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Douglas William Kennett MID

Detached to 161 (Indep) Recce Flt 07 June 66 - 29 Mar 67

  Sergeant Douglas William Henry Kennett joined the Royal Australian Air Force on 11th July 1949 and was posted to Vietnam for duties with 161 (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight in June 1966.

Working in conditions which were difficult and quite foreign to him as a RAAF tradesman he willingly accepted the many challenges of his new appointment and through his leadership, technical ability and example he was directly responsible for the high serviceability rate of his Unit's aircraft.

Always concerned for the safety and serviceability of the aircraft for which he was responsible Sergeant Kennett took pains to teach his skills to the Army tradesmen under his command. He willingly lead the duty servicing crews through the long hours resulting from frequent night operations and the standard of his supervision resulted in rapid completion of routine servicings.

Sergeant Kennett's service with 161 (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight was in the finest traditions of the Royal Australian Air Force.

* Text of citation copied from original recommendation for " Honours & Awards" dated 06 April 1967.

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