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

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Index
1 Aust Fd Hosp, 203
1 Base Ordnance Depot, 16
1 CA Unit: role, 83; in Operation Ainslie, 92
1 Fd Sqn, RAE, 54, 70
1ALSG: 40, 45, 106, 191; Comp Ord Depot, 46; 2AOD, 194
1ATF: xxii, 23, 39– 41 passim, 63 Australian Govt decision to augment, 94–5; map, 69; map, deployment on Operation Coburg, 107; organisation and operational control, 39–40; perimeter defences, 58, 80, 151–2 see also Line Alpha and Line Bravo; selection of Nui Dat base area, 42–4; TAOR, 39, US operational and logistics support, 40
1RAR: xxii, 4, 10, 11, 24, 26, 32: 1RAR Gp, 20, 29; second tour, 113, 122, 128, 130, 132, 139; BCoy, 117
1st Armd Regt, C Sqn, 95
2RAR: 88, 90, 105, 107; second tour, 160, 176, 189
3 Cav Regt, 1 Tp A Sqn, 105
3RAR: 110, 113, 117; second tour, 176, 177, 190, 191, 195
4RAR: 128; second tour, 176, 184, 190–2 passim, 195, 201; D Coy, 191
5RAR: 42, 50, 52, 59, 61, 65, 86, 88, 111; second tour, 139, 140, 147, 149, 153, 159; D Coy, 140–1
6RAR: 42, 44, 55–6, 59, 62, 65, 86–7, 88; second tour, 139, 140, 152, 153, 160
7RAR: 88, 90, 92, 105, 107, 111; second tour, 159–60, 161–2, 172, 176
8RAR, 159, 162, 171, 190
9RAR, 139
16 Army Light Aircraft Sqn, 3, 15, 57
17 Const Sqn, RAE, 159
18 NS Trg Bn, 4
102 Fd Bty, 113
104 Sig Sqn, 76
105 Fd Bty, 11
161 Recce Flight/161(Independent) Recce Flight, throughout: deployment to Bien Hoa, xxiii, 6–9 passim; Estab and Eqpt Tables, 5; formation, 3–9 passim; living and maint. facilities at Bien Hoa, 11–14; loan of Cessna O-1 Bird Dog aircraft, 97; optimising role, 87–8; relationships with US flying units, 64; relocation to Nui Dat, 68–74; relocation to Vung Tau (1966), 45–9 passim; second relocation to Vung Tau (1971), 193–5; upgrade to 161 (Independent) Recce Flight, xxiii, 35, 45; departure from SVN, 198–202 passim
176 AD Coy, 46
547 Signals Troop, 56, 78
AATTV: deployment, xxii; support ops by 161 Recce Flight, 185, 195–6
Abrams, Creighton, Gen., 126
Adelaide, xix
Agent Orange, 30
AHQ, 5
aid projects see civic action
Air America, 165
Air Observation Post (AOP), xvii, 3, 23, 67, 87, 91, 148, 176
air traffic control: establishment of facilities at Luscombe Field, 74–7 passim; control of Nui Dat airspace, 143, 145; Fire section, 144; first Luscombe Tower, 76–7, 144; second Luscombe Tower, 143–4
airborne radio communications, xvii: UHF problems, 9, 22
airborne radio direction finding: at Bien Hoa, 23; sigint ops with 547 Sig Tp, 79, 105, 187
aircraft losses/major incidents: Cessna 180, Capt. Donald, 153; Cessna 180, 2Lt. Driver, 140; Cessna 180, Lt. Tizzard, 79; Cessna O-1 Bird Dog, Maj. Constable (KIA), 115–17; Cessna O-1 Bird Dog, Lt. Guivarra, 97–8; Kiowa, Lt. Steel, 196–7; Pilatus Porter, Capt. Donald/2Lt. Jellie, (both KIA), 156; Sioux, Capt. Brooker, 135–6; Sioux, 2Lt. Colclough, 98–9; Sioux, 2Lt. Davies, 59; Sioux, 2Lt. Hutchinson, 89; Sioux, Capt. Hills, 160–1; Sioux, Lt. O’Brien, 98; Sioux, 2Lt. Weaver, 96
aircraft maintenance: at Bearcat and Coral, 118; at Bien Hoa, 15–16, 31; at Nui Dat, 70–3 passim, 95–7 passim, 141–2, 149, 175, 181–2; at Vung Tau, 47–9 passim; ‘D’ Servicings, 63; ‘E’ Servicings (Cessna), 63, (Porter), 165–6; effects of increased flying hours during 1966, 63; expansion of facilities at Nui Dat, 141–2, 165; rebuild of crashed Sioux, 89; recovery and repair of crashed Cessna O-1 Bird Dog, 98; serviceability rates in Vietnam, 182; US helicopter repair ship USS Corpus Christi Bay, 96–7, 112
airfield construction, Nui Dat see Luscombe Field
Allman, James, Sgt., see photo sections

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