• 55-3294 United States Army. Delivered 25-Jul-1956. Designated U-1A.
Assigned to 2nd Aviation Company, Fort Riley, KS.
Jul/Aug to Brookley AFB, Mobile, AL. Here the aircraft was loaded on board a ship serving with the Military Sea Transportation Service, which set sail for Bremerhaven, Germany arriving in Aug-1956.
Aug-1956. 2nd Aviation Company based at Illesheim, Germany until Jul-1959 when the unit moved to France.
Jul-1959. The Company headquarters of the 2nd Aviation Company and one platoon were based at Orléans, a second platoon at Verdun and a third platoon at Poitiers. During its time in France the aircraft was either based at or visited all three locations for different levels of maintenance.
Mar-1967. Assigned to the 56th Aviation Detachment at Coleman Barracks, Mannheim, Germany which took over the duties which the 2nd Aviation Company had performed.
Note: Logged at Prestwick - EGPK 30-Jun-1966 by Neil Aird.
Oct-1967. Transported back to USA
May-1968: 388th Transportation Company at Vung Tau, Vietnam, in May 1968.
August 1968 assigned to the 18th Aviation Company, Nha Trang, Vietnam, serving with the Company's First Platoon.
Incident: Qui Nhon Vietnam 27-Jan-1969. While on climb out, the engine backfired and oil covered the windshield. The pilot reversed course and landed downwind. The cause of the engine failure was a broken push rod housing on the number four cylinder. Aircraft repaired.
Accident: Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. 26-Oct-1969. While engaged on a training detail a wheel's first landing caused the aircraft pitched out of control and came to rest between the runways with major damage to the landing gear, propeller and wing. A subsequent attempt to recover the aircraft with a helicopter failed when it was dropped from a height and wrecked.
Oct-1969. To the 79th Transportation Company at Qui Nhon for salvage and disposal.