Frank Amy as an employee of QANTAS involved with transporting troops to Vietnam

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Accession Number S01096
Collection type Sound
Measurement 35 min 50 sec
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; TDK D90; mono
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Cammeray
Date made 8 July 1991
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
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Description

Joined Qantas 1956 as an Engineer; started flying in 1963, still flying in 1991; first trip to Vietnam late 1966 early 1967 with Ron "Torchy" Uren and Neville Harang; Flights to Vietnam with Australian troops done with great secrecy in the beginning; initially Qantas staff involved on voluntary basis, later on a rostered basis; later flights more low key; Qantas Pilot Stu Archbold; atmosphere on board subdued on flights to Vietnam, joyous on flights back to Australia; night life in Manila during stopovers; views on conscription, regular soldiers should see service before conscripts are called upon.

History / Summary

Joined Qantas 1956 as an Engineer; started flying in 1963, still flying in 1991; first trip to Vietnam late 1966 early 1967 with Ron "Torchy" Uren and Neville Harang; Flights to Vietnam with Australian troops done with great secrecy in the beginning; initially Qantas staff involved on voluntary basis, later on a rostered basis; later flights more low key; Qantas Pilot Stu Archbold; atmosphere on board subdued on flights to Vietnam, joyous on flights back to Australia; night life in Manila during stopovers; views on conscription, regular soldiers should see service before conscripts are called upon.