Sappers from 2 Field Troop, 1 Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers (RAE), inspect the ...

Accession Number P05389.009
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Film original transparency (positive) 35mm
Maker Tick, John
Place made Vietnam: Long Khanh Province
Date made June 1971
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright

Description

Sappers from 2 Field Troop, 1 Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers (RAE), inspect the wreckage of Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter of 9 Squadron RAAF. On 7 June 1971, while undertaking a resupply mission for troops engaged on Operation Overlord, the helicopter crashed in the jungle after being hit by ground fire. The captain, O316996 Flight Lieutenant Everitt Murray Lance, and the gunner, A317809 Corporal David John Dubber, were killed in the crash, while two other crewmen escaped with relatively minor injuries. The sappers later used C4 explosive to destroy the wreckage to prevent any part of it from falling into enemy hands.