Recce Flt 09 Oct 70 - 09 Sep 71
Lieutenant Terence John Hayes
graduated from the Officer Training Unit on 22 December 1967, and later
qualified as an Army helicopter pilot at 1st Aviation Regiment. He arrived in
South Vietnam on 10 September 1970, on posting as a helicopter pilot of 161st
(Independent) Reconnaissance Flight.
Throughout his tour of duty in South Vietnam, Lieutenant
Hayes has been an outstanding pilot. He has consistently obtained valuable
information on enemy movement and installations which has significantly
contributed to the intelligence available to the 1st Australian Task Force. In
order to obtain this information he has repeatedly flown his unarmed aircraft
over occupied or suspected enemy positions at low speeds and at tree top height,
continually exposing himself to fire. Although engaged by the enemy on several
occasions, he has always maintained his determination and aggressive approach in
seeking out the enemy, gaining the maximum possible information and providing
every assistance to the troops on the ground.
On 9 November 1970, Lieutenant Hayes was conducting a visual
reconnaissance in the south western area of Phuoc Tuy Province. He located a
very fresh track and was following the track at about 20 knots and 20 feet above
the ground when the aircraft was engaged by at least three automatic weapons.
Rounds struck the passenger and the aircraft, stopping the engine immediately.
With great skill and presence of mind Lieutenant Hayes used the very limited
amount of control remaining to crash land the aircraft in such a manner that no
further injuries were sustained by his passenger or himself.
His personal courage, determination and skill have been of the highest order
during the one thousand hours of flying support Lieutenant Hayes provided to the
ground forces and his conduct reflects great credit upon himself, his Corps and
the Australian Army.
* Text of citation has been copied from the original recommendation
"Honours & Awards" dated 15 November 1971.