Force Cross 3 Jul 67 Etzel/"JG 09" Saved pilot in NVN Crashed 1 May 86
HH-3E 65-12782 USS Forestal tragedy 29/30 Jul 67 Unk/"JG 10" 70 sorties in two days( w/JG 07) Cmbt loss 5 Oct 68
HH-3E 65-12782 Air Force Cross 30 Mar 68 Green/"JG 10" Saved crews at A Shau Cmbt loss 5 Oct 68
HH-3E 65-12782 SEA attrition 5 Oct 68 Granier/"JG 10" Extract msn in Laos Crashed during msn
HH-3E 65-12783 First HH-3s to SVN (2) 18 Jul 66 Unk/"JG 15", fm Udorn Det 5 to Danang Sold to civ Jul 98
HH-3E 65-12784 First HH-3s to SVN (2) 18 Jul 66 Unk/"JG 18", fm Udorn Det 5 to Danang Display - Hurlburt
HH-3E 65-12784 Water landing IFE 15 Jan 67 Mayfield/"JG 19", float 16 hr, p/u by CH54 Display – Hurlburt
HH-3E 65-12784 Silver Star msn – PJ 16 Nov 66 Unk – AC, Souza-PJ/SAR in Laos Display – Hurlburt
HH-3E 65-12785 Air Force Cross x 2 21 Nov 70 Kalen, Wright/"Banana 1" into camp Crashed during mission
HH-3E 65-12785 Silver Star - Son Tay 21 Nov 70 Zehnder/POW rescue mission in NVN Crashed during mission
HH-3E 65-12785 SEA attrition 21 Nov 70 Kalen/POW rescue mission in NVN Crashed during mission
HH-3E 65-12786 Silver Star x 2 5 Sep 66 Jennings- AC, Murphy-CP/ "JG 24" Cmbt loss – 16 Oct 68
HH-3E 65-12786 First water landing SAR 17 Sep 66 Murphy/ "JG 24" first water p/u for H-3 Cmbt loss – 16 Oct 68
HH-3E 65-12786 Silver Star - AC 6 Oct 66 Mayfield/ "JG 24", Redbird 02B SAR Cmbt loss – 16 Oct 68
HH-3E 65-12786 Silver Star msn - AC 1 May 68 Stringer/"JG 24" Saver two Marines Cmbt loss - 16 Oct 68
HH-3E 65-12786 Silver Star msn - AC 9 Jun 68 Stringer/"JG 24" Attmptd SAR Khe Sanh Cmbt loss - 16 Oct 68
HH-3E 65-12786 SEA attrition 16 Oct 68 Griffiths/"JG 24" Landed at sea, sank Lost during mission
CH-3E 65-12790 Static display Unk NA Display - Hill
CH-3E 65-12790 Static display Unk NA Display - D.M.
CH-3E 65-15690 Static display Unk NA Display - McClellan
CH-3E 65-15691 SEA attrition 27 Jun 69 Henery/"PE 22" Extract msn in Laos Crashed during msn
HH-3E 66-13278 First helo combat AAR 17 Jul 67 McGhan/"JG 25" Pickup F-4C pilot Writeoff 17 Jun 70
HH-3E 66-13278 A Shau Valley SAR 30 Mar 68 Unk/"JG 25" p/u 6 surv, double AFC msn Writeoff 17 Jun 70
HH-3E 66-13279 First helo AAR SEA Jul 67 Lovelady/Two AARs during orbit Cmbt loss 9 Nov 67
HH-3E 66-13279 Medal of Honor 9 Nov 67 Young/"JG 26" Actions to save crew Crashed during msn
HH-3E 66-13279 Air Force Cross x 3 9 Nov 67 Brower, Clay, Maysey/Night extraction Crashed during msn
HH-3E 66-13279 SEA attrition 9 Nov 67 Young/"JG 26" SAR mission in Laos Crashed during msn
HH-3E 66-13280 Trans-Atlantic helo fit 1 Jun 67 Zehnder/30hrs 46 mm, NY - Paris Cmb loss 15 Apr 70
HH-3E 66-13280 Air Force Cross x 2 15 Apr 70 Scott,Wofford/"JG 27" Dak Nay Puey Crashed during mission
HH-3E 66-13280 1970 Cheney Award 15 Apr 70 Wofford/ "JG 27" actions after crash Crashed during mission
HH-3E 66-13280 SEA attrition 15 Apr 70 Scott/ "JG 27" SAR mission in SVN Crashed during mission
HH-3E 66-13281 Trans-Atlantic helo fit 1 Jun 67 Maurras/29hrs 13 mm, NY - London Cmb loss 24 Oct 69
HH-3E 66-13281 First helo combat AAR 18 Jul 67 Unk/"JG 28" Pickup F-4C pilot Cmb loss 24 Oct 69
HH-3E 66-13281 Air Force Cross 24 Oct 69 Smith/"JG 28" Assisted survrs of helo Crashed during msn
HH-3E 66-13281 Silver Star 24 Oct 69 Langham/"JG 28" Emer Ind saved crew Crashed during msn
HH-3E 66-13281 SEA attrition 24 Oct 69 Langham/"JG 28" Dest-friendly air-Laos Dest  during msn
HH-3E 66-13282 Water landing for p/u 30 Aug 67 Unk/"JG 29" lands to p/u A-1 pilot Cmbt loss 20 Oct 68
HH-3E 66-13282 Gen Momeyer VIP msn 22 Sep 67 Dunn/"JG 29" Flown to Dong Ha Cmbt loss 20 Oct 68
HH-3E 66-13282 Air Force Cross 8 Nov 67 McTasney/"JG 29" Night rescue msn Cmbt loss 20 Oct 68
HH-3E 66-13282 SEA attrition 20 Oct 68 Moore/"JG 29" Water landing - NVN Crashed during msn
HH-3E 66-13283 SEA attrition 27 Oct 67 Mulder/"JG 30" Lost eng, dest by FA Dest during msn
HH-3E 66-13284 1990 Ricks Award 20 Oct 89 Bose+crew/Rescue sailors bad wx AMARC 7 Sep 92
CH-3E 66-13287 SEA attrition 24 Oct 70 Schiele/"K 33" Extract msn in Laos Crashed during msn
CH-3E 66-13288 SEA attrition 3 Feb 70 Hughes/"K 51" down, dest by friendly air Dest during msn
HH-3E 66-13290 Air Force Cross 5 Oc t 66 Kennedy/"JG 04" SAR deep into NVN AMARC – for NASM
HH-3E 66-13290 500th save - 37th ARRS 24 Oct 69 Butchka/"JG 04" p/u Maj Bond + 2 AMARC – for NASM
HH-3E 66-13290 Storage - NASM Unk NA AMARC – for NASM
CH-3E 66-13294 SEA attrition 30 Mar 68 Bryant/"Dusty 51" Sensor msn in Laos Crashed during msn
CH-3E 66-13295 SEA attrition 23 May 68 McCollum/"Dusty 51" Sensor msn in Laos Crashed during msn
CH-3E 67-14702 SEA attrition 15 Jan 69 Henery/"K 54" Praire Fire extract, Laos Crashed during msn
HH-3E 67-14703 Desert Storm ops 1991 Var/71 SOS - 5 acft deployed to S.A. Display - Robins
HH-3E 67-14703 Static display Unk NA Display - Robins
HH-3E 67-14704 Sgt Northern 51st "Save" 20 Oct 68 Northern-PJ/"JG 33" p/u 2 from JG 29 AMARC - 1992
HH-3E 67-14704 Lindberg pickup in P.I. 1 Apr 72 Ware/"JG 33" 650 mi each way, AAR AMARC - 1992
HH-3E 67-14707 Desert Storm ops 1991 Var/71 SOS - 5 acft deployed to S.A. Unk
HH-3E 67-14708 Air Force Cross 2 Jul 68 Talley/"JG 21" Went down to help crew Unk
HH-3E 67-14709 1979 Mackay Trophy 30/31 Mar 79 McArdle/Night rescue of 28 Taiwans
Det 13, 33 ARS
AMARC, JG 22 in SEA
HH-3E 67-14710 SEA attrition 9 Jan 68 Rittichier/"JG 23" SAR in A Shau Valley Crashed during msn
HH-3E 67-14712 200th "Save" by 3ARRG 26 Feb 66 Rush/"JG 31" Pickup Capt C. G. Boyd Unk
HH-3E 67-14718 Desert Storm ops 1991 Var/71 SOS - 5 acft deployed to S.A. Unk
HH-3E 67-14722 Air Force Cross 5 Oct 68 Olsen/"JG 32" Rescued 8 under fire FMS – Tunisia 1995
HH-3E 67-14724 Desert Storm ops 1991 Var/71 SOS - 5 acft deployed to S.A. Unk
HH-3E 69-5798 First HH-3 to Thule 2 May 70 Unk/"JG 12" Delvd to Det 4, 39th ARRS Unk
HH-3E 69-5798 WR - longest medevac 7 Jul 73 Damoth/Three AAR HC-130, 1000 mi Unk
HH-3E 69-5798 Desert Storm ops 1991 Var/71 SOS - 5 acft deployed to S.A. Unk
HH-3E 69-5802 1981 Mackay Trophy 4/5 Oct 80 Walters/Saved 61 from "Prinsendam" FMS – Tunisia 1995
HH-3E 69-5804 1986 Tunner Award 8 Oct 85 Schramm + crew/ IFE, crash Selfridge FMS - Tunisia
HH-3E 69-5804 1986 President’s Awd 8 Oct 85 Schramm + crew/ IFE, crash Selfridge FMS - Tunisia
HH-3E 69-5804 1986 Kolligian Trophy 8 Oct 85 Schramm + crew/ IFE, crash Selfridge FMS - Tunisia
HH-3E "JG 17" Air Force Cross 25 Dec 68 King/Went down to help crewman Unk
HH-3E "JG 36" Air Force Cross 20 Oct 66 Kennedy/Saved two crews Unk
HH-3E "JG 37" Air Force Cross 2 Jul 67 Etzel/Unsuccessful p/u attempt first day Unk
HH-3E "JG 37" Air Force Cross 18 Jul 67 York/SAR in NVN Unk
HH-3E Unk Air Force Cross 5 Oct 66 O'Mara/Attempt p/u until forced to leave Unk
HH-3E Unk Air Force Cross 11 Jun 67 Firse/Flew deep into NVN for SAR Unk
HH-3E Unk Air Force Cross 30 May 68 Newman/Went down to help crewman Unk
HH-3E Unk 1968 Cheney Award 30 May 68 Newman/Went down to help crewman Unk
HH-3E Unk Silver Star x2, AC, PJ 23 Aug 67 Freshwater-AC, Hawkins-PJ/Dong Hoi Unk
CH-3C Unk Silver Star - AC 27 Jul 65 Cpt George Martin/"JG 01" 30  mi w Hanoi Unk
CH-3C 676 or 685 Silver Star msn – AC Unk Capt Jerry W. Jennings Unk
HH-3E Unk Silver Star msn – PJ Unk Berkley E. Naugle Unk
HH-3E Unk Silver Star msn – AC Unk David Dickey Unk
HH-3E Unk Silver Star msn – AC Unk Capt John B. McTasney Unk
HH-3E Unk Silver Star msn – AC Unk Maj Don P. Olsen Unk
HH-3E Unk Silver Star msn – AC Unk Maj Herbert D. Kalen Unk
HH-3E Unk Silver Star msn – PJ Unk A1C Charles D. King Unk
HH-3E Unk Silver Star - AC 5 Oct 66 Capt Jack Perry/His first combat SAR Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 15 Apr 71? SSgt Gary T. Osborne Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 5 Oct 69 SSgt Ernest D. Casbeer Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1968 SSgt Samuel C. Adams Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1968 Capt Joseph J. Dillon Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1968 SSgt John Enriquez Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1968 A1C Ricky D. Hindman Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1968 SSgt Alvin A. Malone Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1968 Capt John D. Oliver Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1968 Capt Ronald G. Spray Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1968 SSgt Wendell L. Stumbaugh Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1968 Maj. Billie J. Wingfield Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1968 Sgt Martin E. Roepstorff Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1967 Maj Moore Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1967 Capt Harold Bradley Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1967 Capt Colyer Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1967 A1C David Sliger Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1967 A2C Robert Cotter Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 1967 A2C John Pighini Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 15 Jul 1967 Northern Unk
HH-3E 37 Silver Star - PJ 23 Aug1967 Northern Unk
HH-3E Unk Silver Star Unk Col Royal Brown Unk
CH-3C Unk First CH-3C to USAF 30 Dec 63 Unk/Flown Conn to Tyndall Unk
CH-3C 37 First combat AAR 18 Jul 67 Unk/First time areal refuel actual msn Unk
HH-3E 37 100th Save by 37th 1 Aug 67 McGhan Unk
HH-3E 37 200th Save by 37th 16 Sep 67 Ferrell/Pickup three from JG 36 Unk
HH-3E Unk 3,000th "Save" in SEA Unk Unk/Pickup survivors from downed H-3 Unk
HH-3E Unk Pickup Dieter Dengler 20 Jul 66 Cowell/After escape from captors-Laos Unk
HH-3E Unk High bird - Dengler SAR 20 Jul 66 Henry/Recovered in Laos Unk
HH-3E Unk Named "Lucky Linda" Unk Var Unk
HH-3E Unk Sub p/u 400 mi fm CRK 22 Aug 79 Oliver/Hover over surfaced sub, hoist Unk
HH-3E 2 Acft Typhoon Orchid rescue 10 Sep 80 Schumacher/Osan acft rescues 94 people Unk
CH-3E 1 Acft Typhoon Orchid rescue 10 Sep 80 Basket?/33ARRS Det 13 Unk
HH-3E 41 RS Long range SAR 1994? Coffindaffer/AAR at 1,000 ft, 105 kts Unk
HH-3E 17 ARRS 1978 Aviator Valor Awd 1978 Cunningham/Res 17 from mt, 71ARRS Unk
HH-3E Unk 1980 Schilling Award 1980 Hahn/Saved three lives in Alaska Unk
HH-3E Unk 1979 Citation of Honor Unk Kraft/Clark, Det 1 33 ARRS Unk
HH-3E Unk Hovering res at 16,200' 1980 Vaillancourt - FE/Elmendorf, 71 ARRS Unk
HH-3E Unk Evacuate Galena, AK 21 May 71 Var/234 removed from flood waters Unk
HH-3E Unk Rescue at sea 25 Jul 71 Unk/450 miles, three AARs HC-130 Unk
HH-3E 3 Acft Mega-SAR in Korea Dec 72 Var/Saved 634, Osan, Det 1, 33 ARRS Unk
HH-3E Unk First H-3 to ANG May 75 Unk/Delvd to Hayward MAP I 129ARRS Unk
HH-3E 31 ARRS 20,000th save, ARRS 21 Sep 81 Roarke/14 saved from Datu Kalantiaw Unk
CH-3 33 ARRS 20,000th save, ARRS 21 Sep 81 Pribyla/During typhoon in Philippines Unk
CH-3B Unk First H-3 to USAF Sep 61 Unk/For evaluation trials Unk
CH-3C Unk First H-3C to USAF 30 Dec 63 Unk/Accepted Conn, flown to Eglin Unk
CH-3C 2 Acft First CH-3 to SEA 6 Jul 65 Unk/To DaNang Unk
CH-3C 2 Acft First CH-3 in Thailand Feb 66 Unk/Det established at NKP, Thailand Unk
HH-3E 2 Acft First HH-3Es to SEA 3 Nov 65 Unk/C-133 delivers two to Udorn Unk
HH-3E 37, DaNang Last H-3 from 37 ARRS 1971? Clark/Flown from DaNang to Kadena Unk
CH-3E 302 S0S Helo Heroism Award Early 83 Davis/Rescue in box canyon Unk
HH-3E D-14, Kef Russian sailor rescue Apr 83 Farrier/250mi SAR to "Plunge" Unk
HH-3E D-14, Kef Russian sailor rescue Unk Newton Unk
CH-3E Tyndall Pickup 1,000th drone Unk Fleek/Drone recovery mission Unk
CH-3E Tyndall Pickup 2,000 drone 17 Jul 78 Cook/"JG 29" Unk

Ron Thurlow as of 25 Jun 99


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