Leading Aircrewman Noel Ervin Shipp

Leading Aircrewman Shipp was a helicopter door gunner with the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam, which served with the US Army’s 135th Assault Helicopter Company.  On 31 May 1969, during a troop extraction, Shipp’s helicopter came under heavy fire, was hit and crashed – killing all on board.  Shipp was seen to be hanging out of the aircraft directing fire at the enemy as the aircraft went down.  Shipp received no awards for this action.

In 2011, Shipp was listed in the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry into unresolved recognition for past acts of naval and military gallantry and valour.  The following link is to Chapter 18 of the Report of the Inquiry which focusses on Shipp.

Chapter 18 – Leading Aircrewman Noel Ervin Shipp

The Tribunal received 13 written submissions regarding Leading Aircrewman Shipp.  These are listed below:

Submissions Received:

 Submission 035A – Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia

Submission 035B – Fleet Air Arm Association of Australia

Submission 047 – Commander Ed Bell RAN

Submission 099 – Mr G Wilson Annex M_Shipp

Submission 123 – The Naval Association of Australia

Submission 124 – Mr Richard Pelvin

Submission 145 – Commander Ian (Max) Speedy DSC RANR

Submission 187 – Mr Walker Knight

Submission 188 – Mr R G Markwell

Submission 189 – Mr Michael Guard

Submission 250 – Mrs Gloria O’Flaherty

Statement tendered at hearing by Captain Robert Ray RAN

Statement tendered prior to interview by Mr Bob Anders

by Ken McFadyen
Oil on canvas on hardboard, 1968

RAAF's first operation over North Korea
Robert Taylor
Oil on canvas, 1986