Records show that the 7 men below died when the UH-1D helicopter, tail number 65-12885, piloted by Warrant
Officer James T Pace, was hit by a B-40 rocket while on a military mission. The "Huey" crashed and burned 13 Kilometers South, South East
of LONG MY heliport.
Further reports from unit members show that the ship call sign was Lucky Strike. Its mission was night recon, airfield defense, and outpost support.
The ship was outfitted with a search light cluster and a 50 caliber machine gun on the Pilot's side, with two additional crew members on the left
side with M-60 machine guns. The crew was well seasoned, having been in many fire fights, and had very impressive results in stemming enemy night
activity around Soc Trang.
The night of the crash, Lucky Strike was on patrol, being supported by a chase ship that flew above them; they
reported that at the time of the incident, Lucky Strike was on the deck, light on, when the crew noticed a person running and they flew in to the area
to investigate. When they were near the area where the person was seen, the ship was hit by what was thought to be B40 rockets. The ship exploded
and crashed immediately; with no further communication.The chase ship contacted the Soc Trang duty officer Guardian Angel and 336th Operations.
Call sign, Warrior 6 (336th's Company Commander) along with a heavy fire team (3 T-Bird gun ships) were scrambled, and responded to the crash site.
All 336 helicopters were put on stand by for possible troop insertion. While in the crash area investigating, one of the gun ships took fire and
crashed, killing the door gunner. The three remaining crew members were picked up.
It was obvious to all that were there that the area had been
setup as an ambush site, within a U shaped tree line. Warrior 6, knowing there was no hope for the crew of Lucky Strike, ordered all aircraft from
the area, fearing more loss. They recovered the men's bodies the next morning. Read more information about the events on Helicopter UH-1D 65-12885 on
the night of 27 February 1970 at The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) here.
Those lost in the flight of the Lucky Strike and follow on search ship were: