1952 to present


usa Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361

US Marine Corps

HMH-361 Flying Tigers







Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361
Tail Codes
YN 1956-   
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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For the First Time Helicopter Refuels a Drone

For the First Time Helicopter Refuels a Drone

26-Aug-23 - An US Marine Corps HMH-361 Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter delivered fuel to an US Navy HSC-21 MQ-8C Fire Scout drone in the first time a manned aircraft has provided fuel for an unmanned rotary wing aircraft #drones
Marines Helicopter Support Team

Marines Helicopter Support Team

29-May-23 - US Marine Corps helicopter support teams or HSTs are responsible for the rapid transportation of cargo via helicopter #CLB15
Exercise Chura-Shima Rescue 2016

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

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


  Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1999-    MCAS Miramar KNKX
1952/99MCAS Santa Ana / Tustin closed 1999KNTK



helicopter   Models


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




HMH-361 List of helicopters


C/N VersionBuiltIn this Org In other Org
58-784 w/o 1967 hus-1 1958 145735 : Sikorsky HUS-1, cn 58-784, ff:?; del USMC as HUS-1, 145735, 05Feb58; w/o H+
58-786 w/o 1964 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
US Navy 145810
- HD031
- 145810
65-021 w/o 1969 ch-53a 152394 : w/o 01nov69 HMH-361 /YN crashed into South China Sea. 4 fatalities
65-026 Scrapped 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
Federal Aviation Administration N39
US Navy 152399
65-027 w/o 1974 ch-53a 152400 : Santa Ana, CA; I was a crew chief with HMH-361 out of MCAS Santa Anna at t+
65-042 ch-53a 152415 : Tail number /YN-13 (HMH-361), dates unknown Tail number MS 487, assigned +
Israeli Air Force
65-051 w/o 1969 ch-53a 153282 : w/o 01sep69 HMH-361 /YN crashed in Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. 5 f+
65-057 w/o 1977 ch-53a 153288 : w/o 10mar77 HMH-361 /YN-21 unk
65-084 w/o 1976 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 w/o 1977 ch-53a 153736 : w/o 28dec77 HMH-361 /YN to be confirmed
65-217 ch-53d 156970 : w/o 12 HMH-361 /YN-651 crashed into mountain on Okinawa. Four fatalities
65-221 ch-53d 157130 : late 1980s flew as HMH-361 /YN-667
65-225 w/o 1984 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
65-439 ch-53e 161382 : 9 Oct 1999 HMM-361 / YN-27, embarked on USS Essex
65-474 ch-53e 161997 : 2010 HMH-361 /YN-54
65-479 ch-53e 162002 : 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 w/o 2002 ch-53e 163082 : w/o HMH-361 /YN crash 60km S of Bagram, Northern Afghanistan. 2 fatalitie+
65-581 ch-53e 163087 : 2004 HMH-361 /YN
65-582 w/o 2017 ch-53e 164358 : w/o 13:00hs asg HMH-361 MAWTS-1, hard landing and rolled at Yuma, AZ. +
65-595 w/o 2024 ch-53e 164366 : HMH-361 /366; w/o 06feb24 near Pine Valley, CA during a flight from AFB Cr+
65-597 w/o 2005 ch-53e 164536 : USMC; w/o HMH-361 /YN-50 in sandstorm near Ar Rutbahh, Al Anbar Province,+
65-627 ch-53e 164784 : 2010 HMH-361 /YN-10
65-634 ch-53e 164791 : 2011 HMH-361 /YN-73




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Dates Operation
1999-oct-091999-oct-12 San Francisco Fleet Week 1999







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