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North American T-6 Harvard

Around 15h00 on 24 April 1961 Tri Pacer OT-CGU flown by 1Sgt. Major Verborgh on a liaison flight between Gabiro and Kigali (Ruanda) suffered an engine failure due to metal-fatigue of an exhaust-valve. In the emergency landing that followed the aircraft overturned and all four occupants were injured. Although severely wounded the pilot managed to rescue his passengers and radioed for help. Two wounded occupants were transported to safety by Alouette II helicopter to Kigali. For his brave actions which saved the lives of the occupants, 1Sgt. Major Verborgh was awarded the "Prix Monseur 1962".

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