104 Field Battery Forward Observer party and W Company 4 RAR ANZAC Battalion 1968-1969

Place Asia: Vietnam
Accession Number F10888
Collection type Film
Measurement 23 min 20 sec
Object type Home movie
Physical description 8mm super/colour/sound
Maker Corcoran, James Francis (Frank)
Date made 1968-1969
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use

A home movie film taken by 4719405 gunner Frank Corcoran while serving with 12 Field Regiment in South Vietnam 1968-1969. The voice over was recorded by the film maker on audio cassette (S04191) and latter combined with the image on video tape. The item begins with an audio only introduction before the first scene of a long shot pan of the Long Hai mountains. An Iroquois and then a Chinook resupply helicopters flying past. A 161 Independent Recce Flight Sioux observation helicopter flys past. Concert a Nui Dat featuring a New Zealand vocal duet. A M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier driving on the main road passing 104 Battery position. A air strike by USAF F-4 Phantom fighter bomber jet near Nui Dat. It was unusual for an air strike this close to Nui Dat base. Iroquois re-supply helicopter. more scenes of the air strike showing bombs exploding. Frank Corcoran walking toward the camera shot by John Smith who appears in the next scene. John Smith was a National Serviceman and teacher from South Australia. A USAF Cessna Forward Air Controller (FAC) aircraft landing at Luscombe field. This was probably the FAC that was directing the airstrike. 'Wallaby Airlines' RAAF Caribou landing at Luscombe field. There's a brief shot of singer/performer Normie Rowe at approximately timecode 14.55, and a Maori ceremonial dance at Nui Dat stage. Scenes of departing Vietnam via plane from Ton San Nhut Saigon' civilian airport (also military air base) and arrival at Sydney almost conclude the film; subsequent scenes of a running race at Woomera sports field were taken to use up the remainder of the film.

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