A view across a door gunner's M60 machine gun as Iroquois helicopter crews from No 9 Squadron ...

Place Asia: Vietnam
Accession Number VN/67/0021/19
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 35mm safety base
Maker Ward, Barrie Thomas Burrill
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province
Date made 17 February 1967
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

A view across a door gunner's M60 machine gun as Iroquois helicopter crews from No 9 Squadron wait on standby at Luscombe Field, near Vung Tau, South Vietnam, after their initial airborne assault in the opening 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 previous night. The crews are ready to resupply, evacuate casualties, fly in more troops or bring the soldiers back. The aircraft in the background are US helicopters.

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