usa Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361

US Marine Corps

HMH-361 Flying Tigers

1952 to present    

Tail Codes
YN 1956/   
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361
Flying Tigers established February 25, 1952

1952 - Marine Transport Squadron 361 (HMR-361)
1956 - Marine Transport Squadron Light 361 (HMRL-361)
1962 - Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMM-361)
1968 - Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMH-361)

1968 - CH-53A Sea Stallion
1977 - CH-53D Sea Stallion
1990 - CH-53E Super Stallion

May60 to Sep64 I Flew the H-34 with HMM-361. We were stationed at MCAF Santa Ana until Sep63 when we deployed to Da Nang RVN. We were in country until Feb64. I also flew the H-34 while I was with HMX-1 in Quantico VA from Sep64 to about May65. I flew the H-34 with the USMCR at Los Alamitos CA in 1967 and 1968. Tom Coughlin, Major USMCR Retired
* 1967/68 UH-34D/UH-34J Marble Mtn. Air Facility Da Nang, Vietnam- Utilized TarBush as call sign (ie TarBush18)
* Jul67 relocated to Dong Ha Combat Base near DMZ relieving HMM-363, that had considerable combat damage. HMM-361 preformed combat missions all over northern I Corps TAOR including LeatherNeck Square, rockpile Ka Sanh, Hills 881-881s, 861, Charlie 2, cam lo and all other lzs where Marine tread.
* 3 Sept.67 Dong Ha combat base were the helio area and ammo dump were struck w/arty (152mm) 120mm rockets and God and the NVA only knew, destroying several helos enlisted quarters and mess hall. Unit was rendered combat unqualified and personnel air lifted by CH-53s to MMAF DaNang. There reorganized and refitted to continue combat operations supporting Marine ground units in DMZ TAOR.
* Dec67 deployed to USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) for operations w/ Marine Combat Team 2/4. As a SGT. combat crew chief YN-18 serving 1/67 thru 1/68. R.J. COPE. H-34s were very reliable and reasonably to maintain considering the harsh environment of south east asia.

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Exercise Chura-Shima Rescue 2016, 21-Jul-16 : US Marines HMH-361 CH-53E Super Stallions participated with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and Okinawa emergency services in Exercise Chura-Shima Rescue 2016

HMH-361 Prepare for Land and Sea Operations, 04-Dec-15 : US Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron HMH-361 “Flying Tigers” conducted section Confined Area Landings (section CALs) and Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLPs) drills


1999/    MCAS MiramarKNKX
1952/99MCAS Santa Ana / TustinKNTK


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1990/    s-80 H-53E
1968/90s-65 H-53
1958/68s-58 H-34
1952/58s-55 H-19

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List of Aircraft for HMH-361 / HMM-361 / HMR-361
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
58-784 hus-1 1958 145735 : Sikorsky HUS-1, cn 58-784, ff:?; del USMC as HUS-1, 145735, 05Feb58; w/o H+
58-786 hus-1 1958 145737 : Sikorsky HUS-1, cn 58-786, ff:?; del USMC as HUS-1, 145737, 10Feb58; xfer +
58-1048 hus-1 1959 145810 : Sikorsky HUS-1, cn 58-1048, ff:?; del USMC as HUS-1, 145810, 09Mar59; xfer+
South Vietnam Air Force (1955-1975) 145810 : xfer VNAF as UH-34D, 145810, 17Jun64; to 211 Squadron; to KA33/LDKT, 24Aug+
United States Naval Aviation 145810 : wfu & xfer MASDC as HD031, 13Oct69; soc 18May77.
- HD031 : xfer Allied Aircraft Sales as HD031, unk; xfer Bobs Airpark, Dec97; xfer D+
- 145810 : Sep13 at Keenesburg, Colorado. We are a organization of Marines who are in+
65-021 ch-53a 152394 : w/o 01nov69 HMH-361 /YN crashed into South China Sea. 4 fatalities
65-026 ch-53a 1966 152399 : Sikorsky S-65A c/n 65-026 ff?; accepted USMC as CH-53A 152399 Jun66; xfer +
National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA-543 : NASA, to USN
Federal Aviation Administration N39 : FAA Jun78-Oct83
United States Naval Aviation 152399 : USN preserved
65-051 ch-53a 153282 : w/o 01sep69 HMH-361 /YN crashed in Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. 5 f+
65-057 ch-53a 153288 : w/o 10mar77 HMH-361 /YN-21 unk
65-084 ch-53a 153313 : w/o 26jul76 HMH-361
65-101 ch-53a 153715 : HMH-464 to Marble Mountain Air Facility, Da Nang Vietnam ; H&MS-56 and HM+
65-122 ch-53a 153736 : w/o 28dec77 HMH-361 /YN to be confirmed
65-217 ch-53d 156970 : w/o 12jul85 HMH-361 /YN-651 crashed into mountain on Okinawa. Four fatali+
65-221 ch-53d 157130 : late 1980s flew as HMH-361 /YN-667
65-225 ch-53d 157132 : w/o 24mar84 in South Korea, HMH-361 /YN-666, 29 US and South Korean Marine+
65-245 ch-53d 157145 : 1985 HMH-361 /YN-654
65-426 ch-53e 161254 : Apr09 HMH-361 /55
65-435 ch-53e 161263 : USMC; 1993 HMH-361 /YN-50; 2000 HMT-302 /UT-27
65-474 ch-53e 161997 : 2010 HMH-361 /YN-54
65-479 ch-53e 162002 : 24oct13 pictured as HMH-361 /YN-02 at NAF El Centro
65-481 ch-53e 162004 : 2011 HMH-361 /YN-61
65-512 ch-53e 162500 : 2011 HMH-361 /YN-64
65-561 ch-53e 163074 : 2006 HMH-361 /YN-63; 2012 still
65-576 ch-53e 163082 : w/o 20jan02 HMH-361 /YN crash 60km S of Bagram, Northern Afghanistan. 2 fa+
65-581 ch-53e 163087 : 2004 HMH-361 /YN
65-582 ch-53e 164358 : w/o 05apr17 13:00hs asg HMH-361 MAWTS-1, hard landing and rolled at Yuma+
65-597 ch-53e 164536 : USMC; w/o 26jan05 HMH-361 /YN-50 in sandstorm near Ar Rutbahh, Al Anbar Pr+
65-627 ch-53e 164784 : 2010 HMH-361 /YN-10
65-634 ch-53e 164791 : 2011 HMH-361 /YN-73

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