George Alfred CONSTABLE


CONSTABLE, George Alfred

Service Number: 235125
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 161 (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight
Born: Kyogle, New South Wales, 24 March 1936
Home Town: Kyogle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Army Officer
Died: Killed In Action, South Vietnam, South Vietnam, Vietnam, 23 May 1968, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Frenchs Forest Cemetery, NSW
Plot - Pres. Monumental A54, Frenchs Forrest Cemetery, French's Forest, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place, Kyogle Vietnam War Honour Roll
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Vietnam War Service

15 Sep 1964: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), SN 235125
15 Sep 1964: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Major, SN 235125
19 Jul 1967: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Major, SN 235125, 161 (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight
19 Jul 1967: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Major, SN 235125
12 May 1968: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Major, SN 235125, 161 (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight , FSB Coral / Balmoral - Vietnam

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Birth: Mar. 24, 1936
New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 23, 1968, Vietnam

235125 Major George Alfred Constable Age 32
161 (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight
His Cessna was shot down while providing convoy cover from Fire Support Base Coral. Three days after returning from Rest & Recreation (5Days) in Australia 23rd May 1968.

Information from Find a Grave Memorial

The officer commanding the Australian Army's 161st Independent Reconnaissance Flight in South Vietnam, Major George Alfred Constable, was killed in action on Thursday. He is the first Australian commanding officer to be killed in the war. Major Constable, 32, of Belrose, NSW, was shot down by enemy ground fire while flying over Bien Hoa province.

Army headquarters in Canberra said that no further details of the fatality were available at present.

Major Constable is survived by a wife, Annette, and two young daughters, one aged three years, the other nine months.

The reconnaissance flight was sent to Vietnam as part of the Australian Task Force in mid-1966. It is responsible for a wide variety of flying missions including target spotting, general observation, tactical liaison and minor medical evacuations.

This is the first time that a member of the unit has been killed in action in Vietnam.

Information from Trove, The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Sat 25 May 1968 Page 1 Australian CO killed in Vietnam