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A2-RAAF & ARMY Iroquois
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Aircraft Serial Type US Serial Const No. Aircraft History
"A2-022" TH-1F 66-1237 7313 Not a real RAAF/Army serial number.
This is the static display helicopter that replaced A2-1022 at Nyngan.
This is actually an ex-US Army TH-1F previously operated as VH-LIQ.
It suffered a total power loss on 8/12/2009 and was severely damaged.
It was bought up to static display standard at Caloundra airport.
Currently on display at Nyngan, NSW.

Highlight for Album: Iroquois "A2-022"

A2-041 UH-1D 65-10041 5085 Delivered 16/11/66 to 9 Sqn Vietnam.
Re-serialed 05/67 to A2-085.
Somehow this aircraft was serialed using the last 3 digits of the US Serial instead of the constructors number.
The change standardised the fleet.
A2-085 UH-1D
UH-1H
65-10041 5085 Previously A2-041. Last flight in Vietnam prior to 21/02/68.
Returned to Australia 03/68, modified to UH-1H.
Served as part of the United Nations Emergency Force II  1976-79. Based in Ismailia, Egypt.
Served in the Sinai with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) 1982-1986.
The aircraft were lodged aboard HMAS Tobruk in Brisbane with some personnel on 16/02/82.
Australian Group know as ACMFO, Australian Contingent to Multinational Forces and Observers, based at El Gorah, Sinai.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90 Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment. Retired and placed into storage.
Currently on display at Enoggera Army Barracks, Qld.

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A2-110 UH-1H 68-16451 11110 Delivered 09/12/69 to 9 Sqn Vietnam.
9 Squadron received A2-149 and A2-110 due to the the loss on operations of A2-381 and A2-769 10/69.
Operated as UH-1H Bushranger in Vietnam.
Damaged 1969/70 when it landed in coastal mudflats in Vietnam and sunk after an emergency landing.
RAAF crews worked all night after they hooked up tow ropes and dragged the aircraft to dry ground.
This aircraft was involved in an unusual “un-airworthy” incident in 1970 when it was discovered that a 1.6-metre-long snake had taken up residence, requiring considerable dismantling of the aircraft before the snake could be removed.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
Retired and placed into storage.
Departed Oakey, Queensland 06/2012 on "Leopard Tank Float", destined for the National Vietnam Veteran's Association Museum on Phillip Island, Victoria where it is currently on display.

Highlight for Album: Iroquois A2-110

A2-149 UH-1H 68-15219 10149 Delivered 06/01/69 to 9 Sqn Vietnam.
9 Squadron received A2-149 and A2-110 due to the the loss on operations of A2-381 and A2-769 in 10/69. Operated as UH-1H Bushranger in Vietnam.
Oakey Airshow 1986.
Several tours with Peace Monitoring Group, Bougainville, since 04/98.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment. Retired and placed into storage.
Allocated to Museum of Australian Army Flying, currently being configured as Bushranger gunship.

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A2-278 UH-1H 72-21579 13278 Delivered 11/73. Served with 35 Sqn RAAF.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
Was located at Oakey but used only for test flights.
Retired by 12/2007.
On display Vietnam Memorial, Seymour, Vic.

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A2-279 UH-1H 72-21580 13279 Delivered 11/73. Served with 35 Sqn RAAF.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90 Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
Several tours with Peace Monitoring Group, Bougainville, 04/98 to 07/01.
Painted overall red to distinguish from ex-RAAF Hueys flown by PNGDF.
Departed Bougainville 31/07/01 on board HMAS Kinimbla. T
hese three were the first Iroquois to be landed on Kinimbla since commissioning.
They were due back in Townsville 03/08/01.
This completes 3 and a half years for 171 Op Spt Sqn who flew a total of 8229.5 hours in Iroquois whilst deployed to Bougainville on Op Bel Isi.
Deployed to the Soloman Islands on operation Anode on the 05/08/2003 as a part of ANZAC SQN which consisted of 171 OP SPT SQN (4 x UH-1H), 3 SQN RNZAF (4 x UH-1H) and 35 SQN DET RAAF (3 x Caribou).
Was in service 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment 2006.
Had its last start 09/11/2006 as part of a ground run before being placed into storage.
Noted at RAAF Amberley Fire School 12/2010.

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A2-295 UH-1H 72-21596 13295 Delivered 11/73.
Served with 35 Sqn RAAF.
To 5 Sqn.
Crashed while trying to rescue a suspected snake bitten soldier from High Range training area at night 20/04/77.
Crew were pilots Ken Webb, and Noddy Sawade while crewies were Ted Maxwell, all 35 Squadron.
Aircraft written off by the RAAF, however Bell Helicopters at Eagle Farm repaired it and handed it back to the RAAF 16/03/1978.
Several tours with Peace Monitoring Group, Bougainville, since 04/98.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
Retired and placed into storage.
Delivered to Scottsdale Tasmania RSL 30/09/2014

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A2-296 UH-1H 72-21597 13296 Delivered 11/73.
Served with 35 Sqn RAAF.
To 5 Sqn.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
As of 08/2007 in Service with ARDU.
This aircraft was expected to be the last Huey flown with an RAAF crew.
Noted 3/12/2007 at ARDU Edinburgh SA.
Flew to Archerfield, Qld. 12/12/2007 where they were inhibited and placed in storage at Meeandah.
Carries dual Army and RAAF/ARDU titles
Delivered to RAAFA Museum, Bull Creek, WA 29/07/2014
On display at Bull Creek

Highlight for Album: Iroquois A2-296

A2-310 UH-1H 72-21611 13310 Delivered 11/73.
Served with 35 Sqn RAAF.
To 5 Sqn.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
Several tours with Peace Monitoring Group, Bougainville, 04/98 to 07/01.
Painted overall red to distinguish from ex-RAAF Hueys flown by PNGDF.
Departed Bougainville 31/07/01 on board HMAS Kinimbla.
These three were the first Iroquois to be landed on Kinimbla since commissioning.
They were due back in Townsville 03/08/01.
This completes 3 and a half years for 171 Op Spt Sqn who flew a total of 8229.5 hours in Iroquois whilst deployed to Bougainville on Op Bel Isi.
Was in Service with Army Aviation Training Centre up to 09/2007.
Participant of final flight of Army Iroquois over Brisbane 21/09/2007.
Delivered to Queensland Air Museum 20/05/2014
Currently on display at QAM

Highlight for Album: Iroquois A2-310

A2-376 UH-1H 67-17178 9376 We believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Delivered 06/02/68 to 9 Sqn in Vietnam.
First sortie in Vietnam on 10/02/1968,
Crew; Bridges, Mathieson, McCarthy and Cram.
Cat 2 damage in incident involving A Company 8 RAR on 28 Feb 1970.
Served in the Sinai with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in 1982-1986.
The aircraft were lodged aboard HMAS Tobruk in Brisbane with some personnel on 16/02/82.
Australian Group know as ACMFO, Australian Contingent to Multinational Forces and Observers, based at El Gorah, Sinai.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90.
Reached 10,000 flight hours in 08/91.
Retired and placed into storage probably at Damascus Barracks, Meeandah, Qld.
On display within the Robertson Army Barracks, south of Darwin.
 

Highlight for Album: Iroquois A2-376

A2-377 UH-1H 67-17179 9377 We believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Delivered 06/02/68 to 9 Sqn in Vietnam.
First sortie in Vietnam on 10/02/68,
Crew; Thompson, Davidson, Neatherway and O'Rourke.
Operated as UH-1H Bushranger in Vietnam.
Served in the Sinai with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in 1982-1986.
The aircraft were lodged aboard HMAS Tobruk in Brisbane with some personnel on 16/02/82.
Australian Group know as ACMFO, Australian Contingent to Multinational Forces and Observers, based at El Gorah, Sinai.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Deployed to the Soloman Islands on operation Anode on the 05/08/2003 as a part of ANZAC SQN which consisted of 171 OP SPT SQN (4 x UH-1H), 3 SQN RNZAF (4 x UH-1H) and 35 SQN DET RAAF (3 x Caribou).
Officially retired to the Point Cook museum on the 30/06/2007.
It was flown down from Oakey to Canberra by CAPT Brad Wheeler, LT Glenn Miller, and SGT Rob Knox.
It arrived in Canberra at 1705 on the 29th of June, landing at Russell Offices.
It departed RAAF Fairbairn on the 30th in a three ship form with the crew as CAPT Brad Wheeler, AVM Angus Houston (CDF), and SGT Rob Knox.
The CDF Flew the ACFT almost the entire 3.3 hours it took to get to Point Cook, doing all take offs and landings.
377 will now be repainted into the original colour scheme for display at the Point Cook Museum in the Vietnam display.
Currently on display in Bushranger configuration wearing Army titles.

Highlight for Album: Iroquois A2-377

A2-378 UH-1H 67-17180 9378 Order: EZ2565. Purchased at a cost of $259,873.
We Believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Formerly US Army 67-17180.
Delivered 05/02/68 to 9 Sqn in Vietnam.
First sortie in Vietnam on 09/02/68, crew; Reed, Davidson, Neatherway, O'Rourke.
To Amberley 09/11/71.
To 2AD 24/02/72 for Mirrad Servicing and Mod 148.
To 9 Sqn 19/04/72.
Aircraft crashed 11/01/74 at Cooinda property near Stanthorpe QLD.
Crash due to a short shaft failure. It hit trees in cloud at 110knots and broke up.
Crew; Pilot FLTLT Reginald Van Leuven died 2 days later due to injuries.
Co-pilot PLTOFF Keith Morgan and Crewman CPL Monty Jesinowski were both injured.
Crewman SGT Peter Vidler died at the scene pinned under rotor blade outside the aircraft.
Aircraft Fitters on board CPL Earl Murray and LAC Gerry Rich
were both injured.
Gearbox and two fuel boost pumps recovered, remains scrapped.
A2-379 UH-1H 67-17181 9379 Order: EZ2565. Purchased at a cost of $259,873.
We believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Formerly US Army 67-17181.
05/02/68 to 9 Sqn in Vietnam.
First sortie in Vietnam on 10/02/1968, Crew; Clements, Adam, McCreadie, Mapstone.
Damaged by a mine on 13/02/70 whilst extracting SAS Patrol 31.
To Amberley 09/11/71.
To 3AD 28/06/72 for Mod 148.
To 9 Sqn 01/07/72.
While serving with 9 Sqn Det "A" it crashed 29/07/77 into high ground during poor weather conditions in the Baliem Valley, Irian Jaya.
Crew; FLTLT R. Taylor (Pilot), FLTLT Greg Cashmere (Co-Pilot). 4 Others Injured.
Written Off.

Highlight for Album: Iroquois A2-379

A2-380 UH-1H 67-17182 9380 Order: EZ2565. Purchased at a cost of $259,873.
We Believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Formerly US Army 67-17182.
Delivered 05/02/68 to 9 Sqn in Vietnam.
First sortie in Vietnam on 14/02/68, Crew; Reed, Kendell, Clark and Taylor.
Fitted with a trial gunship system consisting of XM-158 2.75 inch nineteen pod rocket launcher and 7.62mm M60 Mini Gun fitted on rear pylon on each side of the helicopter, later moved to front pylon.
The nineteen pod rocket launcher was later changed to a seven pod.
To Amberley 09/11/71.
To 3AD for Mirrad Service.
To 9 Sqn 21/06/72.
To 3AD 21/01/77 for E Service.
To 9 Sqn 12/04/77.
To Bell 18/10/78.
To 9 Sqn.
It was the 8th aircraft in a 8 ship formation, escorted by 3 gunships when it crashed 30/10/81 at Shoalwater Bay QLD.
A2-381 UH-1H 67-17183 9381 Order: EZ2565. Purchased at a cost of $259,873.
We believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Formerly US Army 67-17183.
Delivered 05/02/68 to 9 Sqn in Vietnam.
First sortie in Vietnam on 16/02/68,
Crew; Clements, Sively, Coughlan, Soanes. Damaged 21/08/69 - holed some 19 times.
The Door Gunner, John Kerins was medevaced back to Australia following his wounds.
Crew; Pilot Officer R.B.Treloar (Pilot), Flight Lieutenant Ian(Jim) Satrapa (Co-Pilot), Crewman was LAC Tony Reynolds-Huntley, the door Gunner LAC John Kerins.
Crashed 18/10/69, Nui Thi Vai Vietnam after hit trees and caught fire while landing in an extremely small landing zone.
Wreckage completely destroyed by SAS demolition team.

Highlight for Album: Iroquois A2-381

A2-382 UH-1H 67-17184 9382 Order: EZ2565.
We believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Formerly US Army 67-17184.
Delivered 05/02/68 to 9 Sqn in Vietnam.
First Sortie in Vietnam on 14/02/68, Crew; Rider, Wells, Neatherway and Robinson.
Ditched at Long Hai Beach 06/70 after being hit by small arms fire.
Wreck recovered by US Chinook and written off.
The port section of the fuselage is used at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook as part of the Vietnam Display.
The starboard section is at the RAAF Base Townsville museum.

Highlight for Album: Iroquois A2-382

A2-383 UH-1H 67-17185 9383 Order: EZ2565.
We believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Formerly US Army 67-17185.
06/02/68 to 9 Sqn in Vietnam.
First Sortie in Vietnam on 14/02/1968, Crew; Thompson, Trease, Williams and McKinnon.
Operated as UH-1H Bushranger in Vietnam.
On 15/03/71 the co-pilot, Pilot Officer Ronald William Betts was killed by one of some twenty hits the aircraft suffered in an action north of Xuyen Moc.
Pilot was Dave Freedman who survived.
To Amberley 09/11/71.
Collided with A2-915 28/07/72 in PNG.
To 3AD 28/08/72.
Written off 30/03/74.

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A2-384 UH-1B 62-4606 384 Order Z2008. Delivered 29/10/62.
Formerly 62-4606.
To BS Fairbairn 30/10/62 on completion of assembly.
Allocated to No 9 Squadron as a SAR aircraft, known to be there 02/10/64.
When No 9 Squadron was deployed to Vietnam in 1966, the aircraft at Fairbairn were incorporated into No 5 Squadron, with A2-384 transferred on 12/04/66.
Modifications carried out at Bankstown in 5-12/07/68,
The aircraft continued to serve with No 5 Squadron until 06/02/70.
To 2 FTS Pearce WA 06/02/70 to 01/05/70 when it returned to 5 Sqn.
To 2FTS Pearce 02/07/71.
To 5 Sqn 25/01/72.
In June 1985, after replacement of the UH-1B by the Squirrel helicopter in the training role, A2-384 was allotted to the RAAF Museum.
First Iroquois and last B model in service.
Currently on display at Point Cook.

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A2-385 UH-1B 62-4607 385 Order Z2008. Purchased at a cost of $259,873. Delivered 28/11/62.
Formerly 62-4607.
Flying Officer I.G.Gibson's ashes scattered from this aircraft 04/03/1964 while a flight of Sabres flew overhead.
Allocated to 5 Sqn Fairbairn 04/05/64.
Transported to Malaysia aboard HMAS Sydney, loaded 21/05/64 and departed Garden island just before Midnight on 24/05/64.
Flown from HMAS Sydney in Penang to Butterworth 17/06/64.
Served with 5 Sqn in Malaysia in support of the Anit-Terrorist campaign on the Malaysian/Thailand border 17/06/64-23/05/66.
To 5 Sqn Det "C" from 12/04/66, when 5 Sqn Butterworth was renamed 5Sqn Det "C".
To 5 Sqn 27/05/66.
To HDH for Mod 7 (Date unknown).
To 5 Sqn 27/05/69.
To 2OCU 27/08/69.
To 5 Sqn 22/10/69.
Crashed 27/01/70, Fairbairn ACT.
Converted to components 29/06/70.
Became Instructional Airframe 1.
Remains destroyed as Fire Training Aid Fairbairn. Written off 18/10/72.

Highlight for Album: Iroquois A2-385

A2-386 UH-1B 62-4608 386 Order Z2008. Delivered 08/01/63. Formerly 62-4608.
To 5 Sqn Fairbairn 04/05/64. Transported to Malaysia aboard HMAS Sydney,
Loaded 21/05/64 and departed Garden island just before Midnight on 24/05/64.
Flown from HMAS Sydney in Penang to Butterworth 17/06/64.
Served with 5 Sqn in Malaysia in support of the Anit-Terrorist campaign on the Malaysian/Thailand border 17/06/64-23/05/66.
To 5 Sqn Det "C" from 12/04/66, when 5 Sqn Butterworth was renamed 5Sqn Det "C".
To 5 Sqn 27/05/66.
To HDH Bankstown 30/07/68 for Mod 7 and returned to 5 Sqn 05/08/68.
Crashed 02/04/69, Captains Flat NSW.
Main rotor separated in mid-flight and crashed at Captain's Flat, NSW.
Crew; PLTOFF E. Collett, (Pilot) & FLGOFF I. McLean.
This was 2 months after the crash of A2-719 in similar circumstances.
Required to be held at Fairbairn for 1 year from 23/01/70 then disposal approved.

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A2-387 UH-1B 62-4609 387 Order Z2008. Delivered 08/01/63. Formerly 62-4609.
to 5 Sqn Fairbairn 04/05/64.
Transported to Malaysia aboard HMAS Sydney, loaded 21/05/64 and departed Garden island just before Midnight on 24/05/64.
Flown from HMAS Sydney in Penang to Butterworth 17/06/64.
Served with 5 Sqn in Malaysia in support of the Anit-Terrorist campaign on the Malaysian/Thailand border 17/06/64-23/05/66.
To 5 Sqn Det "C" from 12/04/66, when 5 Sqn Butterworth was renamed 5Sqn Det "C".
To 5 Sqn 27/05/66.
To HDH Bankstown 29/07/68 for Mod 7.
To 5 Sqn 12/08/68.
Crashed 12/11/68, Fairbairn ACT.
Written off 28/03/69.

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A2-388 UH-1B 62-4610 388 Order Z2008. Purchased at a cost of $259,873.
Delivered 09/11/62.
Formerly 62-4610.
To 9 Sqn 09/11/62.
To 5 Sqn 14/04/66.
To HDH Bankstown for Mod 7 19/06/68.
To 5 Sqn 08/07/68.
To 5 Sqn 30/06/69.
To 2FTS 07/01/70.
To 5 Sqn 15/07/70.
To BS Darwin 15/02/71.
To 5 Sqn 09/08/71.
To BS Darwin 08/12/71.
To 5 Sqn 06/06/72.
On 11/09/73 Flg Off Graham Christian (captain) with Flt Lt Mario Glajnaric (co-pilot) were ferrying A2-388 from Fairbairn to Amberley for Mirad Servicing at 3AD. Transiting from Williamtown to Amberley after having refuelled at Coffs Harbour
Flg Off Graham Christian carried out a forced landing onto the beach at Yamba after suffering a 42° Gearbox failure (ie a tail rotor failure). The aircraft was landed without damage and following a repair the next day was flown to Amberley.
To 5 Sqn 14/11/73.
To BS Williamtown 07/12/73.
To 5 Sqn 24/06/74.
To BS Pearce 10/01/75.
To 5 Sqn 10/07/75.
To 2FTS 27/01/76.
To 5 Sqn 09/07/76.
To BS Williamtown 30/11/76.
To 5 Sqn 06/78.
To 3AD 12/02/79.
To 5 Sqn 09/04/79.
Into Long term storage Wagga 03/07/84.
For disposal 18/12/85.
Sold in US as N234SJ '90.
Damaged in accident October 16, 2003 in Durham, CA.
The helicopter landed hard and rolled over during an autorotation following a loss of engine power. The pilot was demonstrating crop dusting turns and maneuvers for school children. He had completed several simulated passes over a field. He returned to the middle of a field, and turned into a light wind in preparation for landing. The helicopter lost power and entered an unexpectedly rapid descent. He was unable to prevent a hard landing and rollover.

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A2-389 UH-1B 62-4611 389 Order Z2008. Delivered 10/02/63. Formerly 62-4611.
To 9 Sqn 10/02/63.
To 5 Sqn 14/04/66.
To HDH Bankstown 03/11/67 for Mod 7, however kits for the modification were not available. To 5 Sqn 11/11/67 without modification being completed.
To HDH Bankstown 19/08/68 for Mod 7.
To 5 Sqn 26/08/68.
To 2OCU 13/11/69.
To 5 Sqn 02/06/70.
To 2FTS 21/03/71.
To 5 Sqn 02/07/71.
To BS Williamtown 17/11/71.
To 5 Sqn 14/12/71.
To BS Williamtown 19/07/73.
To 3AD 06/12/73 for Mirrad Servicing.
To 5 Sqn 05/04/74.
To BS Williamtown 25/06/74.
To BS Fairbairn 12/12/74.
To 2FTS 22/05/75.
To 5 Sqn 24/11/75.
To HQ Perth 28/07/76.
To 5 Sqn 30/11/76.
To 3AD 03/06/80.
To 5 Sqn 13/08/80.
To Williamtown 06/07/84.
To 5 Sqn 22/08/84.
To ARDU 04/09/84.
To Fairbairn for conversion to Training Airframe.
Reported as held at 5 Sqn 12/88 having donated its tail boom to A2-1020
A2-389 is painted up as A2-1018, and noted 14/03/2010 on display at the Australian War Memorial.

Highlight for Album: Iroquois A2-389

A2-390 UH-1B 62-4612 390 Order Z2008. Purchased at a cost of $259,873.
Delivered 10/02/63.
Formerly 62-4612.
To 9 Sqn 10/02/63.
To 5 Sqn 14/04/66.
Engine Failure 17/04/67 Edinburgh.
To 2AD 17/04/67 for Survey and Report.
To 5 Sqn 15/05/67.
To HDH Bankstown 12/07/68 for Mod 7.
To 5 Sqn 22/07/68.
To 2FTS19/12/68.
To 5 Sqn 15/04/69.
To Darwin 30/10/69.
To 5 Sqn 14/01/70.
To 2OCU 25/02/70.
To 5 Sqn 22/04/70.
To 2FTS 29/08/73.
To 5 Sqn 06/02/74.
To 2FTS 04/04/74.
To Pearce 08/11/74.
To 5 Sqn 22/05/75.
To 2FTS 06/08/75.
To 5 Sqn 27/01/76.
To 2FTS 13/07/76.
To 5 Sqn 02/03/77.
To ARDU 14/09/77.
To 5 Sqn 06/06/78.
To 3AD 29/04/81, Arrived 11/05/81.
To 5 Sqn 07/07/81.
To Wagga 03/07/84 and placed into storage.
For disposal 18/12/85.
Sold in US as N345SJ '90. Still Current with San Joaquin Helicopters.

Highlight for Album: Iroquois A2-390

A2-391 UH-1B 62-4613 391 Order Z2008. Delivered 10/02/63. Formerly 62-4613.
To 9 Sqn 10/02/63.
To 5 Sqn 29/04/64.
Transported to Malaysia aboard HMAS Sydney,
Loaded 21/05/64 and departed Garden island just before Midnight on 24/05/64.
Flown from HMAS Sydney in Penang to Butterworth 17/06/64.
Served with 5 Sqn in Malaysia in support of the Anit-Terrorist campaign on the Malaysian/Thailand border 17/06/64-23/05/66.
To 5 Sqn Det "C" from 12/04/66, when 5 Sqn Butterworth was renamed 5 Sqn Det "C".
To 5 Sqn 27/05/66.
To HDH Bankstown 02/08/68 for Mod 7.
To 5 Sqn 12/08/68.
To 2OCU 06/06/69.
To 5 Sqn 14/08/69.
To Darwin 14/01/70.
To 5 Sqn 12/08/70.
To HQ Williamtown 08/10/70.
To 5 Sqn 07/04/71.
To BS Williamtown 24/09/71.
To 5 Sqn 16/01/72.
To HQ Williamtown 06/06/72.
To 5 Sqn 09/11/72.
To Williamtown 26/07/73.
To 3AD 11/02/74 for Mirrad Servicing.
To 6 Sqn 21/06/74.
To 2FTS 10/07/74.
To 5 Sqn 11/02/75.
To 2FTS 24/05/76, Arrived 07/07/76.
To 5 Sqn 31/08/76, Arrived 06/09/76.
To 3AD 12/07/79 and back to 5 Sqn.
To RSTT Wagga 04/07/84 for long term storage.
For disposal 18/12/85.
Sold in US as N444SJ '90. Still Current with Jones Flying Services, California.

Highlight for Album: Iroquois A2-391

A2-455 UH-1H 70-15845 12455 Delivered 20/06/71.
Delivered direct to 9 Sqn Vietnam.
Transfered from the RAAF to the Army (171 Sqn) 24/08/90.
To 3AD 22/11/90.
To 171 Sqn 19/02/91.
To SAA (School of Army Aviation) 17/10/91.
To Oakey Logistic Battalion 10/03/92.
To 171 Sqn 12/06/92.
To Hunter Aviation for R3 Service 07/04/93.
To 171 Sqn 22/05/93.
To Hunter Aviation for R3 Service 14/06/95.
To SAA 09/08/95.
To 171 Sqn 13/09/96.
To SAA 13/06/97.
To Hunter Aviation at Archerfield for major service 11/12/97.
To SAA 24/02/98.
To Hunter Aviation for R3 Service 11/12/98.
To 171 Sqn 05/02/99.
To SAA 28/06/99.
To Hunter Aviation for R3 service 10/12/99.
To SAA 17/03/00.
To Hunter Aviation for R3 Service.
To SAA 03/09/01.
To Hunter Aviation for major service 26/09/01.
To SAA 12/11/01.
To Hunter Aviation for major service 18/02/03.
To 171 Sqn 31/03/03.
To SAA 08/07/03.
Still with SAA 13/08/03.
Retired and placed into storage.
Noted as training aid at RSTT Wagga 18/10/2009.

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A2-484 UH-1H 69-15484 11772 Note that the last 3 digits of the US serial number used for RAAF serial instead of last 3 of c/n due to clash of numbers.
Delivered 06/70.
Laverton Airshow 18/04/1971.
Served as part of the United Nations Emergency Force II  1976-79. Based in Ismailia, Egypt.
Flood Relief at Walgett, NSW 1983
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with ADFHS 05/11/1990.
Was in Service 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
Spotted still flying 09/2007.
Noted 3/12/2007 at ARDU Edinburgh SA.
Flew to Archerfield, Qld. 12/12/2007 where they were inhibited and placed in storage at Meeandah.
Delivered to Caboolture Warplane Museum, Qld. 12/08/2014

Iroquois A2-484
Sinai 1978
Photo Rod Ward

A2-485 UH-1H 69-15485 11773 Note that the last 3 digits of the US serial number used for RAAF serial instead of last 3 of c/n due to clash of numbers.
Delivered 06/70.
Photographed with flag below aircraft 27/03/1977, Laverton VIC.
Lead aircraft for the Iroquois demo flight during the 1977.
One of two aircraft on exercise 'First Light' at Woomera in 09/77.
Operated as UH-1H Bushranger.
Crashed approx 10-12 miles east of Queenbeyan NSW after flying into power lines on 17/11/77.
For a long time it was to be written off, however it was eventually rebuilt we believe by Hawker Dehavilland at Bankstown.
Crew; Peter Leslie (Pilot), Group Captain Peter Scully (Co-Pilot).
The aircraft had been on a low level nav ex when it flew into wires while doing a precautionary landing, control was lost and the aicraft crashed.
Served in the Sinai with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in 1982-1986.
The aircraft were lodged aboard HMAS Tobruk in Brisbane with some personnel on 16/02/82.
Australian Group know as ACMFO, Australian Contingent to Multinational Forces and Observers, based at El Gorah, Sinai.
485 was the last D/H model (5 Squadron) to be camouflaged, and as it was required on an exercise before it could be done, it had the white parts painted over in a matt grass green colour.
Served with ARDU.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
Retired and placed into storage.
Delivered to Merriden Military Museum, WA 8/09/2014 and placed on display.

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A2-486 UH-1H 69-15486 11774 Note that the last 3 digits of the US serial number used for RAAF serial instead of last 3 of c/n due to clash of numbers.
Delivered 06/70. Laverton Airshow 18/04/1971.
Served in the Sinai with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in 1982-1986.
The aircraft were lodged aboard HMAS Tobruk in Brisbane with some personnel on 16/02/82. Australian Group know as ACMFO, Australian Contingent to Multinational Forces and Observers, based at El Gorah, Sinai.
Crashed 25/10/86, Port Macquarie NSW.
Believed to be at Eagle Farm, Brisbane as from 08/00.
Was located at RAMS, RAEME Aircraft Maintenance School, at Oakey QLD.
Reported 07/2012 to be a burnt hulk after used for fire training.

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A2-487 UH-1H 69-15487 11775 Note that the last 3 digits of the US serial number used for RAAF serial instead of last 3 of c/n due to clash of numbers.
Delivered 06/70. Laverton Airshow 18/04/1971.
Served as part of the United Nations Emergency Force II  1976-79. Based in Ismailia, Egypt.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
Deployed to the Soloman Islands on operation Anode on the 05/08/2003 as a part of ANZAC SQN which consisted of 171 OP SPT SQN (4 x UH-1H), 3 SQN RNZAF (4 x UH-1H) and 35 SQN DET RAAF (3 x Caribou).
Served with Army Aviation Training Centre, retired by 12/2007.
Currently on display at the Australian Army Infantry Museum at Singleton NSW.

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A2-488 UH-1H 69-15488 11776 Note that the last 3 digits of the US serial number used for RAAF serial instead of last 3 of c/n due to clash of numbers.
Delivered 06/70.
Laverton Airshow 18/04/1971.
Served as part of the United Nations Emergency Force II  1976-79. Based in Ismailia, Egypt.
Served in the Sinai with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) 25/04/82 to 17/03/86.. The aircraft were lodged aboard HMAS Tobruk in Brisbane with some personnel on 16/02/82. Australian Group know as ACMFO, Australian Contingent to Multinational Forces and Observers, based at El Gorah, Sinai.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment. Regiment.
Retired and placed into storage.
08/2012 According to an article in the Townsville Northern Services Courier A2-488 is to replace the Neptune near the Duckworth St gate at RAAF Townsville.
It will be re-locatable for cyclone season rather than hard mounted apparently
Well the Neptune was replaced by another Neptune so any updated information about -488 would be most welcome.

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A2-489 UH-1H 69-15489 11777 Note that the last 3 digits of the US serial number used for RAAF serial instead of last 3 of c/n due to clash of numbers.
Delivered 06/70.
Laverton Airshow 18/04/1971.
Served as part of the United Nations Emergency Force II  1976-79. Based in Ismailia, Egypt.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
Participant of the final flight of the Iroquois in Army Service over Brisbane 21/09/2007.
Retired 21/09/2007.
04/2014 To Port Pirie, SA for display at local RSL

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A2-490 UH-1H 69-15490 11778 Note that the last 3 digits of the US serial number used for RAAF serial instead of last 3 of c/n due to clash of numbers.
Delivered 06/70.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90 Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
On display ADFA Open Day 2003.
Was in Service with School of Army Aviation.
Dismantled placed into long term storage at Wallangarra.
Was in storage at Damascus Barracks, Meeandah, Qld.
Prepared for display as gate guard at Holsworthy 08/2013

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A2-505

UH-1D
UH-1H

67-17307 9505 Delivered 02/68,
To 5 Sqn Canberra.
Upgraded to UH-1H.
In service with 5 Sqn Fairbairn 30/03/1971.
Laverton Airshow 18/04/1971.
Donated to PNGDF 08/89 with supply of spares for 2 years under project 'WIT KOKI'

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A2-506 UH-1D
UH-1H
67-17308 9506 Delivered 02/68, To 5 Sqn Canberra.
Upgraded to UH-1H.
Laverton Airshow 18/04/1971.
Donated to PNGDF 08/89 with supply of spares for 2 years under project 'WIT KOKI'

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A2-507 UH-1D
UH-1H
67-17309 9507 Delivered 02/68, To 5 Sqn Canberra.
Upgraded to UH-1H.
Laverton Airshow 18/04/1971.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
Several tours with Peace Monitoring Group, Bougainville, 04/98 to 07/01.
Painted overall red to distinguish from ex-RAAF Hueys flown by PNGDF.
Departed Bougainville 31/07/01 on board HMAS Kinimbla.
These three were the first Iroquois to be landed on Kinimbla since commissioning.
They were due back in Townsville 03/08/01.
This completes 3 and a half years for 171 Op Spt Sqn who flew a total of 8229.5 hours in Iroquois whilst deployed to Bougainville on Op Bel Isi.
Retired and placed into storage.
Located at the Loadmaster training establishment at Amberley

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A2-508 UH-1D
UH-1H
67-17310 9508 Delivered 02/68,
To 5 Sqn Canberra.
Upgraded to UH-1H.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
Deployed to the Soloman Islands on operation Anode on the 05/08/2003 as a part of ANZAC SQN which consisted of 171 OP SPT SQN (4 x UH-1H), 3 SQN RNZAF (4 x UH-1H) and 35 SQN DET RAAF (3 x Caribou).
This aircraft flew the first sortie of Op Anode.
Post 171 Op Spt Sqn / 1 Avn Regt, aircraft was reassigned during an AAvn reorg to A Sqn 5 Avn Regt from where it was later retired.
Currently on a plinth near the entrance to the Army Aviation Training Centre, Oakey.

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A2-509 UH-1D 67-17311 9509 Delivered 02/68,
To 5 Sqn Canberra.
Upgraded to UH-1H.
Donated to PNGDF 08/89 with supply of spares for 2 years under project 'WIT KOKI'

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A2-510 UH-1D 67-17312 9510 Delivered 02/68, To 5 Sqn Canberra.
Upgraded to UH-1H.
Donated to PNGDF 08/89 with supply of spares for 2 years under project 'WIT KOKI'

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A2-649 UH-1D 66-1166 5649 Delivered 09/05/67. Upgraded to UH-1H.
Was to be allocated A2-166 just like the error with A2-085, but it was never applied. Delivered to 9 Sqn Vietnam.
Served as part of the United Nations Emergency Force II  1976-79. Based in Ismailia, Egypt. Painted overall white
Served in the Sinai with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in 1982-1986.
The aircraft were lodged aboard HMAS Tobruk in Brisbane with some personnel on 16/02/82.
Australian Group know as ACMFO, Australian Contingent to Multinational Forces and Observers, based at El Gorah, Sinai.
Experimental geometric camouflage 1987
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
Several tours with Peace Monitoring Group, Bougainville, 04/98 to 19/07/01. Operation Bel Isi
Painted overall red to distinguish from ex-RAAF Iroquois flown by PNGDF.
Returned to standard camouflage scheme upon return to Australia
To Oakey for ongoing maintenance training.
03/2014 painted overall red as per Operation Bel Isi and returned to display.
On display Museum of Army Aviation

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A2-703 UH-1H 69-15415 11703 Delivered 27/07/70 to 9 Sqn Vietnam.
Operated as UH-1H Bushranger in Vietnam.
Avalon Airshow 2001.
In Service 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment 2001.
Avalon 2003.
In Service 5th Aviation Regiment 2003.
Was in Service with Army Aviation Training Centre, retired 21/09/2007.
Participant in flight of 3 of final Army Iroquois Flight 21/09/2007.
Noted at Tyabb 03/2012 being repaired due to an incident on the road while being transported to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook.
Believed to have be repaired and currently in store at Point Cook

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A2-714 UH-1B 63-9784 714 Order Z2049. Departed US by Ship 24/10/63. Delivered 06/12/63.
To 9 Sqn 13/12/63.
To 5 Sqn 14/04/66.
To DH Bankstown 12/07/66, Test of Transmission and Gearbox.
To 5 Sqn 08/08/66.
Alloted 2OCU 19/07/68, arrived 26/07/68.
Crashed 04/09/68 into water at night at Tillegherry Creek near Williamtown NSW.
Converted to components 27/05/69.
A2-715 UH-1B 63-9785 715 Order Z2049. Purchased at a cost of $259,873.
Departed US by Ship 24/10/63.
Delivered 09/12/63 to Fairbairn.
To 9 Sqn 15/01/64.
To 5 Sqn 14/04/66.
To 2OCU 26/07/67.
To 5 Sqn 05/09/67.
Alloted Darwin 03/07/68, Arrived 18/07/68.
Alloted 5 Sqn 03/10/68, Arrived 27/09/68.
To Darwin 19/06/69.
To 5 Sqn 06/10/69.
To 2FTS 13/11/69.
To 5 Sqn 25/02/70. To 2FTS 18/05/70.
Cat 5 Damage 30/11/70, Pearce Bombing Range WA.
Written off 29/10/71.

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A2-716 UH-1B 63-9786 716 Order Z2049. Purchased at a cost of $259,873. Departed US by Ship 24/10/63.
Delivered 09/12/63 to Base Sqn Fairbairn.
To 9 Sqn 15/01/64.
To 5 Sqn 14/04/66.
To 2OCU 04/07/67.
Alloted 5 Sqn 19/10/67, arrived 31/10/67.
To 5 Sqn 01/12/67.
Alloted 2OCU 09/04/68, arrived 04/04/68.
Alloted 5 Sqn 19/07/68, arrived 26/07/68.
To 2FTS 11/05/69.
To 5 Sqn 03/09/69.
To 2OCU 06/11/69.
To 5 Sqn 07/01/70.
To 2FTS 08/12/70.
To 5 Sqn 26/04/71.
To 2FTS 12/05/72.
To 5 Sqn 29/08/73.
To 3AD 15/10/73 for Mirrad Servicing.
To 5 Sqn 13/12/73.
To Williamtown 15/02/74.
On 26/05/74 the bulk iron ore carrier 'Sygma' was blown ashore on Stockton Bight, north of Newcastle NSW, during a severe storm. It was broken in two by the pounding seas and the crew were unable to use the lifeboats to get to shore.
The crew of sygma were rescued by Iroquois A2-716, flown by Flt Lt G. McFarlane and crew. To 5 Sqn 06/08/74.
To Darwin 09/01/75.
To 5 Sqn 12/06/75.
To Darwin 03/12/75.
Held 5 Sqn 05/09/77.
To 3AD 01/11/79.
To 5 Sqn 23/11/79.
To 2FTS 11/05/84. To BS Wagga 18/12/85.
For Disposal 18/12/85.
Sold in USA as N123SJ '90.
Destroyed at Mexico International Airport 04/04/99 when it collided with another shut down UH-1B (not ex-RAAF) during landing.
Had been contracted for fire fighting.
No fatalities and the wreckage was burnt out.

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A2-717 UH-1B 63-9787 717 Delivered 09/01/64.
Damaged 22/03/71, Fairbairn ACT.

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A2-718 UH-1B 63-9788 718 Delivered 03/01/64.
Crashed 23/03/72, Fairbairn ACT.
A2-719 UH-1B 63-9789 719 Delivered 03/01/64.
Served with 5 Sqn.
Crashed 29/01/69, Fairbairn ACT.
Main rotor separated in mid-flight during simulated IF training and crashed at Mt Molongo, 20nm East of Canberra, ACT.
Crew; FLGOFF R. Enders & FLTLT W A (Bill) Waterhouse (RNZAF).
Flt LT Waterhouse was New Zealand's only Maori helicopter pilot at that time and was on a training exercise prior to going to Vung Tao Vietnam and was the Co-pilot for this flight.
A2-386 crashed 2 months later in similar circumstances.
A2-720 UH-1B 63-9790 720 Delivered 10/03/64. Storage 05/84,
Sold in US as N456SJ '90.

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A2-721 UH-1B 63-9791 721 Delivered 10/03/64.
Damaged beyond repair 25/12/74, Cyclone Tracey in Darwin.

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A2-723 UH-1H 69-15435 11723 Delivered 27/07/70 to 9 Sqn Vietnam.
Shot down by enemy fire 07/06/71 Vietnam.

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A2-766 UH-1H 67-17568 9766 We Believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Delivered 04/07/68 to direct 9 Sqn Vietnam.
Operated as UH-1H Bushranger in Vietnam.
Total hours flown in Vietnam by this aircraft were 3026.2.
Aircraft returned to Australia aboard HMAS Sydney Nov 1971.
Engine Failure Lake Manchester QLD on 18/02/74.
April 1974 the total flight hours were 4005.
To 3AD for Mirrad servicing 21/11/74.
To 9 Sqn 13/05/75.
Aircraft deployed to Townsville 17/05/75.
Aircraft deployed to Cooktown 16/08/75.
Aircraft deployed to Darwin 01/09/75.
To Bell Helicopters at Eagle Farm for repair 31/07/78.
To 9 Sqn 17/08/78. 27/06/79 total flight hours 5748.1.
21/01/82 to 3AD, total flight hours now 6697.3.
Served with ARDU.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90 Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment. Retired and placed into storage.
Current at Orchard Hills being used as a training aid for armourers. It is set up as a gunship.

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A2-767 UH-1H 67-17569 9767 We Believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Delivered 05/07/68 to 9 Sqn Vietnam.
Destroyed 17/04/71, Phuoc Tuy. Vietnam.
During Operation Dong Khoi III, on 17/04/71, A2-767 was carrying out a DUSTOFF mission in the Long Hai Hills, Phuoc Tuy Province. At about 4:20 p.m. the crew were in the process of winching a wounded ARVN  up into the hovering helicopter when it was shot down, catching on fire and crashing onto it's starboard side.
Lance Corporal John Francis Gillespie, Corporal Thomas Douglas Blackhurst and a US officer Captain Albertson were killed.
Australian War Memorial report on this incident

There is an Iroquois displayed at Woolgoola, NSW RSL near Coffs Harbour
This is UH-1C 72-21631 donated by the US
It is marked as A2-767 on the port side.
The starboard side retains its US markings.

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There is another Iroquois displayed at the Dandenong, Vic. RSL 
This
is ex-US UH-1V 73-21763
It is
marked as A2-767 on starboard side.
The port side retains its US markings as 73-21763.

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A2-768 UH-1H 67-17570 9768 We believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Delivered 11/07/68 to 9 Sqn Vietnam.
On the 14/06/70, A2-768 had arrived at Nui Dat after suffering 18 7.62 multiple round hits from ground fire causing damage to the flying controls, fuel tank and electrical wiring. It was decided to airlift this aircraft out by US Army Chinook.
The image below is of A2-768 being delivered back to Vung Tau later that day.
The aircraft was summarised as suffering Cat 2 damage and was repaired at Vung Tau over a period of five days.
On 03/07/70 using call sign "Albatross 01" was returning to Nui Dat after an equipment delivery  At 0848 A2-768 crashed into a paddy field outside the village of Ap Ngia Giao (near Binh Gia)
The crew were Flt C.R.Ellis, FO R.P.Marman, LAC D.G.McNair and AC W.D.Scheer.
-768 initially struck a mound near the edge of a paddy field, tore off the starboard skid and a section of floor taking the electric fuel booster pump with it. The helicopter caught fire, bounced over some banana trees and crashed into a rubber plantation where it came to rest on its left side. It was consumed by fire and destroyed.
First aircraft on the scene was "Bushranger 71" who rendered assistance.
All crewmen suffered varying degrees of burns and were flown by "Albatross 02" to 1st Australian Field Hospital at Vung Tau
LAC McNair later died in an American hospital in Saigon on 20/07/70

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A2-769 UH-1H 67-17571 9769 We Believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Delivered 04/07/68 to 9 Sqn Vietnam.
Crashed 26/10/69, Vietnam.
Destroyed by SAS demolition team.
A2-770 UH-1H 67-17572 9770 We Believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Delivered 05/07/68 to 9 Sqn Vietnam.
07/10/70 Flg Off Dave Ozanne (captain)
and Plt Off Graham Christian (co-pilot) were flying from Long Son Island to Nui Dat in Phouc Tuy Province as “Albatross 05” when the aircraft suffered an engine failure (compressor catastrophic failure) – Dave Ozanne auto-rotated into mangroves and no one injured; aircraft recovered by CH-47 and returned to Vung Tau where it was repaired and back on line two days later.
25/11/78 crashed El Alamein Camp SA.
Crew; WGCDR Peter Mahood, PLTOFF Paul Mason, SGT Steve Milsted, SGT Paul Gallagher and LAC Barry Johns of 9 Squadron were all killed.
A2-771 UH-1H 67-17573 9771 We Believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Delivered 05/07/68 to 9 Sqn Vietnam.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90
Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
Involved in relief operations in Indonesia after the tsunami in 2004.
Served with Army Aviation Training Centre, retired by 12/2007.
Delivered to RAAF Amberley Heritage Centre 10/2010
On display repainted in RAAF Vietnam era colours.

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A2-772 UH-1H 67-17574 9772 We Believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery.
Delivered 04/07/68 to 9 Sqn Vietnam.
Operated as UH-1H Bushranger in Vietnam.
Forced to land after small arms fire damage drained the transmission oil in Vietnam (date unknown).
Crashed 11/06/73, Rabaul PNG.
A2-773 UH-1H 67-17575 9773 We Believe this was built as a D model but modified to a H model prior to delivery. Delivered 04/07/68 to 9 Sqn Vietnam.
A2-773 was used to validate the Bushranger gunship concept before 3 others were also converted.
Transferred to Army Aviation 12/89-01/90 Served with 171 Sqn - 1st Aviation Regiment.
Transported by Hercules to Christmas Island 28/08/01-08/09/01 to assist with refugee problem.
Retired and placed into storage.
A2-773 is now at the war memorial annex in Mitchell, ACT and set to be restored to Vietnam configuration for eventual display. Curator John White said they had sought this helo for some time because of its significant provenance, including 2 RAAF pilots receiving gallantry awards.

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A2-915 UH-1H 70-15915 12487 Note that the last 3 digits of the US serial number used for RAAF serial instead of last 3 of c/n due to clash of numbers
Delivered 27/07/70 to 9 Sqn Vietnam. Collided with A2-383 28/07/72 in PNG.
Served in the Sinai with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) 25/04/82 to 17/03/86.
The aircraft were lodged aboard HMAS Tobruk in Brisbane with some personnel on 16/02/82. Australian Group know as ACMFO, Australian Contingent to Multinational Forces and Observers, based at El Gorah, Sinai.
Was with with 5 Aviation. On Display Caboolture Airshow 2001.
Was in Service, 1 Avn Regiment.
Retired 08/2007, flown to Archerfield and placed into storage.
Noted as training aid at RSTT Wagga 18/10/2009.

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A2-1018 UH-1B 63-13586 1018 Delivered 09/10/64.
Crashed 18/10/66, Nui Dat Vietnam.
A2-389 is painted up as A2-1018 and is on display at the Australian War Memorial.

Iroquois UH-1B A2-389
"A2-1018"
Australian War Memorial
06 May 2009
Brenden Scott

A2-1019 UH-1B 63-13587 1019 Delivered 09/10/64.
Issued to 9 Squadron (Sqn) at RAAF Fairbairn, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), in October 1964.
In 05/66 the aircraft was flown from Fairbairn to RAAF Richmond, New South Wales and then transported via troopship HMAS Sydney to Vung Tau, Vietnam, arriving on 6/06/66.
 It was used by 9 Squadron in operational duties and completed 489 operational missions (and a far larger number of sorties or flights) including medical evacuations, troop transport, liaison and other duties.
While on operations on 13 April 1967 the aircraft crash landed following an engine failure and was airlifted by a United States Army Chinook helicopter to Vung Tau.
On 22/09/67 the aircraft returned to operations following extensive repairs which included the replacement of the tailboom.
It returned to Australia in October 1968 and was issued to 5 Squadron at RAAF Fairbairn.
From 1975-1979 the aircraft was used at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, and later issued to No 2 Flying Training School at RAAF Pearce, Western Australia (WA), where it was used in Search & Rescue Operations.
On 21/05/85 it was flown by Wing Commander Mick Haxell DFC to the Australian War Memorial and presented to the Memorial by Air Marshal Evans AC DSO AFC.
This aircraft was stored at Fairbairn from 21 May 1985 until 18/05/88 when it was transported to AWM Mitchell store.
Was on display in the AWM's Anzac Hall.
On display in the Vietnam Gallery of the AWM.

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A2-1020 UH-1B 63-13588 1020 Delivered 12/12/64.
Allocated to No 9 Squadron at RAAF Base Fairbairn in Canberra.
With the departure of No 9 Squadron to Vietnam, the aircraft was briefly transferred to No 5 Squadron, also based at Fairbairn, before re-joining No 9 Squadron at Vung Tau in mid-1966.
On 18/08/66, A2-1020 was involved in the most significant Australian action of the Vietnam War. After a heavy mortar attack on the Australian Task Force Base at Nui Dat on 17-18 August, Army elements, including D Company of the 6th Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR) were tasked with sweeping the surrounding area to locate this strong enemy force. Heading east towards the small derelict village of Long Tan just 4000 metres from the base, a small group of Viet Cong troops was pursued into the rubber plantation adjacent to the village. Soon after entering the plantation, 11 Platoon of D Company encountered heavy machine gun fire, taking up a defensive position and suffering heavy casualties. Soon over 2500 enemy troops had enveloped the 108 soldiers of D Company, and the Australians faced being over-run if they could be isolated overnight. Initial contacts were so fierce that the unit was critically low on ammunition, and only helicopters could effect a resupply. Two helicopters of No 9 Squadron (A2-1020 and A2-1022) were assigned to the task, and loaded 520 kg of ammunition at Nui Dat. Due to a severe tropical storm in the area, the two aircraft were forced to fly at treetop height over hundreds of enemy troops to locate the Australian position. After a smoke signal from the ground, the two aircraft were able to drop the ammunition right on target, enabling the force to defend their position. After the resupply, artillery barrages and an armoured vehicle convoy forced the enemy force to retreat from the battlefield, suffering 245 killed and hundreds more wounded, while the Australian force lost 18 killed and 21 wounded. Crew Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) Frank Riley, Flight Lieutenant (Co-pilot) Bob Grandin, Leading Aircraftmen (LAC) 'Blue' Collins, Leading Aircraftmen (LAC) George Stirling. The Regimental Sergeant Major of 6RAR, Warrant Officer George Chinn, helped organise the loading from the Army side and then climbed on board when the helicopters took off at 1800 hours. (not clear on which of the two aircraft WO Chinn was riding)
With the re-equipment of No 9 Squadron with the more capable UH-1D model, A2-1020 returned to Australia in April 1968, for service with No 5 Squadron in the training role. Between 1970 and 1983, the aircraft was regularly rotated around units at RAAF Williamtown, NSW, RAAF Pearce in Western Australia, and RAAF Darwin in the Northern Territory in the search and rescue role, as well as returning to No 5 Squadron as a training aircraft.
With the introduction of the Squirrel helicopter in 1984, the UH-1B aircraft were finally retired, and in June of that year, A2-1020 was allotted to the RAAF School of Radio at Laverton as a training aid, along with a number of other UH-1Bs.
After the closure of the school in 1993, the aircraft, along with A2-1022 and A2-1024, was transferred to the RAAF Museum.
In 2000, No 21 (City of Melbourne) Squadron began the restoration of the aircraft to its Vietnam War configuration, and the aircraft was relocated to Point Cook for display in 2002.
It has been restored as closely as possible to its configuration when involved in the battle of Long Tan.
Currently on display RAAF Museum, Point Cook

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A tailboom previously fitted to -1020 is at RAAF Heritage Centre, Townsville

A2-1021 UH-1B 63-13589 1021 Delivered 12/12/64.
Served with 9 Squadron in Vietnam
Sold in US as N888SJ '90.
Destroyed whilst spraying tomato crops in Herron California 10/06/97.
Suffered partial power loss, during heavy landing main rotor severed tail boom.
No fatalities and the wreckage was burnt out.

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A2-1022 UH-1B 63-13590 1022 Delivered 12/12/64.
18/08/66, A2-1022 was involved in the resupply of Long Tan.Crew; Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) Cliff Dohle, Flight Lieutenant (Co-pilot) Bruce Lane , Corporal W.R. Harrington, Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Hill (For details see A2-1020 above.)
crashed at Vung Tau following engine failure shortly after take-off 11/05/67.
Repaired on site including replacing tailboom.
It had a destructive engine failure over Hornsby and crash landed onto a football oval in the late 70's possibly 1977. Pilot was F/L Kevin Barrington and they were carrying VIP pax at the time. There were no injuries and 2AD at Richmond eventually rebuilt the airframe.
Crashed again 29/05/84 in WA.
Training Aid, Laverton VIC 19/08/94. It was rebuilt, using parts from many sources and it was gifted by the RAAF and displayed at Nyngan, NSW in recognition of the RAAF's work in support of the community during the Nyngan Floods.
In 05/2011 it was transported by road to Caloundra for restoration at the Queensland Air Museum on behalf of the local RSL.
Lifted onto display pole on 12/03/2012. Dedicated in a ceremony on 16/03/2012.
Currently on display at Caloundra RSL

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Nyngan has received a replacement Iroquois marked as A2-022, see above

A2-1023 UH-1B 63-13591 1023 Delivered 12/12/64.
This aircraft and crew rescued 5 people at Wattamolla Rocks on 20/06/80.
Rescued were David, John and Jack Gayton, Jill Gauntlett and a fifth unknown person. Crew; Sub Lieut Max Herriman (Pilot), Cpl Kym Manuel (Crewman), Shaun O'Sullivan (Rescue Crewman). Channel Seven and Ten both filmed the rescue live from their helicopters hovering nearby.
On 19/08/81 at Williamtown NSW. -1023 was on a test flight because several days earlier it had pitched violently forward during a normal sortie. It crashed due to tail rotor drive failure. One of the tail rotor pitch control cables fouled the tail rotor drive shaft due to quadrant keeper pins that were not fitted. This caused the failure of the tail rotor drive then the main rotor blades separated. The main body of the aircraft fell inverted into a swamp.
Crew killed; SQNLDR Derek John Knights (O317786) Pilot, FLTLT Adrian Bryant (Co-Pilot) and SGT Brian Wilson.

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A2-1024 UH-1B 63-13592 1024 Delivered 08/01/65.
Crashed 06/06/67 South Vietnam.
Returned to Australia for repair in 10/68.
Repair commenced at 2AD 6/70 and completed 3/71.
Aircraft returned to 5SQN and was test flown 5/71.
It eventually made its way to the RAAF School of Radio at Laverton as a training aid, along with a number of other UH-1Bs.
After the closure of the school in 1993, the aircraft, along with A2-1022 and A2-1024, was transferred to the RAAF Museum.
Currently on display at SAS Museum, Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne WA.

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A2-1025 UH-1B 63-13593 1025 Delivered 08/01/65.
Served in Vietnam with 9 Sqn 1968.
9 Sqn Gunship, commonly known as 'Ned Kelly'.
This aircraft was the first RAAF helicopter to be fitted with a trial armament system which was fitted to each side of the helicopter. The armament system included an XM 157 airborne rocket pod containing seven 2.75 inch Folding Fin Aircraft Rockets, twin side mounted M60 C machine guns (mini-guns) which were capable of firing 6000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and twin door-mounted M60 machine guns which fired 400 rounds of ammunition.
Sold in US as N999SJ '90.

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N9-RAN Iroquois

 
     
 
Aircraft Serial Type. US Serial Const No. Aircraft History
N9-881 UH-1B 63-12953 881 Delivered 05/64. RAN Code:856/896.
Served with 723 Sqn RAN.
Crashed 05/06/68.Fatal.
 Coded as 896 had just delivered an Officer to the Bombardment Range at Beecroft Head NSW, when it crashed into the sea killing the crew of Leut(P) P.C Ward RAN, POACMN D.J Sanderson & SAR diver NAMAE R.K Smith.

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N9-882 UH-1B 63-12954 882 Delivered 05/64. RAN Code:857/897.
Served with 723 Sqn RAN.
Withdrawn 31/05/89.
Training Aid HMAS Nirimba.
Now at RAN Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra NSW.

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N9-883 UH-1B 63-12955 883 Delivered 05/64. RAN Code:858/898.
Served with 723 Sqn RAN.
Crashed 11/11/64. Near Jervis Bay NSW.
Flown by Leut(P) G.O'Day RAN and a pupil.
Crashed among trees near Jervis Bay Airfield when pilot was demonstrating a forced landing.
Pilot seriously injured but recovered.
Aircraft written off.
N9-3101 UH-1B 64-17621 3101 Delivered 1965. RAN Code:853/893.
Served with 723 Sqn RAN.
Withdrawn 31/05/89. 
893 is currently under restoration and looking good at the RANHF. Registration VH-NVR
Their
intention is to fly her for a while in original Navy colours and then repaint her as a 135th Gunship Vietnam era to display for all the Vietnam Veterans that are still around

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N9-3102 UH-1B 64-17622 3102 Delivered 1965. RAN Code:854/894.
Served with 723 Sqn RAN.
Ditched in Jervis Bay 25/11/1970 when flown by S/LEUT (P) Andrews RAN after suffering engine trouble.
Crew of five rescued and aircraft later recovered.
Withdrawn 31/10/88.
In December 1995 placed on a pole in the car park of the Heathcote Inn Hotel, Heathcote NSW.
Later when the pub changed hands it was withdrawn and returned to the Museum.
In 09/98 it was placed on a pole on the south side of the Nowra bridge over the Shoalhaven River.
In 2002 the RAN withdrew the helicopter for refurbishment at Nowra.
In 2003 it was returned up a new and higher pole in Nowra.
In 07/2013 it was taken down for another refurbishment returning to the pole in 09/2013
It was remounted facing in the opposite direction now facing North.

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N9-3103 UH-1B 64-17623 3103 Delivered 1965. RAN Code:855/895 Served with 723 Sqn RAN.
Crashed 26/03/81,on airfield at RANAS Nowra NSW,whilst on a training exercise.
Both pupil and instructor uninjured but helo written off.
Converted to components.
One half of aircraft in Vietnam display at FAA Museum Nowra NSW.

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N9-3104 UH-1B 65-12846 3104 Delivered 1965. RAN Code:898.
Served with 723 Sqn RAN.
On the 29 March 1971 with LEUT Nelson(P)& LEUT Mayfield(P)RAN.
Engine flamed out whilst the crew were practising forced landings.
Aircraft crashed in a gully South of the HMAS Albatross airfield and was burnt out, with crew suffering only minor injuries.
The aircraft was repaired and placed back into service.
Withdrawn 31/05/89.
Registered VH-NVV and currently flies with the RAN Historic Flight.

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N/A UH-1H 66-16290 5984 This was one of many US Army helicopters flown by members of the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RANHFV) as part of the US Army’s 135th Assault Helicopter Company . This combined US/Australian unit was designated an Experimental Military Unit (EMU) and naturally the nickname ''Emus'' stuck. It operated in Vietnam between 11/67 and 06/71.
Retired to AMARC arriving on 03/10/95 (AMARC code AHXA0532)
It was recovered from the Boneyard and donated by the US Army to the RAN Fleet Air Arm Museum arriving at Nowra in 2004, airlifted by RAAF 36 Squadron.
It is currently on display at the FAA Museum, Nowra

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MFO Iroquois

 
     
 
Aircraft Serial Type US Serial Const No. Aircraft History
66-0809 UH-1D
UH-1H
66-0809 5292 Built as a UH-1D.
By 1982 it had been modified to a UH-1H.
US Army aircraft, leased by New Zealand.
Served in the Sinai with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) 25/04/82 to 17/03/86.
Australian Group known as ACMFO, Australian Contingent to Multinational Forces and Observers, based at El Gorah, Sinai.
Some if not all Australia pilot would have flown this aircraft.
Noted on dump NAS Corpus Christi Texas 01/03/04.

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66-16450 UH-1D
UH-1H
66-16450 8644 Built as a UH-1D.
By 1982 it had been modified to a UH-1H.
US Army aircraft, leased by New Zealand.
Served in the Sinai with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in 1982-1986.
Australian Group known as ACMFO, Australian Contingent to Multinational Forces and Observers, based at El Gorah, Sinai.
Some if not all Australia pilot would have flown this aircraft.
Became N81463 then PNP-110 of Peruvian Police.
Crashed 20/06/92.

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The Aladdin's cave of Hueys that were stored at Damascus Barracks, Qld
     
     
     

The Author of this page was Darren Crick. Currently managed and updated by Martin Edwards

Source: Australian Aviation Magazine. Book: Target Charlie, US NTSB Reports, AMOF, 9 Sqn CO's report Feb 1970, Aircraft Status Cards, 5 Sqn and 9 Sqn Record/History Cards. Iroquois Court of Inquiry Records.'The RAAF at Long Tan by Dr Chris Clark'

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