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18 Jun 1986
USAF 86 TFW
USAF 10 TFS
27 Feb 1991
USAF 10 TFS
Deployment: Desert Storm
Shot down during Desert Storm by SAM. The pilot, Capt. William Andrews, ejected and became a POW, but was released eight days later after the end of the war. Reportedly had been flying too low and hit by a SA-16. Awarded the Air Force Cross for preventing missile shooters from getting a wingman. A UH-60A (78-23015) was shot down trying to rescue the F-16 pilot. Five of its crew died while three where taken prisoner. The aircraft carried nose art at the time applied for the war. Art was a blond woman in a white bikini lying sideways on the right side of the aircraft below the canopy. Before the aircraft was destroyed it flew 43 combat missions.
This was a great Jet with an exceptional record of Code #1 sorties. It had 43 code #1 sorties in the Gulf prior to being shot down. The Assigned Pilot was Prior Thunderbird solo pilot KC Schow who has sinced passed away and the Pilot who was shot down was Capt Bill Andrews
Capt Andrews was not flying too low during the mission on 27 Feb, he was executing the orders given by ABCCC to scout the location for signs of Iraqi movement. A mid-level deck of clouds and oil smoke necessitated going underneath to perform the mission. Capt Andrews and his wingman were rapidly engaged by Republican Guard forces on the ground once underneath the clouds. Please correct this misleading information.
Evan Thomas, #3 of Bill Andrew's 4-ship on 27 Feb
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