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RAAF PR 33901/65

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NOT FOR RELEASE BEFORE 0200 HOURS (EST) OR FRIDAY. JULY 9 th . 1965

STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE PETER HOWSON. MP. MINISTER FOR AIR

AWARDS FOR SERVICE IN VIETNAM

The M in is te r f o r A ir , Mr P e t e r Howson, to d a y announced th e aw ard

o f M ention i n D e sp a tc h e s t o t h r e e members o f th e RAAF f o r o p e r a t io n a l s e r v ic e

i n V ietnam . .

A ll t h r e e co m p lete d t o u r s o f d u ty w ith th e RAAF C a rib o u T ra n s p o rt

F l i g h t i n S o u th V ietnam and w ere d e c o r a te d f o r co u rag e u n d e r f i r e o r th e ·

t h r e a t o f f i r e i n o p e r a t i o n a l s u p p o rt o f g round f o r c e s i n V ietnam .

They a r e s F l i g h t L ie u te n a n t R onald George RAYMOND, p i l o t , o f

251. F i t z g e r a l d A venue, MAROUBRA, NSW.

C o rp o ra l R o b ert M axwell WARE, e n g in e f i t t e r , 941· K ah ala Avenue, BUDGEWOI, NSW. '

L ea d in g A irc ra ftm a n D a n ie l M ich ael GWIN, en g in e f i t t e r , 1. Norma

S t r e e t , WAGGA, NSW.

The c i t a t i o n f o r F l i g h t L ie u te n a n t RAYMOND‘s aw ard s a i d t h a t

" d u rin g n ig h t f l a r e d ro p p in g m is s io n s , h i s t a s k was to i l l u m i n a t e th e t a r g e t

and d i r e c t f i g h t e r s i n t o th e a t t a c k . He r e p e a t e d l y rem ain ed o v e r th e t a r g e t

a r e a even when bad w e a th e r f o r c e d him to f l y low , a lth o u g h t h i s meant t h a t

h i s own a i r c r a f t was i l lu m i n a te d and s u b je c te d to r e p e a te d ground f i r e . "

The c i t a t i o n added t h a t h i s e f f o r t s o f t e n r e s u l t e d i n th e d e f e a t

o r w ith d ra w a l o f th e enamy f o r c e s , th u s s a v in g much lo s s o f l i f e i n th e

f r i e n d l y f o r t s and h a m le ts u n d e r a t t a c k . ·

• F l i g h t L ie u te n a n t Raymond h a s flo w n a t o t a l o f o v e r 4 ,2 0 0 h o u rs

in c lu d in g 338 d u rin g h i s r e c e n t o p e r a t io n a l t o u r s .

The c i t a t i o n f o r C o rp o ra l WARE1s MID s a i d t h a t "when a member o f

a p a r t y s a lv a g in g a c ra s h e d C a rib o u a i r c r a f t from a fo rw a rd la n d in g ground

i n S outh V ietnam i n N ovem ber/Decem ber, 1964, C o rp o ra l Wark c o n tin u e d to work i n th e open even th o u g h enemy m o rta r f i r e was c o n s t a n t l y e x p e c te d , and

p r e p a r e d th e c ra s h e d a i r c r a f t f o r maximum p o s s i b l e r e c o v e r y . "

„ The c i t a t i o n added "The co u rag e and d e v o tio n to d u ty d is p la y e d by

C o rp o ra l Wark i n th e t h r e a t o f h o s t i l e f i r e s e t an o u ts ta n d in g exam ple to h i s

f e llo w w o r k e r s ." ·

C o rp o ra l Wark e n l i s t e d i n th e RAAF i n 1954· He co m p lete d a t o u r

w ith RAAF T ra n s p o rt F l i g h t , V ietnam , from J u l y 1964 to M arch 1965.

The c i t a t i o n f o r L ea d in g A irc ra ftm a n GWIN's aw ard s a id t h a t " w h ils t

f l y i n g a s a lo a d m a s te r i n C arib o u a i r c r a f t , h i s a c t i o n u n d e r f i r e was c o o l

and co u ra g e a o u s and h i s a c c u r a te r e t u r n f i r e was a t a l l tim e s most e f f e c t i v e . "

The c i t a t i o n added " L ead in g A irc ra ftm a n Gavin's co u ra g e and s k i l l

i n t h e fa c e o f h o s t i l e f i r e s e t an o u ts ta n d in g exam ple to o t h e r s . "

C o rp o ra l Gwin e n l i s t e d in th e RAAF i n 1957 and co m p lete d a p p r e n tic e

t r a i n i n g , g r a d u a tin g a s an e n g in e f i t t e r . He co m p lete d a t o u r w ith RAAF

T ra n s p o rt F l i g h t V ietnam from J u ly 1964 to F e b ru a ry 1965.

H is t o t a l f l y i n g e x p e rie n c e i s 45Ο h o u rs an d , o f these, 420 h o u rs

w ere on o p e r a tio n s d u r in g h i s r e c e n t t o u r .

NOT. FOR RELEASE BEFORE 0200 HOHRS (EST) ON FRIDAY. JULY 9 th . 1965

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