Leading Air-crewman N. E. Shipp, (RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam), was killed in action. Five miles west of Dong Tam, Dinh Tuong province, Shipp was door gunner in the lead gunship escorting troop-carrying helicopters of the 11th Regiment, 7th ARVN Division. Because the troop-carrying helicopters came under heavy ground fire in the vicinity of the landing zone the gunships were ordered in to suppress enemy fire. In order to engage the enemy more closely with his M60 machine gun, Shipp hung out from the helicopter, which was encountering intense fire. During the course of the action his helicopter was hit, crash landed and burst into flames. LACM Noel Shipp, who was the only Australian in the crew, was seen to continue firing at the enemy until the moment of impact.
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