Lawrence Gerard Doyle DFC
161 (Indep) Recce
Flt 29 Jul 66 - 01 Aug 67
Major Lawrence Doyle was
commissioned into the Australian Regular Army in 1952, and posted to England for
flying experience for two years in 1956. Except for one period when he
instructed at the Jungle Training Centre, Major Doyle has been engaged in Army
flying or Army/Air matters as a Staff Officer since that time.
In July 1966, Major Doyle took command of 161st (Independent)
Reconnaissance Flight in Vietnam. This Flight consisted of both light aircraft
and helicopters used extensively for low level reconnaissance, medical
evacuation, artillery spotting and liaison duties for the 1st Australian Task
Force. At all times he demonstrated determination and skill giving inspired
leadership to his unit.
As Commander of the Flight, Major Doyle had to plan and
administer both the operational flying and the maintenance of the aircraft. Due
to his efforts the unit gave superb support to the Task Force and through his
skill in the air and his experience he organised the operational techniques
which were so successfully used by the Flight during their missions.
Major Doyle participated in a large number of more hazardous
missions flown by the Flight in which his aircraft came under fire from enemy
small arms and automatic weapons and by example set standards for his pilots to
By his boundless enthusiasm and tireless drive, his flying ability and
qualities of inspiration, coupled with his high personal sense of duty and
courage in the face of the enemy, Major Doyle led his Flight in a manner which
has brought credit to his Corps and the Australian Army.
* Text of citation has been copied from the original recommendation for
"Honours & Awards" dated 02 June 1967.