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AH-64 ● Friendly Fire Incident ● Full Video LTC Ralph Hayles Iraq ● Feb 17, 1991 ● Apache Helicopter

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Published on 19 Sep 2022 / In News and Politics

AH-64 Apache Helicopter Friendly Fire Incident Actual Unedited In-Cockpit Video of LTC Ralph Hayles, Feb 17, 1991, Iraq.

In Memoriam: SGT Jeffery Middleton and PVT Robert Talley were killed by friendly fire from an Apache helicopter on February 17, 1991, prior to the start of the ground war during Operation Desert Storm. SGT Middleton and PVT Talley were among 35 friendly fire casualties during the Persian Gulf War.

Full length video of the actual in-cockpit recording. Unedited. Raw footage.

On February 17, 1991, at approximately 1:00 a.m. (Persian Gulf Time), a U.S. Bradley Fighting Vehicle (Bradley) and an M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (M113) were destroyed by two Hellfire missiles fired from an Apache helicopter commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Hayles. Two U.S. soldiers, SGT Jeffery Middleton and PVT Robert Talley, were killed and six others were wounded in the incident.

The incident occurred after U.S. ground forces, which were deployed along an east-west line 5 kilometers north of the Saudi-Iraqi border, reported several enemy sightings north of their positions. In response, ground commanders called for Apache reconnaissance of the area. A team of three Apaches subsequently found two vehicles, which appeared to be those described by ground forces. These vehicles were, in fact, a Bradley and an M113.

The Apache helicopters had apparently drifted into a location that caused the pilots to believe that they were looking at enemy territory.

Hayles was relieved of command for violating orders by leading the mission himself.

Hayles later went on to dedicate his life to championing new technology designed to identify friendly forces with certainty and prevent fratricide from ever happening again.

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