Rolf Basil Aronsen as Wing Commander 2 Squadron RAAF interviewed by Greg Swanborough for 'The sharp end'

Place Asia: Vietnam, Ninh Thuan Province, Phan Rang
Accession Number F10604
Collection type Film
Measurement 7 min 43 sec
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 16mm/colour (Eastman)/sound
Maker Petersen, Joel
Swanborough, Greg
Aronsen, Rolf Basil
Swanborough, Greg
Gentle, Victor
Date made 25 May 1992
Access Open
Conflict Period 1990-1999
Vietnam, 1962-1975

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Scene 24 takes 1-3 Roll 6. Explains the role and organisation of 2 Squadron RAAF within the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing USAF based at Phan Rang; the aircrew and their acceptance of their role in Vietnam; Scene 24 Take 2. development of the procedure of the Forward Air Controller (FAC) aircraft marking the targets for the Squadrons Canberra bombers; the effectiveness of the bombing at low level. Serving in Vietnam satisfying experience despite hardships of keeping up to eight sorties per day; the suitability of the Canberra in its role in Vietnam despite the Canberra’s age; believes that Australian’s involvement was correct; Scene 24 take 3; his concern about the threat of North Vietnamese Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs) when the Squadron was operating near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ); he knew at the time that aircraft would be lost one day; mentions Wing Commander John Downing’s whose Canberra was shot down by a SAM several years later.