ZERBE, MICHAEL RICHARD

Name: Michael Richard  Zerbe
Branch/Rank: United States Navy/O2
Unit:
Date of Birth: 11 December 1941
Home City of Record: JULIAN CA
Date of Loss: 15 April 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam/Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 174258 North  1075415 East
Status (in 1973): Killed In Action/Body Not Recovered
Category: 5
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: SH3
Missions:
Other Personnel in Incident:
Refno:

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File. 2020

REMARKS:

DIED NOT AS A RESULT OF HOSTILE ACTION, FIXED WING AIR CASUALTY, PILOT

No further information available at this time.

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Library of Congress files:

North Vietnam, pre-1975: DIED 15 APRIL 1966 IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA; RESULT
OF MILITARY AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT
Country: North Vietnam, pre-1975

Name: MICHAEL R. ZERBE

Subjects: Aircraft downed; Killed

Reel: 211

Page: 6

Type of Document: Casualty Report

Date of Report: 66 04 22

Date of Information: 66 04 15

Originator: USN

Category: Casualty files
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North Vietnam, pre-1975: CHANGE IN CATEGORY FROM "DEAD (BNR)" TO "REMAINS
NONRECOVERABLE"; BIOGRAPHIC/SITE REPORT INCLUDED
Country: North Vietnam, pre-1975

Name: MICHAEL R. ZERBE

Subjects: SOUTH CHINA SEA; Aircraft downed; Killed

Reel: 211

Page: 8-11

Type of Document: Memorandum

Date of Report: 76 01 16

Date of Information: 66 04 15

Originator: USA

Category: Casualty files

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LTJG MICHAEL RICHARD ZERBE

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On April 15, 1966, a UH-2B Sea Sprite (bureau number unknown) with three crew members took off on a test flight from the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63). Immediately after taking off, the helicopter rolled to the left, causing its rotor to strike the catwalk along the flight deck edge and partially disintegrate. The helicopter went over the port side of the flight deck and crashed into the water in the vicinity of (GC) 48Q ZE 080 610. The copilot and another crew member were able to escape the wreck and were picked up by rescuers. However, a thorough search by sea and air units was unable to recover the pilot.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Michael Richard Zerbe, who entered the U.S. Navy from California, served with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 and was the pilot of this Sea Sprite when it crashed. He could not be recovered and remains unaccounted for. Today, Lieutenant Junior Grade Zerbe is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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