Unforgetable Flying Experience
This is my second incidence that happen during "Selamat Sawdee Operation" that took place at one of the Lp's. unfortunately I could not recalled the date and the tasking detail.
Crew - Mej (u) Chong Keng Ley - A/c Captain
2Lt (u) Johan - co - pilot
Sgt Mohsain -Aqm
Sgt Hamzah D'Souza-Aqm ( Standard Checker)
Kpl Sipki - RGK air rescue team
L/Kpl Mohd Temiri - RGK air rescue team
It was a clear day in Kroh and the tasking was battalion changer over (I've forgotten the battalion involve)I can still remember the tasking and at the same time supposed to be my standard check before I go for my category upgrading. Its the first sortie, I'm very familiar with the area because this is the area my aircraft been shot at together with Kpt (u) Nor Ibrahim.
As per normal flying in the ops area the artillery will do their part and followed by the gunship strafing using high explosive bullet.
Clearance was given by the gunship for us to go in, we approached as normal, and request permission to open the cargo door. I started to patter the aircraft at forward 60 ( standard at fwd loc) 40,20,10 and clear descending down 20............... unfamiliar sound heard from the left........a/c captain start shouting through the intercom " I've been shot" , Sgt Souza was at my left , Temiri was in front and Sibki at the back, aircraft captain pull away back to Kroh. During the flight to Kroh we realise Kpl Sibki lying motionless with blood oozing from his stomach and I informed the captain that Kpl Sibki was shot.
As we landed at Kroh ,Kpl Sibki was sent to RSAT and was pronounce dead. The body of late Kpl Sibki was sent back to his hometown for burial. Alfatihah.....
I called L/Cpl Mohd Temiri a few days ago to know more about the story. According to him, he was positioned at the front door of the Nuri to provide fire support on the left side. When he saw the late Cpl Sibki collapsed and the helicopter had airborne, he rushed to help his buddy. A bullet had hit Cpl Sibki in the left armpit and had penetrated through the right armpit. Blood was oozing profusely. He bandaged the wound using a field dressing but it did stop the blood from flowing. He held his buddy's head on his lap and recited the 'syahadah' minutes before Cpl Sibki succumbed to his injuries and....gone forever! Al-Fatihah.
The last flight for arwah L/Cpl Mohd Sibki from Kroh to his hometown who was killed in the Nuri FM 1724...
Source: No 3 Sqn's Scrap Book
Encik Mohsain and En Mohd Temiri...Thank you for your contributions.