I was based in Singapore with 41 Squadron at RAF Tengah from 1973 to 1975. During this time I was part-time aircrew on Bristol Freighters (B170). We flew sorties into South Vietnam delivering mail and other correspondence into Saigon, and medical supplies to the hospital in Qui Nhon.
In 1973 I was part of a RNZAF team assigned to paint the hospital in Qui Nhon using a new type of water based paint supplied by the Dulux Paint Company. The end result was excellent and the hospital became the brightest place in Qui Nhon. Despite the basic conditions at the hospital, everyone coped well and were generally very happy. The patients, mainly war victims were quite co-operative while the painting was being done and everyone in the hospital wards just loved posing for their photos to be taken.
The other highlight was that we were all treated to helicopter rides towards the DMZ and out to the islands off the coast off Qui Nhon where we were surrounded by the local children. I really enjoyed doing the sorties into Qui Nhon and Saigon and had the opportunity to do some shopping and bargaining while on overnight stays. My experience was very rewarding indeed.