By Peter Nolan
Possums and fowl canine: Australian military Aviation's 161 Reconnaissance Flight in South Vietnam КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Allen & UnwinАвтор(ы): Peter NolanЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2006Количество страниц: 265ISBN: 1-74114-635-6Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 2,17 mbThe tale of 161 Reconnaissance Flight, the Australian military Aviation unit deployed to Vietnam from September 1965 to March 1972, instructed via unit and private documents, pilot and plane log books and private interviews with veterans. RAPIDили IFOLDER zero
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6 RAAF–Army relations Issues of discipline and morale arose between Army and RAAF personnel during the early period of 161’s deployment. These are described in the official history7 and are not discussed at length here. In brief, it appears that there were two problems. They worked and flew under stressful conditions in an unfamiliar setting while at the same time trying to build adequate maintenance and living areas. Although under-resourced they had to produce the required results by whatever means.
The arrival at Bien Hoa would have been spectacular but less than impressive if an American fighter had taken out a Sioux on the approach. Fortunately, disaster was avoided and the Flight’s personnel began the tasks of establishing camp and setting up for operations and maintenance. Bien Hoa, originally a French military post on the northern outskirts of Bien Hoa city, was by 1965 a huge air base. It was home to United States Air Force strike and ground attack aircraft, the US Army 173rd Airborne Brigade and a host of support units including large numbers of UH-1B Iroquois helicopters for insertion of troops into the field.
Others felt uncomfortable because they were less well trained than their Army counterparts in the use of weapons and operational procedures but were expected to measure up in the Army way as ‘soldiers first and tradesmen second’. The second problem was that, although the RAAF maintenance personnel were under the functional command of 161’s OC at Bien Hoa, they were placed on the posted strength of the RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam at Vung Tau for the purposes of administration, pay and discipline.
Possums and Bird Dogs: Australian Army Aviation's 161 Reconnaissance Flight in South Vietnam by Peter Nolan