Creig Donald DSM
Recce Flt 26 Aug 68
- 17 Dec 68
and 10 Jun 69 - 03 Dec 69.
Barry Creig Donald enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on 13th February
1958. After service in Malaya he was commissioned on 6th June 1961 and
subsequently qualified as an Army Pilot and flying instructor. He arrived in
South Vietnam on
27th August 1968.
the Fixed Wing Section Commander and flying instructor he has operated under
arduous operational flying conditions. He has continually sought to improve the
flying standards of his pilots and has wisely guided new and inexperienced
rotary and fixed wing pilots in their operational tasks. Captain Donald has
developed and taught operational procedures that have greatly improved the
support provided by his unit to the 1st Australian Task Force.
the 26th October 1969 Captain Donald accurately adjusted artillery fire on to an
occupied enemy bunker system. To ascertain the effectiveness of the fire he then
flew his aircraft low over the target for a considerable period of time. On
finding further enemy in the camp he maintained close surveillance, exposing
himself to fire until such time as he could direct Vietnamese troops onto the
Donald has regularly flown all types of missions in fixed wing aircraft and
acted as an observer in rotary wing aircraft on every possible occasion. He has
demonstrated an outstanding ability as a reconnaissance pilot and as an
artillery observer. In his determination to carry out these tasks he has
repeatedly flown his aircraft low over occupied enemy installations with the
result that his aircraft has been hit by ground fire on a number of occasions.
his skill, leadership and disregard for his own personal safety when seeking out
the enemy, Captain Donald has been an inspiration to the members of his unit.
* Text of citation copied from original recommendation for "
Honours & Awards" dated 27 November 1969.
On the evening of 3 December 1969 Barry Donald was flying Porter A14-686, with
Alan Jellie as his passenger. The aircraft took ground fire and crashed at
the edge of the Binh Ba Rubber Plantation. The aircraft was destroyed and both
pilots were killed.
On 3rd June 1998, a Vietnam “End of War
List” was announced by the Australian Government, in that “End of War
Barry Donald was awarded the
Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously)