A Sangley based 15th Strike Wing T-28 "Tora-Tora" COIN aircraft prepares to land in Basa Air Base, home of the 5th fighter Wing after CAS/COIN mission in the region.
PAF T-28 "Tora-Tora" releases a general purpose bomb to a rebel target as the aircraft operated at the Tactical Advance Command Post in Cauayan,Isabela.
A flight of T-28's readied by its crew chiefs and pilots for a COIN mission armed with cluster grenades and general purpose bombs attached in their wing pylons. An old airplane proven effective.
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“SCRAMBLE” FAF AT-28s taking off from Basa Air Base, Pampanga - Castor Amper
TROJAN DOWN... HUEY TO THE RESCUE.
Then Lt. Ben Maturan a former aviation cadet of the Philippine Air Force Flying School and a member of class 1973 together with his flight leader then Ltc.Andres Samson also a former aviation cadet of the Philippine Air Force Flying School and a member of class 1963, both attack pilots of 15th Strike Wing were flying an AT-28D's Trojan for a close air support (CAS) mission.
Sometime in 1974, with the death of LTC ANTONIO BAUTISTA fresh in the minds of the PAF pilots, over at CASF Cotabato, Combat Air Patrols were regularly being done whenever fighter jets are operating in the battle area as which require only minutes to effect a rescue of any downed pilot.
Nothing illustrates this operational set-up than the rescue of Lt. Ben Maturan flying an AT-28D Trojan during a three Army battalion sweep, South of Lake Lanao with then Ltc. Andres Samson as his element lead. Lt. Ben Maturan's AT-28D's engine stopped operating during the climb out after CAS mission and forced landed on Malabang.The UH-1H who was also operating in the area overheard the radio communication of the two AT-28Ds and proceeded to rescue the downed Trojan pilot.
Ltc. Andres Samson who was the flight leader, provided as much protection to his wingman as he can by flying cover over the field under enemy control, he even considered landing in the area to attempt pick-up his wingman Lt. Ben Maturan and put him at the back seat of his AT-28D. Fortunately the UH-1H aircrew who was also operating near the area, arrived in the scene within 5 minutes and extricated Lt. Ben Maturan.
Kudos to then Ltc. Andres Samson for protecting his wingman under enemy infested area and to the Huey pilots and crew for saving our attack pilot.
FROM THE STORY OF A PAF VETERAN
By PAFAces Francis Neri PAFFS CL'95
With thanks from PAFAces Andres R. Samson PAFFS CL'63