Iroquois helicopters and crewmen from No 9 Squadron, line up on Luscombe Field, at the 1st ...

Place Asia: Vietnam
Accession Number VN/67/0021/13
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 35mm safety base
Maker Ward, Barrie Thomas Burrill
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province, Nui Dat, Luscombe Airfield
Date made 17 February 1967
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Description

Iroquois helicopters and crewmen from No 9 Squadron, line up on Luscombe Field, at the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) Headquarters, near Vung Tau, South Vietnam, before launching their first airborne assault in the initial stages of Operation Bribie. No 9 Squadron inserted men from A and B Company, 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), into a landing zone east of Hoi My, to establish a blocking position and prevent the withdrawal east of the Viet Cong (VC) D445 Battalion that had unsuccessfully attempted a major ambush on Route 44, between Dat Do and Phuoc Hai on the night of the previous night. Five RAAF Iroquois helicopters took part in this operation, including UH-1B Iroquois A2-1019, which is now part of the Australian War Memorial’s collection, is the last helicopter in line, closest to camera.

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