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Type:Silhouette image of generic B47G model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Westland Sioux AH.1
Owner/operator:Queens Dargoon Guards, British Army Air Corps
Registration: XT173
MSN: WA332
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Temple Cliffs, Crater, Aden -   Yemen
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Waterloo Lines
Destination airport:Temple Cliff
At 12:50 on 20 June 1967, a Sioux helicopter was shot down as it was positioning an Observation Post (OP) on Temple Cliffs...

"The Loss of Helicopter XT 173 and The Actions of Fusilier John Duffy D.C.M.

A helicopter attempting to land Fusiliers at an Observation Point on Temple Cliffs above Crater crashed whilst coming under heavy fire from the Armed Police. The pilot, Sgt Martin Forde of the Queens Dragoon Guards, sustained gunshot wounds to his right knee, and was unable to control the rotor.

As he attempted to land, the rotor blades struck the sides of a ravine. Forde managed to keep the aircraft upright as it descended, and dreading an ensuing fire when the helicopter struck down, frantically flicked off all switches and transmitted a "May Day" which was acknowledged.

Lance Corporal Keightley was being carried in a litter at the side of the helicopter, Fusilier Duffy was seated next to Forde in the aircraft. In the resulting crash, Keightley lost a leg. Under fire, Duffy rescued Keightley and Forde, who was still strapped into his seat, recovered a Self Loading Rifle (SLR) and an A41 man pack radio from the helicopter before it was completely destroyed, tended the wounded and called for assistance.

About 45 minutes later, a Wessex helicopter arrived on scene, and deployed some Royal Marine Commandos to sort out the enemy snipers and rescue the 3 survivors. John Duffy was later awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. "




Revision history:

25-Oct-2011 09:57 Dr. John Smith Added
05-Feb-2012 12:03 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
29-Jun-2013 20:44 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
14-Aug-2013 15:20 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2015 06:27 ianuzzell Updated [Photo, ]
03-Jun-2015 12:47 James Carroll Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code]
04-Jun-2015 19:04 Leigh Kitchen Updated [Embed code]

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