Commander's Diaries

 

A Squadron

23 December 1969 - 16 December 1970 

6 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Elements remain in support 8RAR in AOs Ascot and Bendigo. Troop in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Kurrajong.  Elements on Horseshoe Hill.

 

7 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Elements remain in support 8RAR in AOs Ascot and Bendigo. Troop in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Kurrajong.  Elements Horseshoe Hill.

 

0315hrs: 

2 Troop in ambush position with B Company 7RAR.  Infantry engaged movement with no result. 

 

8 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Elements remain in support 8RAR in AO Ascot and AO Bendigo.  Troop in support 6RAR/NZ [in] AO Kurrajong.  Elements on Horseshoe Hill.

 

1130hrs

D Company 6RAR/NZ operating under command 8RAR engaged by enemy in bunkers.  3 Troop moved to support in bunker system and assist in further moves.  No contact after initial contact by infantry.

 

9 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Elements remain in support 8RAR in AO Ascot and AO Bendigo.  Troop in support 6RAR/NZ [in] AO Kurrajong.  Elements on Horseshoe Hill.

 

10 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Elements remain in support 8RAR in AO Ascot and AO Bendigo.  Troop in support 7RAR [in] AO Kurrajong.  Elements on Horseshoe Hill.

 

11 March 1970:

As above.

 

12 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Elements remain in support 8RAR in AO Ascot and AO Bendigo.  Elements on Horseshoe Hill.

 

2230 -2400hr:

3 Troop sighted lights on wreck at GR 794668.  No contact or fire.

 

13 March 1970:

As above.

 

1340hrs:

OC saw graves from LOH and tracks.  3 Troop investigated, finding two skeletons.

 

14 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Elements remain in support 8RAR in AO Ascot and AO Bendigo.  Elements on Horseshoe Hill. 

 

15 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Elements remain in support 8RAR in AO Ascot and AO Bendigo.  Elements Horseshoe.

 

0800hrs:   3 Troop located weapon pits  6-12 months old.  A platoon position. No contact.

0810hrs:    2 Troop located and destroyed 750lb bomb.

2053hrs:    2 Troop engaged lights with no result known.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

16 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Elements remain in support 8RAR in AO Ascot and AO Bendigo.  Elements Horseshoe.

 

1250hrs:   

4 Troop found mine in cave entrance.  Destroyed by gunfire.

 

17 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Elements remain in support 8RAR in AO Ascot and AO Bendigo.  Elements Horseshoe.  

 

18-23 March 1970:

As above.

 

24 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Elements on Horseshoe Hill.  Troop remains in AO Bendigo.

 

25 March 1970: 

As above.

 

26 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Elm on Horseshoe.  Troop remains AO Bendigo.  Troop supports RF in vicinity YS 4952.

 

1055hrs.   

4 Troop tank struck CS cylinder.  No casualties.

 

1920hrs.  

3 Troop engaged three VC with MG.  Results unknown.

 

27 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Elm on Horseshoe.  Troop remains AO Bendigo.  Troop supports RF in vicinity YS 4952.

 

28 March 1970:

As above.

 

29 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Elm on Horseshoe.  Troop remains AO Bendigo.  Troop supports RF in vicinity YS 4952.  Troop operates with road construction team Route 2.

 

0915hrs  

3 Troop (3C) detonated M16.  Cpl O'Shea (cc) WIA head and right side.  Later reported to be medevac'd to Australia.

 

30 March 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Elm on Horseshoe.  Troop remains AO Bendigo.  Troop supports RF in vicinity YS 4952.  Troop operates with road construction team Route 2.

 

31 March 1970:

As above.

 

March (Summary):

Sqn has continued standard type operations during month.  That is, protection for land clearing team and road construction, close support of infantry incl reaction tasks, and co-operation with RF forces as required.