Ian McIntoshWarrant Officer
A CO, 2ND BN, 17TH CAV RGT, 101 ABN DIV
Army Of The United States
21 September 1945 - 24 November 1970
St. Catharines, Ontario, CN
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The database page for Ian McIntosh
On November 24, 1970, Captain Robert J. Young, pilot, and WO1 Ian McIntosh, observer, were in an OH-6A helicopter (tail number 67-16484) on an armed reconnaissance mission with two Cobra gunships southeast of Khe Sanh.
About an hour into the mission the crew observed what appeared to be a new NVA living area. The Cobra gunships engaged the target, and the OH-6A subsequently entered the target area to assess the damage. The OH-6A was hit by automatic rifle fire on the underside in the left front area where WO1 McIntosh was sitting (nearly the entire front from above head level to below knee level was glass).
Capt. Young immediately left the target area, noticing that WO1 McIntosh was in a great deal of pain and trying to straighten up. At that time, the aircraft engine quit, so the pilot attempted to land in an open area. The aircraft burst into flames before crashing. CPT Young believed WO McIntosh died shortly after the crash. The flames were starting to enter the cockpit, so the pilot pulled himself out, and just as he got out, the aircraft became engulfed in flames. Three minutes later, the helicopter exploded with WO1 McIntosh still inside.
Ian McIntosh was declared Killed, Body Not Recovered. His name appears among the missing because no body was found to return home for burial. He is one of two Canadians on the U.S. military rolls of missing, and one of many from that country who willingly volunteered to fight against the spread of communism in Southeast Asia.
A memorial from two who wear his MIA bracelet,|
Hal and Maddy Laffi
21 Dec 2001
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)