[Helobubbas] HS-7 - January 1, 1973 USS Saratoga
sandyclark at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 27 11:13:12 PDT 2019
I remember that incident well. HS-2 Det 1 on Enterprise was on Yankee Station at the same time as Sara. We felt bad for Jim and HS-7. There were 4 carriers on Yankee station - all engaged in Operation Linebacker II - otherwise known as the "Christmas Bombing" that finally brought the war to a halt. Except for Christmas day when only the helicopters and F-4s/CAP flew, Carriers bombed around the clock for several weeks, with Enterprise and Saratoga doing all the night ops. Wx that whole period was generally crappy … 300 - 400 feet overcast and rain. (Translation: blacker than the inside of a cow - for night flyers). B-52s were plastering Hanoi and Haiphong every night with heavy Navy support/nighttime alpha strikes. Several aircraft were lost - mostly to Combat. It was both exhilarating and challenging flying, punctuated with sadness for the crews and hope for the POWs .
It wasn’t all bad news for HS-7. They rescued CAG 14 Ops officer who was was forced to bingo to Danang after his A-7 made a hard landing…I happened to be in the Tower that night and watched it unfold. The A-7 eventually lost oil pressure and he ejected 100 miles from the beach and the Dusty Dogs picked him up. Did a great job of just finding him in the rough seas...No tape on his helmet, no strobe, just his PRC 63.
Tom Phillips could probably give you all the gory details...
> On Oct 27, 2019, at 11:55 AM, Randall <abshierr at cox.net> wrote:
> Bob Dunn might have been in HS-7 at this time.
> Sent from my iPad
> On Oct 27, 2019, at 08:19, Michael G. Brattland <mgbrattland at gerlecreek.com <mailto:mgbrattland at gerlecreek.com>> wrote:
>> Anyone in HS-7 then and remember this? Mgb
>> Attached is a page from the USS Saratoga deck log. HS-7 ditched a helo 1-1-1973
>> Ron Milam (Lil Ron) HC-7 Historian
>> HC-7 ADJ-3.8 Det 108 & 113 Jan '69 to June '70
>> I am NO hero, But I have walked beside MANY
>> IF IT ISN'T WRITTEN DOWN, IT IS FORGOTTEN
>> <HS-7-CRASH-Pages from Saratoga-CV-60-1973-01.pdf>
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