Baghdad Express

Special Operations Assault into Iraq

by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas (LTC)

Original 36"x 54" Acrylic/Canvas Painting
found in Collection of U.S. Army Center of Military History, Washington, D.C.

 Background:
    Special Operations/Delta Force commando teams were used extensively in the days before and during Operation Desert Storm.   They performed small team assaults into Iraq and Iraqi occupied Kuwait, to eliminate high priority targets, etc.   The Special Operations helicopters were heavily equipped with electronics designed to jam enemy radar, thereby, making our aircraft invisible in the night sky. 

This CH-47 Chinook helicopter has delivered its load to an undisclosed location deep in Iraq, but was detected by enemy searchlights and then fired upon.   The crew chief, a young soldier from Savannah, Georgia, is returning fire with his M-60 machine gun stinger.  

Artist Frank Thomas learned of this particular Chinook 'chopper' and its story when he went to the army air field at King Kalid Military City, Saudi Arabia, after learning of a helicopter forced to land on a stack of army mattresses because its rear wheels had been shot off.   The previously 'undisclosed location' was actually Baghdad.

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