4th Aviation Company Nellingen Kaserne 1966 to 1969

152nd Cargo Helicopter Field Maintenance Detachment

4. Flieger Kompanie Nellingen Kaserne 1966 bis 1969

 

 

 

 

                       E- 5 Dan Cook     

 

                 

Original Comment on End of this Page.

 

Der ehemalige Unteroffizier Dan Cook und ich kennen uns schon seit vielen Jahren. Immer wieder schreiben wir uns Emails und plaudern über seine Zeit als Soldat in der

Nellingen Kaserne. Endlich hatte er die Gelegenheit, seine seltenen Fotos in seinen Computer einzulesen und schickte sie mir zu. Dan war von Dezember 1966 bis Januar 1969

in Nellingen mit der 4. Flieger Kompanie / 152. Hubschrauber Wartungs- Kompanie stationiert. Die 152. war der 4. Flieger Kompanie unterstellt. Die Aufgabe von Dan Cook und seinen Kameraden war es, an den berühmten CH-37 Hubschraubern, Wartungsarbeiten durchzuführen. Motoren, Getriebe und Rotorblätter ein und auszubauen bzw. Schweißarbeiten und das einstellen der Motoren. Die CH-37 Hubschrauber wurden auch The Big Deuce genannt ( die große Zwei ) oder auch Mojave.

 

Der Mojave war ein CH-37 B Model mit einem R-2800 Motor. Dan erzählte mir von unglaublichen Reparaturen an den Hubschraubern mit Schwerstarbeit beim Austausch

eines Getriebes oder Motors. Vor seiner Armee Zeit war Dan Cook ausgebildeter Automechaniker. Dann probierte er bei der U.S. Küstenwache anzuheuern und landete so schließlich bei den Armee Fliegern. Im Januar 1966 wurde er zur U.S. Armee eingezogen und absolvierte seine Grundausbildung in Fort Dix New Jersey und Fort Rucker Alabama. Danach wurde

Herr Cook nach München Oberschleißheim, auf das Army Airfield geschickt. Ende Dezember, wie oben beschrieben, kam er in der Nellingen Kaserne an. Nebenbei besuchte Dan die Unteroffiziersschule der 7th Army Akademie in Bad Tölz, was ihm sehr gefallen hat. Dan hatte ab 1967 eine feste Beziehung zu einem deutschen Mädchen. Nach einem Jahr ging diese in die Brüche. Auch erinnert sich Dan Cook dass seine Company öfters in kleine verschlafene deutsche Dörfer gerufen wurden, wenn CH-37 wegen Motorproblemen notlanden mussten.

 

Dan Cook und seine Frau lernten vieles in Deutschland kennen, auch gute Freundschaften. Die Cook´s kommen regelmäßig nach Deutschland um ihre Freunde zu besuchen.

Auch konnte er viele alte Gasthäuser finden in denen er vor 40 Jahren eingekehrt ist. Seine zweite Heimatstadt bezeichnet Dan mit Esslingen am Neckar.

Dan Cook verließ als Unteroffizier die Nellingen Kaserne im Januar 1969 und kehrte nach Fort Lee im U.S. Bundesstaat New Jersey zurück. 1973 zog er nach Coquitlam

British Columbia in Kanada. Dan Cook war über Jahrzehnte Berufsfeuerwehrmann und ging 2006 in Rente. Er ist heutzutage 63 Jahre alt und ist mit seiner Frau Mary

Louise seit 1975 verheiratet. Zuletzt waren sie 2008 auf Europa Besuch mit einem Besuch im Münchner Hofbräuhaus und dem Oktoberfest.

Dan, tausend Dank an dich für alle Briefe, Informationen und die schönen Bilder.

 

Grüße sendet dir - Billy Oktober 2010

 

Dan Cook in den Nellingen Barracks 1968 vor seinem Mannschaftsquartier. Er fährt und bedient einen sogenannten

M-246 Wrecker /  Transportladekran.

Die 152. Hubschrauber / Wartungs / Kompanie beim abladen der Rotorblätter vor dem Hubschrauber Hangar im Norden der Nellingen Kaserne. 1968

Die 152. Hubschrauber / Wartungs / Kompanie beim abladen der Rotorblätter vor dem Hubschrauber Hangar im Norden der Nellingen Kaserne. 1968

Billy

Left Picture and the three above / please read the Explanation:

 

I have been asked for some photo's by several people in Germany that are interested in the old CH-37's we used to fly around in over there. Finally got a scanner and got it working so will send these out and to some of my old friends as well that might like to see them.

First pic & 11 O'clock position Me in front of the 152 nd Barracks with the M-246 wrecker assigned to my shop. The wrecker was assigned to the Engine Shop to hang and move

the R-2800 Engines as well as hanging The blades and an occasional transmission. The Transmission was a big job and the boom would have to be extended manually and locked in place. It was a bit scary with the boom fully extended and trying to load the thing down the centre of the aircraft.

Hanging engines and blades was a lot easier by comparison, but no small job either.

Going clockwise is a photo of the flight line at Nellingen, with the 37's lined up.

The next two are of us unloading blades in front of the hanger at Nellingen.

The hanger or at least the control tower is still there, but it appears there were some

changes to the hanger. Hope these make it Okay.

Dan

 

An diesem Mojave wurden Elektrik Probleme beseitigt. Foto aufgenommen vor dem Hangar der 4th Aviation Kompanie .                                                            Picture 5

 

Nellingen Army Airfield nach Feierabend mit den CH-37 Mojave Hubschraubern. / Picture 1

Links Dan Cook und rechts der Elektriker Lindenmuth. Beide arbeiten beim Einbau eines R-2800 Motors in den Mojave Hubschrauber. Picture 3

Alle Fotos / All Pictures taken in 1967 / 1968

Dan Cook vor seinem Mannschaftsgebäude mit seinem M-246 Wrecker dem Transportkran der 4. Flieger Kompanie. In diesem Jahr erlaubte die Army endlich, dass die Soldaten einen Schnurrbart tragen durften. 1968

Picture 4

Foto aufgenommen am Hangar im Norden der Kaserne Nellingen Nähe der Housing Area. Kameraden Howe, Dyess, Lindenmuth, Downie und Kasten. Picture 2

 

Dan Cook´s Patches

Picture 1. Flight line- The flight line at Nellingen at quitting time.

 

 

Picture 2. taken at the end of the hanger (East end I believe) near the housing. I think I have the names correct except not sure about Dyess The face or the spelling. top row- Me, Sp/4 Howe (From Ohio), Sp/4 Dyess (Nick name "Country") bottom-Sp/5 Lindenmuth "Lindy"(guy was crazy and lost his stripes over a gal that worked at Al's bar just off base, she was more important than showing up for work), Sp/4 Downie, from California,The guy in the Parka was Francis Kasten and he was from Sturgeon Bay so don't ask me why he had to wear a parka. We called him "Kid" as he looked very young. Howe and Downie were transferred in from another unit not sure which one. The 152nd got low on people so they sent these two guys over and as I recall they were not real happy about it at first.

 

Picture 3. We were swinging an Engine (you can see the R-2800 hanging on the boom. Thats me on the left and Sp/5 (soon to be PFC) Lindenmuth on your right. We were using the 4th wrecker for this so I guess ours was down for maintenance or was being used someplace else. Not sure why we took this picture, seems a bit unusual to stop in the middle of hanging an engine. Lindy was the electrician so maybe there was a problem with the wiring and we had to wait for him to fix something. (just guessing)

 

 Picture 4. Thats me in front of the 152nd Barracks probably about Sept. or Oct. of 68. The Army finally said it was okay to grow a mustache in August so the First Sgt. quit telling me to shave it off. We were on a field problem, and I was supposed to stay back and finish building up some engines, but the 4th Av. wrecker broke a drive shaft and I had to go to the field. I am pretty sure this is when I had to come back and replace the cable on the boom which was damaged when I pulled the 4th  Av. gas tanker out of the mud. I think a guy named French was driving the tanker and the hood was acually below the surface. An Sp/4 named Wagonbrothers I believe was running the 4th wrecker so I had him run the boom and I drove. We got the tanker and trailer out, (actually had the trailer suspended for a while), but shredded

the 1/2 inch cable. But things were good the sun was shining and I was getting short, probably under a hundred days then. Had to make another trip later to bring back the 4th wrecker.

 

 Picture 5. That picture also has a story, Had an electrical problem with 632 and didn't pickup anything with the ignition analyzer (Chinese tv). The #2 engine was missing and after firing, and really bad when on single mag. I got Lindy from the electrical shop and we rigged a mag switch with some wire to go from the right seat to Engine, then when we got it started we disconnected the "P" lead and hooked in our jury rig system. It still missed which pretty much eliminated everything between the cockpit and and the Mag as the problem. After checking with an ohm meter we had to pull the engine and replace the low tension system. Fortunately we had an engine going back available so we switched the low tension systems. Big job though as the engine had to come off and be torn half down.

 

Black&white Picture 1 / CH-37 Mojave Hubschrauber 1968 auf dem Vorplatz und Flugfeld des Hangars Nellingen Kaserne

Black&white Picture 2 / CH-37 Mojave Hubschrauber 1968 auf dem Vorplatz und Flugfeld des Hangars Nellingen Kaserne

Black&white Picture 3 / CH-37 Mojave Hubschrauber 1968 auf dem Vorplatz und Flugfeld des Hangars Nellingen Kaserne

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Dan Cook says: Comment to Black&white Picture 1 - 6

 

 

Okay here are some pictures with another story.

This is 647 in front of the hanger. We had just hung two engines as I recall. Everybody knows that there is a lot of work that goes into getting an engine ready to install.

 We would get what would be similar to a short block and then add the carburetor, Mag, distributors, generators, Fan and drive with the big Sweeney Wrench, die penetrate all the mounts checking for cracks, check and replace all the sheet metal, remove and replace the rubber shocks on the inboard mounts, replace exhaust system and mounts, then of course get it in place and hook everything up and then rig the controls. Might have left a few things out, but you get the general idea. So I was getting short about that time (God what a great feeling that is) had a couple of guys in the shop do most of the work and they did a good job too. Except we could not get them running. Spent about a day on the first one then decided to check the timing.

It was 21 degrees (Might have been 23d get that confused with a motorcycle I had in the 70's) alright, but not before top dead center, after it! Fortunatly a quick fix! The second engine was done by a guy that had an A&E ticket, who was only in for two years and that engine was also timed ATDC.

 

The mixture was rich on the Carb as well so we had a bit of a stack fire going, but lots of dry chemical extinguishers there to put it out. Mr.Leonetti was the Maintenance Officer called me into the office over that one. He suggested that I was teaching them short cuts, but I convinced him I wasn't. Wonder where he got the idea that I used short cuts. So the first two on the tarmac in front of the hanger. Take note of the pre-oiler and the cherry picker to the left of the picture. That looks like Francis "Kid" Kasten by the pre-oiler. Here's me trying to get #1 engine going in the next two pictures. Okay okay, so I guess I can't deny that I used to talk to the damn things. The scary part is sometimes it actually worked, and the more you swore the better it worked. No lie! Pictures #3 & #4 Here's a bit of after-fire from #1 engine. Picture #5

 

Now if I had my old pocket note book I could narrow that down to two cylinders for you. I think that is me again arguing with #2 engine this time.Pic. #6 Heres a shot from the Maintenance Office was probably getting a butt chewing from CWO Leonetti about then. Should have been working on my boat today, but need to do some painting so will start early tomorrow. Got some more pictures but not of the aircraft. Got some of some shorttimer parties I think if I can find them.

Play safe guy's, Dan

 

Auf diesen schwarz/weiß Fotos beschreibt Dan die Wartungs- und Reparaturarbeiten an den CH-37 Hubschraubern.

 

Leider war es mir nicht möglich, dieses Fachenglisch zu übersetzen. Wenn Sie über gute Englischkenntnisse verfügen, dürfen Sie gerne den oben  stehenden Brief von Dan an mich lesen.

 

Die Fotos wurden im Jahr 1968 aufgenommen. Die Bilder wurden auf dem Vorflugfeld des Helikopter Hangars im Norden der

 

Black&white Picture 5 / CH-37 Mojave Hubschrauber 1968 auf

dem Vorplatz und Flugfeld des Hangars Nellingen Kaserne

 

Black&white Picture 6 / CH-37 Mojave Hubschrauber 1968 auf dem Vorplatz und Flugfeld des Hangars Nellingen Kaserne

 

 

Fotos vom Echterdingen U.S. Army Airfield / Dan Cook und Kameraden waren öfters dort um an den R-2800 Motoren der T-29 Flugzeuge zu arbeiten. Dan hat dann natürlich immer Vorort das gute Essen der

U.S. Air Force genossen. Alle Fotos aufgenommen 1967 bis 1968.

 

The colour pics are in Echterdingen "hope thats spelled right" I used to go over there and help out a Sgt E-8 Cousins, with the Airforce. They ran R-2800's on the T-29s

and we would trade the occasional part. Plus they didn't have a wrecker so I would take ours over and swing an engine for them when they needed it. Always made

sure I got some good old Air Force chow, those guys sure ate good, and no KP or guard duty either.

 

                  

Soldat Sarge hat gerne einmal etwas über den Durst getrunken. Eines schönen Sonntag Morgens wackelte er in die Mannschaftsunterkunft und schlief dort ein. Seine Kameraden dachten, es wäre bei diesem schönen Wetter toll wenn sie ihn vor das Haus tragen. Dort wurde der Kamerad dann erst einmal fotografiert. 1968.

 

 

 

 

The second is of Sarge, don't recall his name at the moment, but he arrived in the spring of 1968 I believe. I have no idea why since he was an E-6 SSG, but we only called for an E-4 to run the supply. He used to drink a lot and came in one Sunday morning and fell asleep one one of the guys bunks. So we thought it would be good to take him outside and get some pictures, the church makes a nice back ground.

 

Dan Cook kurz vor seiner Beförderung zum Unteroffizier im Januar 1967 / January 1967 before Dan Cook was promoted to E-5 in June.

Bild aufgenommen von Frank Fan 1969 / Picture taken by

Frank Fan in 1969 out of the Helicopter toward 152d Hangar

Dan Cook in 2009

 

 

 

Bild aufgenommen von Frank Fan 1969 / Picture taken by / Frank Fan in 1969 out of the Helicopter toward 152d Hangar

Clifford McDonald - CH-37 Nellingen Flight Line 1967

Clifford McDonald - CH-37 Nellingen Flight Line 1967

CH-37 in der Luft über der Schwäbischen Alb 1968

CH-37 In the Air - Picture taken by Frank Fan

Email 3: von Gunther Winkle

 

Hallo Billy,

ich habe inzwischen einige Fotos für Deine Website zusammengestellt. Zusätzlich ist eine Zeichnung einer CH-37 dabei, die Du gerne verwenden kannst. Ich würde mich freuen, wenn Du im Zusammenhang mit dieser Zeichnung auf meine Internet-Seite http://www.big-deuce.de verweisen würdest. Zudem schreibe ich gerade ein Buch über die CH-37, das im kommenden Jahr in England erscheinen wird

(in englischer Sprache). Da könnte ich dann noch etwas Werbung gebrauchen. Dan, Frank und Cliff wissen bereits Bescheid. Ich werde Dich auf dem Laufenden halten.

Alles Gute und herzliche Grüße,

Gunther Winkle Juni 2010

 

Kommentar von Billy.

Liebe Leser meiner Webseite. Falls Sie mehr über den legendären Big Deuce CH-37 Hubschrauber erfahren möchten, besuchen Sie Herrn Gunther Winkle´s Webseite unter http://www.big-deuce.de

Dear Readers of my Website. If you like to learn more about the CH-37 Helicopter, please visit Gunther´s Website http://www.big-deuce.de

 

 

 

Original Comment of Dan Cook:

 

Email 1:

 

Dan Cook´s time frame in Nellingen

Mittwoch, 3. Februar 2010

 

Billy

Arrived in Munich the first day of the 1966 "Oktober fest" good food great beer. Worked in the Engine Shop, Moved to Nellingen Kaserne  in December 1966. Took charge as NCOIC of the Engine Shop in July 1967. Left in January 1969, had some good times and am still in touch with about half a dozen of the guys. I thought the spec's were a bit different, the engines were supposed to be 2100 hp. I remember when the CMMI inspection team came through and made me get rid of all my spare exhaust pipes, we basicly kept a complete exhaust system available as we never knew when a stack might burn through. Sure enogh about a month later they had to send me on a three hour flight to get one welded, as there was evidently only one place in Germany where they could weld them.

Take care Billy

 

Dan Cook February 2010

 

Email 2:

Billy,
I was E-5 and promoted to that rank while at Nellingen Kaserne in June of 1967. I kept that rank until I was discharged after leaving Germany in January of 1969.
I am presently 63 years old D.O.B. 1946, October 11th. I was living in Fort Lee New Jersey before I went in the Army and after I was discharged. Then moved to
Coquitlam British Columbia Canada in 1973 and that is where I am still living. The picture was taken about a year and a half ago.

Take care
Dan Cook   Saturday 15. May 2010

 

Email 3:

Billy

I joined the Army on January 24th 1966, and went to Fort Dix New Jersey for Basic Training, then to Fort Rucker Alabama for advanced training in aviation where I was promoted to PFC.

In September I was sent back to Fort Dix to be shipped to Germany. I arrived in Germany on the 14th of September 1966,

I believe it was. After several days of being shipped around to different posts and barracks they sent me to Munich, where they had a driver that didn’t know where the airfield was drive me around for a day and a half and finally dropped me at the gate to Ober-Schliessheim air field, with my baggage. I must have looked pretty sad after all that traveling and standing there on that dreary day, so some off duty guys passing by picked me up and dropped me at the barracks.

I think the confusion may have had something to do with it being the 17th of September and the first day of the “Oktober-fest” that year. I discovered this when

I arrived at the Munich Bahnhof and asked why everyone was drunk?

 

I was promoted to E-4 in December while at Ober-Schleissheim, where I worked in the Engine Shop on R-2800 Pratt and Whitney Engines for the Sikorsky Ch-37 B model Helicopters.

In late December I was sent with the advanced team to Nellingen Kaserne. We were to get things organized for the move to Nellingen. The move took several months as many of the aircraft were in storage in Schliessheim, so many of us traveled back and forth from Nellingen for about 6 months or more, until all 12 ships were in Nellingen.

During this period I attended 7th Army NCO Academy in Badtolz as well. It was the best training I have ever had including the college courses I took later. I was promoted to E-5 on June 17th 1967 and took charge of the Engine Shop shortly after. I guess it would have been about August of 1967 when we finally got all the ships to Nellingen.

Dan Cook  - May 2010 -

 

 

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