66-19078, Boeing build number B-336, was a CH-47A helicopter. The U.S. Army acceptance date was 30 March 1967. The administrative strike date was 1 June 1972 or 23 March 1975. 66-19078 accumulated at least 2,677.0 aircraft hours.

   At some point, 66-19078 was assigned to a A Company - "Wildcats", 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion (ASHB) in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN).

   On an unknown date (November 1968), 66-19078 received fire from U.S. Forces near Quan Loi. A 105 millimeter (mm) round struck 66-19078 in the right fuel tank. The round pierced the fuel tank, continued through the aircraft and exited out the left side of the fuselage. The round did not explode upon contact with the helicopter.

   While passing through the fuselage, the round narrowly missed striking the Flight Engineer (FE). SP5 Elton B. Chappell was lying on the cargo floor watching a sling load when a 105 round came through the ship about three feet over his head.

   The Aircraft Commander was 1LT Kenneth C. Keating and the other pilot was WO Mark Clements.

   At some point, 66-19078 was assigned to the 247th Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN), and remained there until it was lost due to North Vietnamese or Vietcong (VC) action at Da Nang and / or Phu Cat, details unknown.

   The last known location of 66-19078 was in the Republic of Vietnam.

   Aircraft status: Destroyed.



          In the right side. Out the left side.
The right side of 66-19078 was struck by a 105 mm round.
The left side of 66-19078 showing the point where the 105 mm round exited the aircraft.



          This aircraft was piloted by:


          1LT Kenneth C. Keating, Aircraft Commander, 1968


          WO Mark Clements, Pilot, 1968


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          This aircraft was crewed by:


          SP5 Elton B. Chappell, Flight Engineer, 1968


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