RAAF helicopter pilots, 37576 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Robert Andrew (Bob) MacIntosh, of ...

Accession Number VN/67/0002/01
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 35mm safety base
Maker Ward, Barrie Thomas Burrill
Place made Vietnam: Vung Tau Special Zone, Vung Tau
Date made January 1967
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Description

RAAF helicopter pilots, 37576 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Robert Andrew (Bob) MacIntosh, of Ainslie, ACT, (left) and 23446 Flt Lt Leigh Oxley ‘Laddie’ Hindley, of Goulburn, NSW, (right) study a map of the area before leaving Vung Tau air base in South Vietnam. The two men then completed the longest mission undertaken by helicopters of the No 9 Squadron, RAAF. They flew a party of army engineers 165 miles north to the village of Bu Dop, where the United States (US) Army engineers are building a new airstrip. Bu Dop is a US Special Forces camp, and when it is completed, RAAF Caribou aircraft will use the strip to bring in supplies. As the RAAF men waited at Bu Dop for the engineers to finish their task, they could see US Air Force (USAF) fighter bombers pounding Viet Cong (VC) positions not far from the base.

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