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Bruce Wallace Donnelly

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Bruce Wallace AWMM
  • Surname
    Donnelly AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    B. W. Donnelly AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 81959 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 July 1946 Ministry for Culture and Heritage OpotikiBay of Plenty Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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  • Address before enlistment
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Service

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 81959 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
    1970 AWMM
    CITATION Flying Officer Donnelly, RNZAF, has completed an operational tour of duty in the Republic of Vietnam on attachment to the 25th United States Infantry Division. On 7th December 1969 while serving as a Forward Air Control pilot with 2 Brigade, Flying Officer Donnelly distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions above and beyond the normal call of duty. While on an aerial surveillance mission in the Hobo Woods, a light observation helicopter he was working with made contact with several North Vietnamese soldiers. Flying Officer Donnelly immediately reacted by rolling in on the target and engaging it with machine-gun and rocket fire, which enabled the helicopter to break contact. While the light observation helicopter performed a battle damage assessment and called for artillery, he summoned an air strike. Upon arrival of the fighters, he selectively marked the confirmed enemy locations constantly exposing himself to enemy fire. Primarily through his exceptional control of the fighters and accuracy in marking and firing on the positions, he was able to neutralise the enemy location. As the airmobile insertion forces which were called earlier, approached the landing zone, they began receiving small arms and automatic weapons fire some 500 metres away from the primary target. Again without regard to his safety, he piloted his aircraft directly towards the position suppressing the enemy and allowing the aircraft and ground force to complete the insertion without sustaining damage or casualties. Flying Officer Donnelly’s determination contributed immeasurably to the success of the mission, he is directly credited with killing one North Vietnamese during the action, and his superb flying skill and rapid assessment of the tactical situation aided significantly in attaining a final North Vietnamese body count of thirteen. Flying Officer Donnelly’s coolness in the face of extreme danger, his willingness to sacrifice all for his mission and his comrades, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and refle AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Forward Air Controller (FAC) attached to US 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Bien Hoa, November-December 1969. Source: Memories of New Zealand and the Vietnam War, Ministry for Culture and Heritage. AWMM

Death

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  • Death
    11 April 2013 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
    • Hall, C. (2014). No front line : inside stories of New Zealand's Vietnam War. Auckland, New Zealand : Penguin Books. AWMM
    • This record was created from data kindly provided by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. AWMM
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