The Mitchell Vietnam Veterans gathered recently to commemorate the No 9 Squadron, who risked their lives in the Vietnam War to keep our country safe.
The sub branch met with No 9 Squadron RAAF Association Victoria president David Streatfield at the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in Seymour for the event.
‘‘(The squadron) played a very big role in the Vietnam War, flying the iconic ‘huey’ helicopter like the one at the Commemorative Walk,’’ Mitchell sub-branch Vietnam vet Ross Gregson said.
‘‘They also inserted, extracted, resupplied and dusted off personnel in all sorts of situations.’’
Mr Streatfield donated a book of the squadron’s history to the Commemorative Walk on behalf of his association.
The book dated back to 1925 and detailed the squadron’s precursor unit, 101 Fleet Cooperation Squadron, which worked with the Royal Australian Navy flying Seagull Mk IIIs (amphibian biplane flying boats) off HMAS Albatross.
‘‘No 9 Squadron was also heavily involved in the Second World War, again flying amphibians off navy ships in the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans,’’ Mr Gregson said.
The squadron was disbanded in 1989 and the battlefield helicopter units were placed under army control and personnel were transferred to the army or other airforce units.
The No 9 Squadron RAAF Association Victoria also made a ‘‘substantial’’ donation to the Commemorative Walk.