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Plaque commemorates the Royal Australian Air Force personnel who served as forward air controllers during the Vietnam War.
Thirty six RAAF pilots flew as FACs - Forward Air Controllers - in South Vietnam. They were selected from fighter pilots with at least two tours and served with the USAF for terms varying from six months to a year. As 'on scene' air commanders they controlled close air support for friendly forces and integrated it with other support from helicopter gun-ships and artillery.
Australia's military involvement in the Vietnam War was the longest in duration of any war in Australia's history before the conflict in Afghanistan. The arrival of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) in South Vietnam during July and August 1962 was the beginning of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War. Australia's participation in the war was formally declared at an end when the Governor-General issued a proclamation on 11 January 1973.
However, the end-date of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War has officially been amended to 29 April 1975 to reflect Australia’s further involvement in the war during the fall of Saigon in 1975. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Australian War Memorial, in Canberra now recognise this new date.
|Address:||Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial Sculpture garden, Campbell, 2612|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -35.280169|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||1965|
|Actual Event End Date:||1971|
FORWARD AIR CONTROLLERS
1965 - 1971
Dedicated to 36 fighter pilots of the
Royal Australian Air Force who flew
close air support missions for the
allied land forces in South Vietnam.
Attached to the United States
Air Force, these pilots flew small
fixed-wing aircraft at low altitudes,
providing immediate fire support for
troops in contact with the enemy,
marking targets, directing air strikes
and artillery bombardment, and
carrying out visual reconnaissance.
Lest We Forget