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B Company - "Varsity"

7-101 GSAB

Fort Campbell, Kentucky

2007 - 2009



             05-08012, Boeing Vertol Tab Number M8012, was a CH-47F helicopter. The U.S. Army acceptance date was 29 December 2006. As of 29 December 2006, 05-08012 accumulated 14.0 aircraft hours.

   05-08012 was a new build airframe that utilized the power train components (blades, engines and transmissions, etc.) from 86-01635.

   05-08012 was initially assigned to B Company - "Varsity", 7th Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

   In the Spring of 2008, 05-08012 was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

   On or about 17 January 2009, 05-08012 suffered from a hard landing following engagement with the enemy. The aircraft was struck in the left main fuel tank by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG). The left side of the aircraft became engulfed in flames. The number one engine failed due to fuel starvation.

   The pilot was able to fly the aircraft several miles away from the engagement area and land. Upon landing the aircraft rolled onto its right side and was consumed in the post crash fire.

   There was on fatality, SPC Ezra Dawson, 31, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

   As of 17 January 2009, 05-08012 was 2.1 years old.

   As of 17 January 2009, the last known location of 05-08012 was Afghanistan.

   Aircraft status: Shot down.



          Press Release



             17 January 2009: Kabul, Afghanistan - One U.S. soldier was killed when a CH-47F Chinook helicopter, tail number 05-08012, made a crash landing in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the U.S. military said, adding that small arms fire was involved. It was reported that rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) were also involved. The aircraft was reportedly destroyed in the ensuing post crash fire.

   "One service member was killed today when a coalition CH-47 helicopter ... conducted a hard landing in eastern Afghanistan," the U.S. military said in a statement. "Though the cause of the landing is currently undetermined, small arms fire was present at the time of the incident."

   Spc. Ezra Dawson, 31, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died in Konar Province, Afghanistan when the Chinook helicopter he was in made a hard landing under combat conditions. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

   05-08012 was the first CH-47F helicopter to be lost since the development of the new model airframe.



             The following CH-47F Chinook helicopters were original fielded to B Company - "Varsity", 7th Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in mid 2007:



04-08702 04-08703 04-08704 04-08705 04-08706
04-08707 05-08010 05-08011 05-08012 05-08013
05-08014 05-08015 05-08016    



          This aircraft was piloted by:


          CW4 Rob Devlin, Pilot in Command, 2007 - 2009


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          This aircraft was crewed by:


          SSG Jonathan McClawhorn, Flight Engineer, 2008 - 2009


          SPC Kenneth Mason, Crew Chief, 2008 - 2009


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