THE moment a hero Chinook pilot was shot in the head during a rescue mission in Afghanistan has been captured in footage obtained by The Sun.
Our video below shows Flight Lieutenant Ian Fortune, 28, battling to save the 18 men on board his £30million helicopter.
In clips seen for the first time, he is heard calmly telling his passengers: "Just to let you know, I took a round through my front windscreen which came up and hit me in the head.
"I've got a bit of a crack and a bleed there."
The bullet-riddled Chinook then starts malfunction and Flt Lt Fortune is heard saying: "MAYDAY. This is Tricky 73. Nine miles to the south."
He steered the chopper back to base despite being covered in blood - and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross.
The drama near Garmsir, Helmand, unfolded as he picked up casualties in a firefight between US forces and rebels.
As Flt Lt Fortune, of Kingston, Surrey, lifted off, a bullet penetrated his helmet, causing severe bleeding. More bullets hit the controls.
Mike Brewer, who was on board filming a Discovery Channel documentary, said: "The Chinook was bucking around - limping back to base.
"When we made it back engineers looked at the helicopter with open mouths. No one can understand how it could be shot 12 times and still fly."