Today, 26 April 2013...37th year of the tragic ending of Nuri FM1715...
26 April 1976... FM1715, the 'the hunted, not the hunter', was shot down (click here)
.....killing all the 11 unsung and forgotten heroes on board the 'Iron Bird' after being shot down by the communist terrorists in the Gubir ops area...
Besides the above tragic incident, 2 Air Rescue Team members from RGK, were also killed in the Nuri by the enemies in 2 separate incidents while the 'egg-beater' was at the LPs during "Ops Selamat Sawadee".
Arwah L/Cpl Ismail bin Haji Ahmad PGB was killed on 16/8/1978
Last flight for arwah L/Cpl Md Sibki in the Nuri, killed on 31/10/1978, from Kroh (Pangkalan Hulu) to his birthplace
Early this month, I received a call from a lady reader of my book. She told me that she knew a wife of one of the heroes killed in the Nuri which went down in Gubir when she followed her late policeman husband to Kelantan. The widow of the hero was from Kelantan but the hero wasn't a Kelantanese. According to the reader, the latest she heard about the widow was that she had passed away alone in her house. Her death was only discovered when one of her children failed to reach her through the phone. Suspecting that something was amiss, he/she alerted the neighbours. On checking, it was found that the mother had passed away 2 days before.
The reader wasn't able to furnish the details since she's no longer staying in Kelantan. I really hope those who know about this sad episode would elaborate further by emailing it to me.