Squadron re­mem­bered

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - The Mitchell Viet­nam Vet­er­ans at the Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Com­mem­o­ra­tive Walk to com­mem­o­rate the No 9 Squadron. By Char­mayne Al­li­son

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.


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