While based in Singapore at the RAF Tengah from 1973 to 1975, I had the opportunity to be partime air crew with 41 Squadron on the Bristol Freighters (B170) doing sorties into South Vietnam delivering mail and other correspondence into Saigon, and medical supplies to the hospital in Qui Nhon.
Prior to all that, myself along with other team mates were 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 with the hospital being the brightest place in Qui Nhon. However the conditions at the hospital were very basic indeed, but everyone was coping quite well indeed and being very happy indeed. THe patients, mainly war victims were quite co operative whilie 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 of South Vietnam and became inundated with all the children out there.
Very much enjoyed doing the sorties into Qui Nhon and Saigon and had the opportunity to do some shopping & bargaining in Saigon while on overnight stays.
All was very rewarding indeed.