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15th Aviation Group
7th Army

Looking for more information from military/civilian personnel assigned to or associated with the U.S. Army in Germany from 1945 to 1989. If you have any stories or thoughts on the subject, please contact me.


Group History (19..-19..)

14th Avn Co (ATC)

60th Avn Co

122nd Avn Co (AS)

207th Avn Co

351st Avn Co

Related Links





 
Group History
15th Aviation Group DUI
 
(Source: Yearbook of the 15th Aviation Group (Cbt), "Flying Mustangs," 1969-1970, submitted by Hanno Englaender, Germany)

Yearbook, 1969-70
  In 1967, 15th Avn Gp was part of USAREUR & 7th Army Troops.

 

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ORGANIZATION (1967):

UNIT DESIGNATION

DUTY STATION COMMENTS
HHC, 15th Avn Gp Dolan Bks, Schw. Hall
14th Avn Co (ATC) Dolan Bks, Schw. Hall TOE 01-207E63
60th Avn Co (Army) Dolan Bks, Schw. Hall TOE 01-137D61; inact. June 16, 1969
122nd Avn Co (AS) Fliegerhorst, Hanau TOE 01- 128T65
207th Avn Co AAF, Heidelberg TOE 01-137D61
351st Avn Co (Air Mob)(Lt) Peden Bks, Wertheim TOE 01-077G66
AFOF (1) AAF, Heidelberg TD E1-WOBCAA
USAREUR ASSD (2) Gablingen TD E1-W1EMAA
(1) US Army Flight Operations Facility, Europe
(2) USAREUR Aviation Safety and Standardization Detachment - originally based at the Schleissheim AAF near Munich; moved to Gablingen in 1967 (?)
 
If you have more information on the history or organization of the 15th Aviation Gp, please contact me.


Fixed-Wing Platoon, 60th Avn Co, hangar at Stuttgart AAF, mid-1960s (Paul Cleary)
 
60th Aviation Company (Army)
1963
(Source: STARS & STRIPES, Dec 20, 1963)
The 60th Aviation Company was activated on Dec 1, 1961 and was under the 7th Army Aviation Gp at the time of this article. Maj Thomas C. Wilkins is the unit CO.

The mission of the 60th Avn Co is to provide 7th Army HQ staff and subordinate units with aviation support.

Most of the flights of the unit are requested by 7th Army HQ staff section. Pilots of the unit fly between 700-1000 hours a month.

The 60th uses helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft in performing its mission. Aircraft include
UH-1B HUEY turbine-powered helicopters
OV-1A MOHAWK fixed-wing planes
one U-8 SEMINOLE fixed-wing plane.

(The U-8 is used by the 7th Army CG and other 7th Army generals for business trips.)

(Source: Email from Paul Cleary, D 3/8 Cav, 1964-1966)
Above photo shows the hangar used by the fixed-wing platoon of the 60th Avn Company. The 60th Avn went on to become the leaders in the Army for night vision flight. 

 
122nd Aviation Company (Aerial Surveillance)

OV-1B MOHAWK of the 122nd Aviation Company (AS) at Hanau AAF, 1971

OV-1B MOHAWK, taxiing at Rhein-Main Air Base, 1969
See "Border Aerial Surveillance" on the Overview Page, Army Aviation section, for some information on the 122nd Avn Co's role in providing aerial surveillance along the West German border to East Germany and Czechoslovakia during the 1960s.

 
1969
(Source:STARS & STRIPES, June 2, 1969)
122nd Aviation Company (Aerial Surveillance)

The 122nd Avn Co (AS) is the Army's only aerial surveillance unit in Europe and comes under the operational control of the DCS, Intelligence (Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence) at HQ USAREUR.

Maj Clydie J. Crawford is the CO of the unit that is stationed at Fliegerhorst AAF near Hanau. With 17 officer pilots and 142 enlisted men, the company is equipped with the OV-1B MOHAWK twin turbojet airplane. Its mission is to keep watch on Warsaw Pact troop movements and activities along the East German border. Using visual and photographic means, as well as side-looking radar (SLAR), the plane can detect even the slightest movement of vehicles including in the rain or at the dark of night. Because of the long-range capabilities of the SLAR radar, the Mohawk can operate at a safe distance from the border and still see deep into East bloc territory.

All missions are flown with a single pilot and an enlisted technical observer.

The SLAR provides a permanent film record. Aircraft position, date, time, and other intelligence data are recorded directly onto the film edge as well as being transmitted to a ground station.

The ground data link terminal is housed in a shelter mounted on a ¾-ton truck. The power supply is mounted on a trailer. The terminal receives, displays and records radar pictures and data-annotation information that is transmitted from the SLAR while in flight.

Other components of the surveillance system that are on the ground are the portable tactical imagery interpretation facility and the portable film processing laboratory darkroom.

The 122nd Avn Co (AS) is supported in its intelligence gathering mission by the 30th Trans Co (AAM) - performing technical supply and higher echelon maintenance - as well as by the Avionics Platoon of the 245th Trans Co (Acft GS) - providing electronics and signal equipment support.

 
351st Aviation Company
351st Aviation Company Patch (after transition to UH-1)
1969
(Source: Email from George Reese)

CH-34 - probably at Peden Bks, Wertheim, around 1963 (247 KB)
In looking over your site I don't recall seeing a certain 351st Avn Company unit patch. I saw the one that is part German and part US. That is supposed to represent our sister unit and the 351st. I forget exactly where that unit was, or what its designation was.

Anyway, I am sending an image, with some data, of a 351st unit patch that came into existence right after I left the unit. I was stationed with a Warrant Officer in the 351st -- and we both ended up retiring in the Fort Rucker area. I left the unit just as we were getting the Hueys in. In fact, was one of the pilots that flew it back to the 351st from a depot.

Since I got to the 351st before the CWO -- I ended up leaving first, before other Hueys replaced the H-34s. So it seems that once the 351st transitioned to the Huey -- they also came up with a unit patch.

I have hundreds of Army Aviation photos that some of your viewers might like to see. The site is www.flyarmyair.com.

1971
(Source: Email from Larry A. Magnello, 351st Avn Co)
After I left the 1st Air Cav Division in Vietnam at end of 1970, I was sent to 351st Avn Co located at Wertheim, southern Germany. Our main base was out of Schweinfurt, Germany. They never said much to us about the structure of the unit. I flew once to Schweinfurt base but don't know the battalion.

I was the flight medic there and worked with the Flight surgeon there who black mailed the pilots in order to let them fly their helicopters or he would
flunk them on the flight physicals. We had just Hueys there and one spotter airplane.

We lost one huey on medivac and it crashed into the mountain at night during rain and they all died including a medic sergeant Rayburn who had a silver star and 3 purple hearts.

Was a nice place and unit sitting on a mountain across the valley was a castle. Best part of my army tour of duty.

 
Related Links:
122nd Aviation Company - Walter Lafford and Gary Holt have created a web page dedicated to this unique aerial surveillance unit in Germany flying the OV-1 Mohawk.