South Vietnamese Refugees Fleeing From the North Vietnamese Army
South Vietnamese refugees fleeing from the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) being evacuated in a RAAF 36 Squadron C-130A Hercules transport aircraft in April 1975. At the end of March 1975, the Australian government provided two RAAF transport aircraft to evacuate some of the South Vietnamese civilians trapped in cities in the path of the NVA advance. In all, seven C-130s (five from the South Vietnamese Air Force) evacuated refugees from Phan Rang airport south of the city of Nha Trang, to the safer town of Can Tho, approximately 150 kilometres southwest of Saigon. This aircraft was piloted and captained by Flt Lt Brian Geoffrey Young, 36 Sqn. During the next few days, Flt Lt Young and his crew made humanitarian flights to a refugee camp at An Thoi, bringing in food, blankets, tents and other items from Saigon.