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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, 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 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...

Recollectons of Early Days by Ray Scott

Recollectons of Early Days by Ray Scott

Recollectons 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...

Owen Cooke, The Airmen’s Airman

Owen Cooke, The Airmen’s Airman

Warrant Officer OWEN COOKE MID, RAAF ‘The Airmen’s Airman’ At the outbreak of WW 2, Owen Cooke was in Warwick, Queensland, working as an apprentice motor mechanic. He joined the Royal Australian Air Force on 6 November 1939, given the RAAF Service Number 6043 and thus...

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 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...

Trevor Moxham

Trevor Moxham

My recollections of PNG and New Brittain (Hazy at best!) from Trevor Moxham – 9 SQN 8 Jan 73 to 29 May 79 PNG 20 May 73 It was in May73 that I was sent to PNG on my first of many attachments. Before departing for the highlands a quick shopping trip was needed for...

Letters Home – FLTLT Ian Clark

Letters Home – FLTLT Ian Clark

Letters To and From Home As the Vietnam War era preceded the existence of e-mailing and mobile phones with texting, writing and receiving letters from family and loved ones was exceedingly important particularly for the No. 9 Squadron personnel who were married. FLTLT...