Flight into Elizabethville under fire with ‘A’ Company 36th Battalion (December 1961)
Interviewed for MAOHP - 24/06/2016
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_001_A
Location(s): Elizabethville Katanga Congo
In this piece of audio taken from an interview on 24th June 2016, you will hear retired Colonel Peter Feely, a veteran of the Congo and one of three Platoon Commanders at the Battle of the Tunnel (December 1961). Colonel Feely was one of 14 men from 'A' Company of 36th Battalion, who received a DSM (Distinguished Service Medal). In this clip, Colonel Feely speaks about his own arrival in Elizabethville in December 1961 on a Globemaster plane. He outlines some of the difficulties they faced including the uniforms they were given. He also recalls hearing the sounds of bullets hitting the plane as they got closer to Elizabethville. Colonel Feely explains that the immediate reaction for Infantry soldiers in the plane was to 'Cover, crawl, observe and fire' and recalls that the men on the plane 'hit the deck' automatically but then sat on their helmets. Peter explains the reasons they were fired on while flying low over the town of Elizabethville.