Peter Mervyn Robinson
161 (Indep) Recce
Flt 03 Feb 67 - 25 Dec 67
Captain Peter Mervyn
Robinson was commissioned in the Australian Regular Army on 2 April 1959 and
since 3 March 1967 has served with 161st (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight as
the Flight Engineer.
On his arrival, 161st (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight was
preparing to move from its location at Vung Tau airfield to Luscombe Field, Nui
Dat. Captain Robinson, as the first Engineering Officer posted to the Flight,
was confronted with the move of the Flight as well as maintaining the
serviceability of the unit aircraft which were supporting Operation Portsea. In
addition, the absence of half of his technical senior non-commissioned officers
greatly increased the workload of Captain Robinson as he also carried out their
duties. Under his supervision the move to Nui Dat was efficiently carried out
and the serviceability of the unit aircraft was increased, allowing the aircraft
to fly 881 hours during the month of March.
Once at Nui Dat a further reduction of his technical
non-commissioned officers for a period of one month again increased the workload
of Captain Robinson. In addition he had the problem of organising and building
the workshop facilities.
By his insistence on the highest engineering standards and
close supervision of all technical work on aircraft he has maintained the
availability of aircraft between 90 and 96 percent over the past ten months. His
high standards are further reflected in the aircraft safety record with only
three technical defects in over 8,000 flying hours. His workshop has always been
able to respond to demands for support and his technical advice has been
consistently sound and always given in sufficient time to maintain the
operational efficiency of his unit.
By his skill, determined leadership and willingness to work
extremely long hours he has supervised the building of suitable workshop
facilities, aircraft protection bays and stores facilities and has increased the
serviceability rate of the unit aircraft, thereby allowing them to fly an
average 825 hours per month during the period March to November 1967.
* Text of citation has been copied from the book
"Vietnam Veterans Honours & Awards
by Alexander M. Palmer.