Military Admits 4 Choppers Were Shot Down. Related: At least 27 of the 53 US choppers lost since “Mission Accomplished” were shot down

Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the chief American military spokesman in Iraq confirmed that 4 helicopters lost recently in Iraq did not crash but were brought down by enemy fire

This is the first time that the US military has publicly
acknowledged that the four US helicopters were lost to enemy fire and
not to crashes as announced earlier.

He said that “it
does appear they were all the result of some kind of anti-Iraqi ground
fire that did bring those helicopters down.”

Tomorrow’s Stars and Stripes has an article on downed helicopters in Iraq. It included this bit of info…

According to the latest numbers from the Brookings Institution’s Iraq index,
more than 52 American military helicopters have been lost since May 2003, with
about half of those shot down by enemy fire.

The precise numbers from Brookings Institute Iraq Index (p.22)…

Of the 53 helicopters downed in Iraq since May
2003, at least 27 were downed by enemy fire.

I didn’t realize it was that many.

3 thoughts on “Military Admits 4 Choppers Were Shot Down. Related: At least 27 of the 53 US choppers lost since “Mission Accomplished” were shot down

  1. dan mcenroe says:

    the pentagon is actively lying about and covering up the causes of chopper crashes, especially apaches. gilliard’s written extensively about it. seems the thinking is we can’t have the world knowing that our hi-tech jillion-dollar whirlybirds of doom can be brought down by a well-placed rpg hit.

  2. As I wrote elsewhere, that “at least” is the key. Chances are 10:1 the number is actually 95% of the choppers that have gone down were either shot down or went down evading enemy fire.
    And if two choppers crash at night, because they have to fly at night to avoid enemy fire, shouldn’t that count effectively as “killed by hostile action,” even if there were no immediate hostile action at the time? Of course it should.

  3. MapleStreet says:

    Dumb question – does it make it look any better that we had so many choppers go down without benefit of hostile activity?

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