Portuguese Air Force in Combat – Counter insurgency (COIN)

Information kindly supplied by former PoAF T6-G pilot Joao M. Vidal

 

The T-6G was also used in a light attack or counter insurgency role by France during the Algerian War in special Escadrilles d’Aviation Légère d’Appui (EALA), armed with machine guns, bombs and rockets. At its peak, 38 EALAs were active. The largest unit was the Groupe d’Aviation Légère d’Appui 72, which consisted of up to 21 EALAs.

From 1961 to 1975, Portugal used more than a hundred T-6Gs, also in the counterinsurgency role, during the Portuguese Colonial War. During this war, almost all the Portuguese Air Forcebases and air fields in Angola, Mozambique, and Portuguese Guinea had a detachment of T-6Gs.

 

 

Portuguese T6 Harvard “Bombed up”

 

 

Harvard with guns

 

 

 

               

 

 

BOMB RELEASE SWITCHES

 

 

RADIO EQUIPMENT

 

 

 

 

 

GUN SIGHTS