The group photo was taken at an otherwise empty Cam Ranh Bay airfield on 19 December 1972 when 2NZATTV was withdrawn. The team had been part of the Dong Ba Thin UITG/FANK Training Battalion comprised of US Special Forces officers & NCOs and their Montagnard security company, with the job of training conscript Cambodian infantry battalions airlifted in from Phnom Penh.
LtoR - back row. Capt Johnson (US Army), Capt MR Wicksteed RNZA, Lt Col Downen (US Army - CO), Maj PJ Skogstad RNZE, Nuy (Montagnard), Sgt R Keno RNZIR, Sgt MA Cunningham RNZIR, SM Mertzig (US Army), Sgt R Taylor RNZAMC, Sgt FC Nathan RNZIR, Lt GH Bransby RNZA, Capt Huggins (US Army), Lt PN Fitgerald RNZIR and WO2 KW Merito RNZIR.
LtoR - front row. 'Charlie' (Montagnard), SSgt RM Cameron RNZAMC, Sgt RG Hughes RNZIR, 2Lt SD Hopkins RNZIR, Sgt HTP Naera RNZAC, SSgt R Elvy RNZAF, Sgt MT Dance RNZIR and LMA WS Clark RNZN.
JSPRO Singapore photo
Re: 2NZATTV departure from SVN - 19 Dec 72
The RNZAF Bristol Freighter in this photograph is 5903 (now housed at the Air Force Museum - Wigram Christchurch). The Air Crew on this flight were F/O Kevin Helem, F/O Bruce Watson, Nav was S/Ldr John Meredith, M/AEOP was Len Fretwell and Sgt Armstrong (Eng?), Ground Crew technicians on this flight included Sgt Larry Price (HCM & Eng) and Loadmaster Cpl Dennis Chaney. [Ref: 'Scotty' List' issued Oct 2017 page 22]. Cheers Scotty.
RE: 2NZATTV DEPARTURE FROM SVN - 19 DEC 72
Really good to know. Thanks Scotty.