Iroquois helicopter machine gunners from No 9 Squadron, check their weapons after a mission in ...

Place Asia: Vietnam
Accession Number VN/67/0022/02
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 35mm safety base
Maker Ward, Barrie Thomas Burrill
Place made Vietnam: Vung Tau Special Zone, Vung Tau
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

Iroquois helicopter machine gunners from No 9 Squadron, check their weapons after a mission in support of Australian troops in the rubber plantations near the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) Headquarters, near Vung Tau, South Vietnam, known as Operation Bribie. During a reconnaissance run over the Long Tan area, the RAAF men spotted three Viet Cong (VC) moving through the rubber trees. They swept into the attack and the three VC guerrillas were believed killed. Draped in machine gun 7.62mm ammunition belts, the crewmen are A18504 Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Brian Víncent Taylor, of Rockhampton, Qld (left), and A56669 LAC Brian Boyd (Ron) Hill, of Subiaco, WA (right). These men along with O37576 Flight Lieutenant Robert Andrew Macintosh, and co-pilot O37553 Geoffrey Alfred Banfield, flew the Bell UH-1B Iroquois A2-1019 during Operation Bribie. This aircraft is now part of the Australian War Memorial's collection.

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