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