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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 emulate.

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. 

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