According to recent reporting from Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, the details surrounding the failed CV-22 insertion into Bor, South Sudan in support of the evacuation of American citizens in December 2013 have been released.

The mission began “in the early hours of 21 December 2013, when three Hurlburt Field, FL-based CV-22 Ospreys belonging to the 8th Special Operations Squadron” launched a mission in order to evacuate American citizens from the onslaught of violence between antigovernment militants and government forces in the contested city of Bor, as SOFREP has previously reported.

After flying through three countries and covering a distance of 790 nautical miles, the three-ship of Ospreys arrived at their objective location, the United Nations compound (which SOFREP has previously covered when the compound was overrun in late 2013, resulting in the deaths of several UN peacekeepers), on time.  Upon arrival in Bor, the Ospreys performed a reconnaissance overflight of the compound in order to “gather intelligence on ground activities”, which revealed no abnormal patterns of life or immediate threats.

UNMISS compound in Bor, courtesy of talkradionews.com

However, while on initial approach to the UN compound, the formation “came under heavy fire from heavy machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades, and small arms fire”, hitting the three aircraft an impressive 119 times.  This barrage of gunfire and RPGs instantly caused “multiple system failures on each of the three Ospreys…[to include] damage to flight control systems, hydraulics, and fuel leaks.”  It also resulted in the wounding of four special operations personnel, which SOFREP has confirmed to be Navy SEALs working with SEAL Team 3.