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    MR. PETER HOWSON, THE AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR AIR DURING HIS TOUR OF ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR?

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    MR. PETER HOWSON, THE AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR AIR DURING HIS TOUR OF ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE UNITS IN ASIA, VISITED THE CARIBOU SQUADRON, BASED AT VUNG TAU, ABOUT FORTY MILES FROM SAIGON.

    ON THE MORNING HE ARRIVED ONE OF THE BIGGEST BATTLES OF THE VIETNAMESE WAR WAS BEING FOUGHT ONLY SIX MILES AWAY FROM THE AIRFIELD. THE BATTLE, INVOLVING THREE BATTALION OF VIET CONG -- ABOUT TWO AND A HALF THOUSAND MEN -- HAD BEEN RAGING FOR THREE DAYS.

    VUNG TAU WAS BEING USED AS A STAGING POST FOR SCORES OF HELICOPTERS, SOME SHUTTLING SUPPLIES AND TROOPS INTO THE COMBAT AREA AND OTHERS ON ROCKET ATTACK MISSIONS.

    MR. HOWSON WAS TAKEN OVER VUNG TAU AND FROM HIS HELICOPTER COULD SEE SMOKE DRIFTING ABOVE THE BATTLE AREA A FEW MILES AWAY. HE WAS ASKED TO DON A BULLET PROOF VEST -- AS WELL AS A LIFE JACKET--BEFORE HE MADE THE TRIP.

    ABOVE THE TOWNSHIP OF VUNG TAU ITSELF -- SITUATED AT THE END OF A LONG PENINSULAR AND IN MORE PEACEFUL TIMES A RESORT FOR THE WEALTHY PEOPLE OF SAIGON -- WE SAW BUDDHIST TEMPLES AND A CATHOLIC CHURCH AS WELL AS THE RUSTING FORTIFICATIONS WHICH STAND AS REMINDER OF TWO PREVIOUS CONFLICTS -- THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION AND THE FRENCH STRUGGLE TO REMAIN VIETNAM AS A COLONY.

    HE INSPECTED THE CARIBOU FLYERS AND THE PLANES, WHICH OPERATE ALONGSIDE AMERICAN CARIBOUS ON CONSTANT SUPPLY AND TROOP TRANSPORT MISSIONS THROUGHOUT VIETNAM. MOST OF THE AUSTRALIAN PLANE SHAVE BEEN HIT BY VIETCONG GROUND FIRE IN RECENT WEEKS BUT NO CREW MEMBER HAS BEEN INJURED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA53MQECPYF0O9IM9PA4BKRRKRJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA53MQECPYF0O9IM9PA4BKRRKRJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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