The Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum in the United Kingdom (UK) is displaying a Chinook helicopter used in combat during Sierra Leone’s civil war.

Famous Chinook ‘Bravo November’ is on display at our Midlands site, and the fuselage of a CH-47D in London,” the Museum said.

Chinook helicopters were used to rescue British troops captured by belligerent forces, West Side Boys at Okra Hills outside Freetown.

In August 2000, the West Side Boys captured British soldiers from the Royal Irish Regiment and their liaison officer, Lieutenant Musa Bangura while on patrol.

The UK launched Operation Barras to rescue their troops after unsuccessful negotiations with West Side Boys’ leader, Foday Kallay.

The British used 110 paratroopers backed by three chinook and two lynx helicopters.

Within 20 minutes, the Royal Irish Regiment and their liaison officer were rescued.

25 West Side Boys were killed with the British suffering from one casualty, Bradley Tinnion. Another twelve British soldiers were also injured.