Readers...For the past two weeks I'm totally engrossed in writing the manuscript for the proposed book. I made numerous calls to my colleagues, not only to request them to pen their experiences but also to confirm certain facts, such as dates, airframe number, crew, etc. At about 1840 hr on 21 May, 2010, I made a call to a colleague asking for an incident which involved him being shot by the communist terrorists (CTs).
He is now with MHS and stationed at Kerteh. However, at the time when I called him, he was at Shah Alam. He was unable to confirm the date since his 'Log Book' is at Kerteh. Anyway, I related my story for his confirmation. The task involved 3 Nuri and I was the Flight Leader. He (callsign 'Juliet 2) and another captain (Juliet 3) were 'D cat' captains, ie, they were not authorised to fly troops, only freights. On coming to a hover at an LP with the underslung loads of packed rations, the CTs shot at him from all directions. He managed to release the load and took off. The other captain, Juliet 3, informed me of the shooting while troops were embarking onto my Nuri at Kroh.
I directed Juliet 2 to land at Ban Chang Tharat landing strip (LS) and the gunship to escort; Juliet 3 to accompany Juliet 2. On landing at the LS, the troops in my Nuri were deployed to provide security protection and I directed the crew of Juliet 2 to take over my Nuri which was not shut down. I checked the damaged Nuri personally and found that only one generator was hit by the bullets, so I reckoned it was safe to fly back the Nuri to Kroh. This hero directed Juliet 2 to fly the troops back to Kroh and Juliet 3 and gunship to escort me. Additional instruction to Juliet 3 was to pick me and my crew should I have to make a forced landing.
On reaching Kroh, my Squadron Commander contacted me for my plan of action. I told him that I would be flying back the 'lame' Nuri to Butterworth.
Later on, I was told that the tail rotor shaft was hit by the bullets. I never knew the severity of the damage on the Nuri. All I was aware of was that one generator was unserviceable. If I had known this, of course I would request for a recovery. I suppose Almighty Allah had spared me so that I can live to tell this story.