A helicopter, possibly of 9 Squadron RAAF, has landed in a jungle clearing at Xa Bang in ...

Accession Number P02975.016
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Film original transparency (positive) 35mm
Maker Paule, John Alan
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province
Date made c 1969
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
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Description

A helicopter, possibly of 9 Squadron RAAF, has landed in a jungle clearing at Xa Bang in response to purple smoke which is visible in the centre. This image, taken from a command and control ship above, also features a large bomb crater in the foreground. The smoke was probably thrown by a Special Air Service (SAS) patrol signalling the end of their mission requiring immediate exfiltration from the field to report tactical intelligence to their base.

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