The crash of a United States Army helicopter gunship (centre) outside the 1st Australian Task ...

Accession Number P02975.060
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Film original transparency (positive) 35mm
Maker Paule, John Alan
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province, Nui Dat
Date made April 1969
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright

Description

The crash of a United States Army helicopter gunship (centre) outside the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) base precipitated the first use of a Bell Iroquois UH-1H helicopter gunship (not in view) of 9 Squadron RAAF five days before they officially became operational in their new offensive role. This US helicopter had crashed on approach to the Kangaroo Pad whilst in support of operations underway by Australian troops. Dust trails over intersecting dirt roads signal the approach of military vehicles tasked for assistance. These RAAF gunships were identified by the callsign 'Bushranger'. (Black and white version of the same image is held at P01957.005)