Jim Ray CavenderChief Warrant Officer
281ST AHC, 10TH CAB, 17TH CAG, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
28 December 1948 - 25 September 1978
Santa Paula, CA
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The database page for Jim Ray Cavender
On November 4, 1969, WO Terry L. Alford, aircraft commander; WO1 Jim R. Cavender, pilot; SP4 John A. Ware, crew chief; and SP4 James R. Klimo, door gunner, were flying a series of combat support missions in a UH1H helicopter (serial #67-19512) in South Vietnam.
WO Alford was returning to his base at Nha Trang from Duc Lap at about 1920 hours when he made his last known radio contact with the 48th Aviation Company Operations at Ninh Hoa. Either the pilot or aircraft commander gave his approximate location as Duc My Pass, and stated he was in the clouds and instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). Shortly afterwards, the controller at Ninh Hoa heard a radio transmission that WO1 Alford was in trouble. The pilot reported, inexplicably, that the helicopter was flying upside down.
The helicopter is not believed to have been shot at. Search efforts were conducted for six consecutive days, but nothing was found.
FROM THE POW Network
I miss you both.
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his unit association,
281st Assault Helicopter Company Association
29 Nov 2001
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 11/04/2002