|The driver of this Caribou was very lucky. We normally considered
3,000' AGL (Above Ground Level) to be sufficient protection from small arms fire. This
aircraft, however, was acquired and fired upon by a radar-aimed quad 50 caliber while
enroute to Tay Ninh, west of Saigon. One engine was rendered inoperative and the aircraft
was riddled with holes, but the aircraft commander did a great job of both reporting the
position of the gun and landing the aircraft. A strike was called in on the gun
emplacement and it was never heard from again. Seems like a high price to pay for
supplementing the air conditioning system of a Caribou.