Possums & Bird Dogs: Australian Army Aviation's 161 Reconnaissance Flight in South Vietnam

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Pacification:
March–December 1969

The aftermath of the Tet Offensive gave way by April 1969 to a less reactive basis for task force operations. From mid-1969, the task force settled back into a program of pacification of Phuoc Tuy province. The aim, as always, was to deny the enemy both the comfort of his strongholds and access to the towns and villages. In the task force, 5RAR had replaced 1RAR for its second tour and was experienced in the field. May had seen 6RAR begin its second tour, while 9RAR would complete its tour in December. Morale in the battalions was buoyed by the ongoing success of infantry operations supported by armour. The support units were well established and their capabilities continued to grow. The task force commander presided over a real ‘going concern’ and structured his operations accordingly.

The period from March to June 1969 was eventful for the Possums. Second Lieutenant Phil Stevens chalked up notable results on VRs with several engagements to his credit. His persistence and skill in pinpointing enemy targets for helicopter fire teams and air strikes was acknowledged by the award of an MID. Later, on 15 May, Possum Master Harry Benson also crossed swords with the enemy in a determined action which contributed to the award of the DFC for his service in Vietnam. His citation relates that:

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