Daniel Edward Bishop
Sketch by Cliff Wheeler
Warrant Officer Aviator
145th Airlift Platoon - 281st AHC
Date of Birth: March 8, 1948
From Newcastle, California
Killed in Action on April 19, 1965
Shot down in Helicopter UH-1B 63-08632
in South Vietnam
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WO Daniel Edward Bishop was KIA when the helicopter he was piloting,
UH-1B Gunship 63-08632, (Miss Oklahoma), was engaged by a hostile NVA force.
His aircraft was struck by ground fire. SP-5 Mills, the doorgunner, SP4 Olivar,
the crew chief, and SP5 Charles F. Millay were also onboard. The crew was providing close
air support for a combat assault mission north of Qui Nhon at LZ Alpha. The
145th was assigned to the 52nd AVN BN at the time of their deaths.
WO Bishop and his Gun Ship "Miss Oklahoma"
with Lt. Vecchio standing behind him.
My favorite uncle
At age 15, the second oldest of your nieces and nephews, I probably remember
you the most. Your wit and humor kept all of us so happy. Your letters, even
on your worst days, kept the hope in our hearts for your safe return. Even
though you didn't come home, you helped so many others return to their
families by flying those darn choppers into the danger zones to pick up the
wounded and their units. We miss your wit and lovingly remember your
With Love, Your Niece Mick
Wednesday, May 02, 2001
Encinitas, California United States of America
For Warrant Officer Bishop and all those who knew him and loved him, I just
want to say thank you for your dedication and sacrifice! Please know that
you have not been forgotten and always will hold a special place in my
heart! It would have been nice to have known you as a person, and I greatly
appreciate your service! I just wish you did not have to pay so high a
price! You forever will be a hero in my eyes!
Monday, March 18, 2002
Helicopter UH-1B 63-08632
Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1B tail number 63-08632
Incident number: 65041900.KIA
Unit: HHC 52 CAB
This was a Combat incident. This helicopter was LOSS TO INVENTORY
for Close Air Support
Unknown this helicopter was Unknown at 0200 feet and UNK knots.
Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded.
Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size. (7.62MM)
Systems damaged were: PERSONNEL
Casualties = 09 DOI . .
The helicopter Crashed. Aircraft Destroyed.
Both mission and flight capability were terminated.
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: UH1P1, 01031, CASRP, JSIDR (Joint Services Incident Damage Report. Casualty Report. )
Loss to Inventory
AC 1LT THORNE, JOSEF LOYD KIA
P WO1 BISHOP, DANIEL EDWARD KIA
CE SP5 MILLAY, CHARLES FRANCIS KIA
CE SP4 OLIVAR, GILBERT KIA
CE SP4 MILLS, TERRY WAYNE KIA
19 April: Operation Quyet Thang 137 was conducted in support of the 22nd (ARVN) Div. The 119th Avn Co. joined other elements of the battalion in lifting 320 troops from Phu Cat to LZ Alpha (CR 099410) on the penisula north of Qui Nhon. An additional 100 troops were landed at LZ Bravo (CR 075495). Intense ground fire was received from LZ Alpha, and two armed UH-1Bs were shot down and expoded on impact. All crew members were killed. Four other aircraft were also hit with one additional crewman being killed.
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