The 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment is an attack helicopter battalion that is a sub unit of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade (1ACB), the aviation brigade for the 1st Cavalry Division. The battalion is an AH-64D Apache task force based out of Fort Hood, Texas. In the early hours of 24 March, 2003, Apache attack helicopters of the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, fought a fierce battle with units of Iraq's Republican elite Medina Division units between the cities of Karbala and Al Hillah, about 96 kilometers (60 miles) south of Baghdad. During the battle, one of the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters (99-5135) of 'C' Company, 227th Aviation Regiment received a hit which damaged the Flight Management Computer. Losing control, the pilot had to make an emergency landing and come down in a field near Karbala, about 60 miles southwest of Baghdad, close to the site where the fierce predawn battle took place. The two pilots were captured and held as prisoners of war for 21 days before being rescued by US forces. The disabled helicopter was destroyed on the ground by Coalition aircraft and so that none of the classified electronic systems on-board would be salvaged.
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