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New Zealand military personnel and civilian volunteers served in the jungles, skies, hospital wards, training camps, and offices of South Vietnam from 1963 to 1975.
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The effects of fifty years is a daunting kind of feeling I recognised the hill and Luscombe Field’s tarmac sealing What I once knew as Nui Dat was not so easy to recall
Scotty Wingfield is searching for 41 Squadron’s ‘lost’ Vietnam War Veterans.
On the 16th November 1968 a malaria reduced and physically exhausted platoon of fifteen (normally 30) men from V3 Coy blundered into an enemy camp and were badly shot up.
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In the background is the squadrons base at RAF Changi, you can see 2 Bristol Freighters on the ground one of which is under the hanger. There were 4 aircraft allocated to the unit at the time so one is away on ‘ops’.
From the left: Ahmed, our LEC (locally employed civilian); in the black shorts (name forgotten); behind him Cpl Jim Ashby, next our Flight Commander Flight Lieutenant Bill Shotton, behind him partly obscured Cpl Jim Duncan, next to him at the back Cpl Dennis Chaney, in front of him the MT Sergeant (name forgotten), Behind him second from right Sgt John Rodgers NCO i/c Supply Flight, front right is me aged 21, rear right LAC Wayne Herdman.