RAAF 9 Squadron

Albatross to Black Hawk:

A Historical Record

13 April 1966-8 May 1967

13 April 1966-8 May 1967

9 Squadron South Vietnam 1966-1967 9 Squadron RAAF departure from Butterworth Malaysia to Vung Tau, South Vietnam 13 April 1966. Arrival at Vung Tau. Tent City. 34528 Douglas (Jock) Bowie exiting from the Ettamoogah Pub, Tent City. 110259 Don Hull at Tent City....

Vietnamese & Australian  joint operations 1969

Vietnamese & Australian joint operations 1969

Vietnamese & Australians on joint operation DPR/TV/1201 The seven-week marriage of an Australian infantry company with a Vietnamese battalion ends this week in a five-day operation in the hills north-west of the Task Force base at Nui Dat in Phuoc Tuy Province,...

11 May 1970 Engine change in the field

11 May 1970 Engine change in the field

Record time for chopper engine change On May 10, 1970, an Iroquis of 9 Squadron was in preparation to take off from Kanga Pad at Nui Dat, the 1st Australian Task Force Base. Once checks were complete, the helicopter began lift-off by entering into a hover. While...

OFF–DUTY ACTIVITIES, No. 9 SQUADRON RAAF SVN PERSONNEL

OFF–DUTY ACTIVITIES, No. 9 SQUADRON RAAF SVN PERSONNEL

OFF–DUTY ACTIVITIES, No. 9 SQUADRON RAAF SVN PERSONNEL IntroductionConsidering the hectic tempo and very high flying hour rate of the daily Iroquois helicopter (planned and un-planned) flying operations, all No. 9 Squadron people valued their off – duty time, even...

Battle of Long Tan

Battle of Long Tan

During the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966 two No. 9 Squadron Iroquois flown by Flight Lieutenants Cliff Dohle and Frank Riley completed a hazardous mission to resupply D Company, 6 RAR which was heavily outnumbered and running dangerously low on ammunition. The...

9SQN Formation 1939

9SQN Formation 1939

No. 9 Squadron was formed on 1 January 1939 at RAAF Base Richmond by renumbering No. 5 Squadron. On formation, the squadron’s first commanding officer was a Royal Air Force officer, Squadron Leader J.A.S. Brown. As Australia’s only fleet co-operation squadron No. 9...

Short Stories from Vietnam by Lloyd Knight

Foreword Like many veterans of many wars, I have seldom told of my combat/overseas encounters. I did write a novel, Rainbow, No End, which contains some of my experiences in Korea and Japan in 1953. However, most of that story is a blend of real and imaginary events....

Recollections by Wing Commander Peter Spurgin

Recollections by Wing Commander Peter Spurgin

Recollections by Wing Commander Peter Spurgin, Commanding Officer No. 9 Squadron. January 1981 - November 1982 Overview During this period, No 9 Sqn was involved in, inter alia: Army support including troop training and Gunship fire-power demonstrations; Tactical...

Recollections by Wing Commander Nick Leray-Meyer

Recollections by Wing Commander Nick Leray-Meyer

Recollections by Wing Commander Nick Leray-Meyer AM Commanding Officer No. 9 Squadron RAAF. 2 January 1979 - 13 January 1981 Notification In early 1978, having just (somewhat reluctantly) settled into a new staff officer position at the newly formed Chief of Air Force...

Recollections of Early Days by Ray Scott

Recollections of Early Days by Ray Scott

Recollections of Early Days by Ray Scott In early 1961, when I was a squadron leader flight commander of No 34 Squadron at RAAF Base Fairbairn, rumours circulated that a helicopter squadron was to be formed, and that I was a possible commanding officer. These rumours...

9SQN Maintenance History, Vietnam

9SQN Maintenance History, Vietnam

Maintenance History This document has been reproduced from information given to FSGT PE. Kelly when he was a member of 5SQN (1978 to 1983). The original author and compiler of the statistics was Mac Weller. We thank him for his fore­thought in recording these...

SAS and No. 9 SQN RAAF SVN

SAS and No. 9 SQN RAAF SVN

SAS and No. 9 SQN RAAF SVN This is an extract from Episode 3, Phantoms of The Jungle, a documentary produced around 2014 about the ASASR in South Vietnam. The extract record what past CO No. 9 SQN RAAF SVN, WGCDR John Paule DSO AFC, and past SAS members stated:  ...

9SQN Detachment to Phnom Penh, Nov 29-Dec 1, 1970

  ANNEX A TO 9 Sqn A50 DECEMBER 1970 DETACHMENT TO PHNOM PENH 29TH NOVEMBER TO 1ST DECEMBER 1970 1. On Sunday 29th November 1970, a detachment of three 9 Squadron aircraft departed Vung Tau for Phnom Penh to provide support for the visit to some forward areas of...

Australian Army Tracker Dogs in Vietnam

Australian Army Tracker Dogs in Vietnam

Of all those sent to Vietnam eleven members of the Australian Army carried out their allotted tasks without a word of complaint, which was all the more commendable considering they could not return home when their tour of duty ended. These veterans were, of course,...

Bob Upham Photographs

Bob Upham Photographs

FLGOFF Bob Upham MID GDPLT, No. 9SQN RAAF SVN   Bob served in SVN with No. 9 SQN from21 January 1970 until 21 January 1971. He was a skilled ‘slick’ and gunship pilot, determined, highly respected and was valuable mentor for the less experienced aircrew. Also,...

No. 9 Squadron RAAF Iroquois ‘Gunships’

No. 9 Squadron RAAF Iroquois ‘Gunships’

In July 1968 a No. 9 Squadron ‘in-house’ Gunship Development commenced, led by (then) Squadron Leader Brian Dirou DFC, Pilot. The prototype aircraft was UH-1H A2-773 (displayed at the AWM in Canberra). Flight trials commenced and development continued until November....

Wing Commander Brian Dirou DFC

Wing Commander Brian Dirou DFC

Wing Commander Brian Dirou DFC, RAAF   The ‘Dirou’ family name emerged in France pre-15th century and a reef named ‘Les Dirouilles’ is located near Jersey in The Channel Islands. A forebear emigrated from near Brest in France to Australia in the mid-1800s and...