Douglas Mead Woodland

Specialist Five
Army of the United States
06 September 1951 - 26 September 1970
Scottsdale, AZ
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Silver Star

Army Aircrew

DFC, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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The Mission

On 26 September C Company, 229th Aviation Battalion, launched five UH-1 helicopters on a formation flight from Bien Hoa to Fire Support Base Green. The aircraft formed up in a "V" formation and climbed through an overcast to visual flight conditions on top at 4,000 feet ASL. While enroute, the flight leader (WO Bauer in UH-1H 68-16123) directed a spread formation for the purpose of conducting aircraft checks. UH-1H 68-15648 was in left echelon on the flight lead. During the checks, 68-15648 accelerated forward and drifted right, impacting the lead aircraft's tail boom. Both aircraft departed controlled flight and disappeared into the clouds, impacting the ground about 250 meters apart. All eight crewmen died in the crash:
  • Aboard UH-1H tail number 68-16123:
    • WO1 Robert Ernest Bauer, aircraft commander and flight lead
    • 1LT Warren Stephen Lawson, copilot
    • SP5 Douglas Mead Woodland, crew chief
    • SP4 Robert Albert Painter, Jr., gunner

  • Aboard UH-1H tail number 68-15648:
    • WO1 Mark Richard Holtom, aircraft commander
    • CPT Francis Jordan Sullivan, copilot
    • SGT Donald Allen Hall, Jr., crew chief
    • SP4 Ernest Hammond Laidler, gunner

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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