ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56225
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Narrative:8th April 2003: During a combat operation (close air support to ground troops) as part of Operation "Iraqi Freedom", USAF A-10A Thunderbolt II 78-0691/ID of 190th FS, 124th FW, Idaho Air National Guard, USAF, was shot down by Iraqi surface-to-air fire (possibly a Roland SAM) south west of Baghdad, and crashed near Baghdad International Airport. (at approximate Coordinates: 33°15′45″N, 044°14′04″E). Pilot ejected safely, and was recovered by friendly forces.
Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II
|Owner/operator:||190th FS, 124th FW, Idaho ANG, USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| A10-0311|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Baghdad International Airport, Baghdad -
|Departure airport:||Ahmed Al Jaber AB, Kuwait|
The pilot, Captain Kim N. Campbell, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while participating in aerial flight as an A-10 fighter pilot, of the 75th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait on 7 April 2003. On that date, at North Baghdad Bridge, Iraq, flying as callsign "Yard 06", Captain Campbell’s professional skill and airmanship directly contributed to the successful close air support of ground forces from the 3rd Infantry Division and recovery of an A-10 with heavy battle damage.
While ingressing her original target area, Captain Campbell was diverted to a troops-in-contact situation where enemy forces had positioned themselves within 400 meters of the advancing friendly forces and were successfully preventing the lead elements of the 3rd Infantry Division from crossing the North Baghdad Bridge.
Unable to eliminate the enemy without severe losses, the ground forward air controller had requested immediate close air support. After a quick situation update and target area study, Captain Campbell expertly employed 2.75 inch high explosive rockets on the enemy position that had been threatening the advancing forces, scoring a direct hit and silencing the opposition.
During her recovery from the weapons delivery pass, a surface-to-air missile impacted the tail of Captain Campbell’s aircraft. Immediately taking corrective action, she isolated the hydraulic systems and placed the A-10 into the manual reversion flight control mode of flight and prepared for the long and tenuous return flight to Kuwait.
Captain Campbell’s aviation prowess and coolness under pressure directly contributed to the successful completion of the critical mission and recovery of a valuable combat aircraft. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Captain Campbell reflect great credit upon herself and the United States Air Force. She thus became the first USAF female pilot to be awarded a DFC for valour in combat operations.
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]|
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]|
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