BRER RABBIT AND THE IRON BUTTERFLY

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BRER RABBIT AND THE IRON BUTTERFLY

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On May, 3, 1970 at about 2:00 P.M A U.S. ARMY RU-8D aircraft from the 138th Aviation Co. ‘BRER RABBIT’ climbs up to inspect a USAF EC-47 from the 362nd TEWS out of Pleiku, AB named ‘IRON BUTTERFLY’.

The EC-47 had taken 37mm ground fire while on a patrol and asked for the assistance of the 138th aircraft which they knew was also in the area. The gunner on the ground waited until the aircraft had passed overhead to fire so as not to be detected. Thus, the tail section behind the wing root was peppered with rounds. Amazingly, not a single round hit anything vital in the aircraft control linkage and no aircrew were injured.

The RU-8D climbed up to inspect the damage on the EC-47’s tail section and determined the aircraft wasn’t mortally wounded but should head back to base.

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On May, 3, 1970 at about 2:00 P.M A U.S. ARMY RU-8D aircraft from the 138th Aviation Co. ‘BRER RABBIT’ climbs up to inspect a USAF EC-47 from the 362nd TEWS out of Pleiku, AB named ‘IRON BUTTERFLY’.

The EC-47 had taken 37mm ground fire while on a patrol and asked for the assistance of the 138th aircraft which they knew was also in the area. The gunner on the ground waited until the aircraft had passed overhead to fire so as not to be detected. Thus, the tail section behind the wing root was peppered with rounds. Amazingly, not a single round hit anything vital in the aircraft control linkage and no aircrew were injured.

The RU-8D climbed up to inspect the damage on the EC-47’s tail section and determined the aircraft wasn’t mortally wounded but should head back to base.