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This APH-5 flight helmet belonged to Capt. Rupert Brooke of Attack Squadron 176 “Thunderbolts” during 1963-64 aboard USS Shangri-La (CV-38), flying Douglas AH-1 Skyraiders.

In May 1963 the USS Shangri-La with VA-176 on board was tasked to patrol the Carribean Sea during the period of unresting political situations in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Later, in 1966, the squadron participated in its first Vietnam cruise aboard USS Intrepid (CV-11).


On 9th October 1966, Lt.(j.g.) William Patton managed to shoot down a North Vietnamese MiG-17 with his 20mm cannon while flying a rescue mission over North Vietnam.




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