Flight Lieutenant Ian Fortune is heard calmly telling his passengers:
“Just to let you know, I took a round through my front windscreen which came up and hit me in the head. I’ve got a bit of a crack and a bleed there.”
The bullet-riddled Chinook then starts malfunction and Flt Lt Fortune is heard saying:
“MAYDAY. This is Tricky 73. Nine miles to the south.”
He steered the chopper back to base despite being covered in blood – and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross.The drama near Garmsir, Helmand, unfolded as he picked up casualties in a firefight between US forces and rebels.