RAAF rescue mission: RAAF helicopter role in Operation Ballarat

Accession Number F02712
Collection type Film
Measurement 3 min 30 sec
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Maker RAAF Public Relations
Place made Vietnam: Vung Tau Special Zone, Vung Tau
Date made 16 August 1967
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

During operation Ballarat, Australian troops made contact with Viet Cong in thick jungle. RAAF No. 9 Squadron was scrambled to evacuate Australian casualties. Because of the thick jungle helicopters were unable to land and were winched up. United States helicopter gun ships gave covering fire to the RAAF craft. (not shown in visuals). Squadron Leader Jim Cox a flight commander was first into the area. He ran into enemy fire and the winch was shot away. He returned to base while the remainder of the flight continued with the operation. The wounded were quickly ferried back to the task force HQ and within minutes were on their way to Australian and American hospitals.

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