The first draft of 46 RAN men to boost the Australian force in Vietnam has arrived in Saigon. ...

Accession Number NAVY14493K
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 120 safety base
Maker RAN Public Relations
RAN Public Relations
Place made Vietnam: South Vietnam, Saigon
Date made c 16 October 1967
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The first draft of 46 RAN men to boost the Australian force in Vietnam has arrived in Saigon. Members of the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RANHFV), 1st Contingent, will work with the US Army's 135th Assault Helicopter Company at Vung Tau, which has a primary role of supporting the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF), in Phuoc Tuy Province. At Tan Son Nhut airport, Saigon, unidentified members of the RANHFV, dressed in civilian suits, walk to waiting helicopters. Identified personnel include: Unknown US Army officer (1); Lieutenant (Lt) W S Lowe, a pilot and the unit's engineering maintenance officer (2); Lt P S Plunkett-Cole (3); Sub Lt Dalgleish (4); R54620 Leading Airman Mechanic Airframes and Engines (LAMAE) David Nelson Varley (5); Lt A A Casadio, Killed in action (KIA) 21 August 1968 (6);R57792 Steward (STD) Willem Wessell (Wiliam) Oppenhuis, of Portarlington, Vic (7); R58926 Naval Airman Aircraft Handler (NAAH) John Patrick Sendy (8); Naval Airman Weapons (NAMW) Norman James (Jim) Hill of Nowra, NSW (9); NAMAE Ivan Waskiw (10); R58681 NAMAE Jeffry (not Jeffrey or Jeffery) Moore (11); R62195 Leading Electrical Mechanic Air Weapons (LEMAW) David John Hardy, of Nowra, NSW (12); R55090 NAMAE Leslie Norman Connell, of Camperdown NSW (13); R58876 Leading Airman Aircraft Handler (LAAH) David John Green (14); R58348 Cook (CK) Graham John Stoneham, of Balgowlah, NSW (15); NAMAE R L Herbert (16); R58435 LAMAE Raymond Edwin Howell, Hurstville NSW (17); R35864 Air Mechanic Airframes and Engines 1 (AMAE1) Raymond Harold Homer (18); Possibly O2193 Instructor Sub Lt, John Melvin Leak, Gloucestershire, England (19); R45552 Leading Airman Weapons (LAMW) Arthur Thomas Burton (20); R93603 NAMW Keith Reginald Wardle, born Bolton, Lancashire, England (21); Petty Officer Electrical Artificer Weapons (POEAW) Peter Thurston Jones, Culcairn NSW (22); R93754 Naval Airman Mechanic Weapons Barry Arthur Noel Todd (23); R94290 Electrical Mechanic Air Weapons (EMAW) Michael Stephen Perkins, of Tuart Hill, WA (24); R59345 Leading Electrical Mecanic Air Communications (LEMAC) Keith Trevor Taylor, of Meander, TAS, (25); R93607 Leading Airman Safety Equipment (LASE) Alan Morris Winchcombe, of Scarborough, WA, (26);R63737 Naval Airman Weapons (NAMW) John George Peart (27); R58123 Leading Seaman Sick Berth Attendant (LSBA) Thomas Francis (Frank) Blackman, of Sydney, NSW (28 and Leading Writer (LWTR) John Biggs (obscured), of Croyden Park, SA (29). This image is for NAVY14493K is for identification purposes only. Copies must be ordered by quoting NAVY14493.

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