Lieutenant Colonel William George Rennie Fleming (Rtd) as an Australian Army lieutenant pilot 656th Air Observation Post/Light Liaison Squadron Royal Air Force (RAF), Malaya 1956-1957, interviewed by Colonel David Chinn MBE (Rtd)

Accession Number S02872
Collection type Sound
Measurement 2 hr 14 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description 1/4 inch sound tape reel; EMTEC SM 911; 7 1/2 ips/19 cm.s; stereo; 10 inch NAB
Maker Fleming, William George Rennie
Chinn, David Alexander
Australian War Memorial
Preston, Lenny
Date made 17 April 2003
Access Open
Conflict Malayan Emergency, 1948-1960
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Description

Fleming speaks of his service background prior to posting to Malaya - RMC Duntroon including flying training; National Service training and the Royal Australian Army Service Corps (RAASC) induction course including air dispatch training; awareness of the Malayan Emergency with excitement at the prospect of operational service so soon after being commissioned; the hazards of air dispatch work with the British Army 55th Air Dispatch Company in Malaya; British Army man-management; 656th Squadron's aircraft, aero engines, communications, navigation aids; aircraft endurance; practical applications of unit roles; helicopter limitations; pilot standards and training/familiarisation on arrival; instrument and night flying; aircrew medical examinations; the lack of communist terrorist (CT) ground fire against light aircraft; the display of CT intelligence in flight operations rooms and the exchange of intelligence with supported formations and units; signals intelligence in locating CT camps and the employment of air strikes on locations; the aircraft location reporting system, selection of landing strips; the use of area of operations (AO) boundaries; avoidance of air strikes and high trajectory fire; first- and last-light reconnaissance; a difficult situation experienced - partial engine failure on take off; working relationships with other elements in the Emergency - armed forces, police and the European civilian community; circumstances of strain imposed by the operational environment; lack of ground detail in certain maps still subject of completing mapping survey.

  • Listen to Lieutenant Colonel William George Rennie Fleming (Rtd) as an Australian Army lieutenant pilot 656th Air Observation Post/Light Liaison Squadron Royal Air Force (RAF), Malaya 1956-1957, interviewed by Colonel David Chinn MBE (Rtd)
  • Listen to Part 2 of Lieutenant Colonel William George Rennie Fleming (Rtd) as an Australian Army lieutenant pilot 656th Air Observation Post/Light Liaison Squadron Royal Air Force (RAF), Malaya 1956-1957, interviewed by Colonel David Chinn MBE (Rtd)
  • Listen to Part 3 of Lieutenant Colonel William George Rennie Fleming (Rtd) as an Australian Army lieutenant pilot 656th Air Observation Post/Light Liaison Squadron Royal Air Force (RAF), Malaya 1956-1957, interviewed by Colonel David Chinn MBE (Rtd)