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U.S. Air Force Helicopter History
James E. Armenia, SSgt., USAF (Fallen)December 29, 1940 – August 11, 1966
UH-1F #63-13145Eglin AFB, FL11 August 1966~
The Evening Times (Sayre, Penn.)Fri, Aug 12, 1966, page 1
HELICOPTER CRASH FATAL TO THREE NEW YORK AIRMEN
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Three New York airmen stationed at Eglin Air Force Base were killed Thursday night when a helicopter crashed during a training flight.
The Air Force identified the victims as Capt. Rollin T. Wheat, 28, Clifton Springs, N.Y., (pilot) 1st Lt. Michael F. Sullivan, 25, North Tarrytown, N.Y., (co-pilot), and SSgt. James E. Armenia, 25, Staten Island, N.Y., (crew chief).
Search operations began when the UH-1F helicopter failed to return from the mission. The wreckage was found a short time later on the Air Force reservation, near Niceville.
The Air Force was investigation the cause of the crash.
Helicopter pilots for the war in Vietnam are trained at Eglin.