Brooks, Donald Ray, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
Service Years
1954 - 1968
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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1931
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Decatur
Last Address
Phan Rang AB

Casualty Date
Oct 10, 1968
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Ninh Thuan (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Resthaven Cemetery - Decatur, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
41W 038

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 Unit Assignments
38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron7th Air Force3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
  1968-1968, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1968-1968, 7th Air Force
  1968-1968, 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1973 Vietnam War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)  
  1968-1968, HH-43 Huskie (Pedro)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

A B-57 aircraft had declared an in-flight emergency and Pedro 44 was scrambled with the fire suppression kit (FSK) to standby for the emergency landing. During the landing roll out of the B-57, Pedro 44 entered a left hand climbing turn as if departing the area for return to the alert pad. Almost simultaneously, and without any radio transmission, the helicopter crashed and burned inflicting fatal injuries to all five aircrew members. Firefighting equipment and medical assistance, already on hand for the B-57 emergency, responded immediately to the scene, extinguishing the fire within 15 seconds and immediately removed the crewmembers from the aircraft. (

TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE ACCIDENT REPORT DATED 18 OCTOBER 1968 BY LT. COL. ROBERT M. FOSTER)

The primary cause of this major aircraft accident was material failure of the azimuth bar to "L" crank rod. This caused an in-flight disintegration of the rotor system and loss of aircraft control.

Aircrew lost in the incident:
MAJ Donald Ray Brooks (pilot)
CPT Von Miles Liebernecht (co-pilot)
TSG Angel Luna (medic)
TSG Emmett Somers Orr
SSG Milard Luther Bledsoe Source:

 
   
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