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Crew of gunship ‘Spooky 41’ are all awarded medals after raining fire on ISIS militants for NINE hours to allow rescue of 15 wounded soldiers in Afghanistan battle likened to Iwo Jima

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Aircrew
of the AC-130U gunship ‘Spooky 41’ with Hurlburt Field’s 4th Special
Operations Squadron were honored at the military facility in Fort
Walton Beach

The
14-man crew received two Distinguished Flying Crosses and 12 Air
Medals for for providing nine hours of fire support

Crew
helped U.S. and coalition forces during April 2019 mission in
Afghanistan

While
allied forces battled ISIS on the ground, the crew of Spooky 41
helped to ensure the safe evacuation by helicopter of 15 injured
ground personnel

DFCs
are awarded for ‘Heroism or extraordinary achievement while
participating in an aerial flight’

The
crew of a U.S. gunship have been awarded bravery medals at a ceremony
in Florida after they rained fire down on Islamic State militants for
hours, as allied soldiers on the ground were whisked to safety.
Forces on the ground came under heavy fire from ISIS militants in
Nangarhar province, Afghanistan on April 3, 2019, in a ferocious
fight which one Major on the ground likened to infamous WW2 battle
Iwo Jima. They called for backup from ‘Spooky 41’ – a AC-13OU
gunship, and the Hercules-variant plane arrived within minutes to
provide covering fire and ensure medical helicopters could safely
evacuate the injured. The crew were up in the air for nine hours and
managed to suppress enemy fire during the evacuation of 15 wounded
soldiers.

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