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c/n 191

55-3322
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c/n 191

55-3322

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55-3322 United States Army. Delivered 19-Dec-1956.  Designated as U-1A.

It first served with the 3rd Aviation Company, Fort Riley, KS.

Jul-1957. Deployed with the unit to Illesheim, Germany until disbanded in Nov-1959.

Nov-1959. Assigned to the 2nd Aviation Company in France. until the unit disbanded in March 1967.

Mar-1967. assigned to the 56th Aviation Detachment, Coleman Barracks, Mannheim, Germany. October 1967 when it was transported back to the United States.

Mar-1968. Assigned to 54th Aviation Company, Vung Tau, Vietnam until the unit stood down in January 1971.

Jan-1971. 56th Transportation Company for storage.

Feb-1971. 388th Transportation Company, Vung Tau which was the unit responsible for disposal of all Army Otters in Vietnam where the aircraft was scrapped in August 1971.

Scrapped

Otter 191 was delivered to the United States Army on 19th December 1956 with serial 55-3322 (tail number 53322). It first served with the 3rd Aviation Company, Fort Riley, Kansas and moved with the unit when it deployed to Germany in July 1957, establishing at Illesheim. The 3rd Aviation Company disbanded in November 1959. 53322 was then assigned to the 2nd Aviation Company in France. It was noted visiting Yeadon in England on 2nd October 1964. It continued to fly for the 2nd Aviation Company until the unit disbanded in March 1967 and was then assigned that month to the 56th Aviation Detachment, Coleman Barracks, Mannheim, Germany. It flew for this unit until October 1967 and was then transported back to the United States and then onwards to Vietnam, where it joined the 54th Aviation Company in March 1968.

The Otter is mentioned in the unit history for January 1970: “Captain Benson assumed command of the first platoon in Vung Tau. He also seemed to assume the additional duty of finding and flying all the problem aircraft, as he had three unscheduled landings this month. On the 15th he made a precautionary landing in 53322, then again on the 18th while flying 81688 his engine blew up over Vinh Long. Then, to end the month, on the 19th 53322 again forced him to put her down in Vinh Long. Out of the three landings there was no damage to either aircraft or personnel”. 53322 continued to fly for the 54th Aviation Company until the unit stood down in January 1971, when the Otter was entrusted to the 56th Transportation Company for storage, and then to the 388th Transportation Company, Vung Tau the following month, which was the unit responsible for disposal of all Army Otters in Vietnam. 53322 was scrapped at Vung Tau in August 1971.

Full history up to 2005 courtesy of Karl E Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter - A History (CD-ROM 2005

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