Cryptologic History Calendar

1971: Loss of Army UH-1 & its crew.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

1971: Loss of Army UH-1 & its crew.

Description: On March 1, 1971, a U.S. Army UH-1 Huey (LEFT BANK) helicopter was shot down near Dambe, Cambodia. All aboard the helicopter were killed. The mission crew, SP5 Gary David and SP4 Frank Sablan, both Radio Intercept Operators, were assigned to the 371st Radio Research Company. The flight crew, WO1 Paul Black and WO1 Robert Uhl, were from the 1st Cavalry Division. The 371st RRC's mission was to provide combat information to the division commander in pursuit of his war-fighting mission. They intercepted enemy radio transmissions and fixed the transmission location through triangulation. This was then reported to the division for combat action. The UH-1 was configured with radio direction finding equipment and was unarmed when it was shot down. (Photo from Army.mil)