Incident during Operation Townsville

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Incident during Operation Townsville, 20 April 1970

Free Fire Zone incident, 20 April 1970

Near miss: Members of Whiskey 3 Company cool off in the ocean during Operation Townsville, 20 April 1970. Moments later, a US aircraft almost attacked the New Zealanders, after initially mistaking them for VC. Read more about this incident.


Photos taken by Pte Chris Stock, W3 Coy HQ. First published on W3 website.

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