I am part of a CH-47 Unit preparing to deploy. We just lost a good portion of our M9s due to an outdated MTOE. While I am doing my operational needs statement for ordering more, I am looking to site examples of aviation crashes where the only thing the aviator has after the crash is what is on their person. (the door gunners M240 in mounted and not easily dismounted in a crash, and useless in a rollover, and the pilots M4 is mounted and hard to access after a crash sequence) Does anyone have concrete examples that I may use in my Operational Needs Statement?
Look into the 101st bird shot down in Somalia by an RPG. Pilots were the only survivors. PC pulled PI out of the burning wreckage, held hostiles off with only an M-9 until an APC came and got them out. PC received the Silver Star and actually got to buy that M-9 from the gov't, at his insisting and a Senators help, at the govt's price.