104 Sig Sqn | Album 59

ALBUM 59 - 104 SIG SQN

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 FSPB Coral
59-1.  FSPB Coral. Photos supplied by Ralph Bilsby. [May 1968]

 Command Post (CP) ARTY and AIR at FSPB Coral  
59-2.   Command Post (CP) ARTY and AIR at FSPB Coral.  Photos supplied by Ralph Bilsby. [May 1968]

 Signal Centre (SIGCEN) at FSPB Coral 
59-3.   Signal Centre (SIGCEN) at FSPB Coral - Communications equipment under ground including the AN/MGC-17 Shelter.  Photos supplied by Ralph Bilsby. [May 1968]

SIGCEN at FSPB Coral  
59-4.   SIGCEN at FSPB Coral - Communications equipment under ground including the AN/MGC-17 Shelter.  Photos supplied by Ralph Bilsby. [May 1968]

 Inside the SIGCEN bunker at FSPB Coral    
59-5.    SIGCEN bunker. Also included FSPB Coral Telephone Switchboard "Ebony Forward Sir" .  Photos supplied by Ralph Bilsby. [May 1968]

Comment:  Because of the lessons learnt from this battle, 104 Sig Sqn and 547 Sig Tp (Plus HQ 1 ATF) were issued with Armored Command Vehicles (ACV) so the communications equipment would not have to be carried forward in cases and dug in.   104 Sig Sqn still has armored vehicles today. 

Unknown manning SIGCEN bunker 
59-6.   Unknown manning SIGCEN bunker.  Also included FSPB Coral Telephone Switchboard "Ebony Forward Sir".  Photos supplied by Ralph Bilsby. [May 1968]

Information:  Future deployments 104 Sig Sqn and 547 Sig Tp communications were deployment pre wired and mounted for quick and protected communications. 104 Sig Sqn ACV had the Callsign "85 Charlie" and 547 Sig Tp ACV had the Callsign "85 Delta".

Ralph Bilsby's FSPB Coral home under construction
59-7.    Ralph Bilsby's FSPB Coral home under construction.  Photos supplied by Ralph Bilsby. [May 1968]

FSPB Coral after attack 16 May   
59-8.   FSPB Coral after attack 16 May.  Note the shrapnel holes in the cloth line articles and trees.  Photos supplied by Ralph Bilsby. [16 May 1968]

Ralph Bilsby's sleeping bag with shrapnel holes
59-9.   Ralph Bilsby's sleeping bag with shrapnel holes after attack 16 May. Photos supplied by Ralph Bilsby. [16 May 1968]

104 Sig Sqn members shell shocked after attack 16 May 
59-10.   104 Sig Sqn members shell shocked after attack 16 May.  L-R  Ian Crostwaite, Mal Fergusson, Hugh Hutton (lying) and ?  Photos supplied by Ralph Bilsby. [16 May 1968]

104 Sig Sqn at field kitchen after attack 16 May 
59-11.   104 Sig Sqn at field kitchen after attack 16 May.  L-R Dave Thompson (back), ?, ?, Bob Lowick, ? and Mal Fergusson.  Photos supplied by Ralph Bilsby. [16 May 1968]

Unknown 104 Sig Sqn 16 May 
59-12.    Unknown 104 Sig Sqn 16 May.    Photos supplied by Ralph Bilsby. [16 May 1968]

Note:
See communication shelter in back ground with sandbags on the air vents to stop light at night.  Most likely the Radio Relay AN/MRC-69 from 110 Sig Sqn.

  1RAR with helicopter sticks line up ready to return to Nui Dat from FSPB Coral
59-13.    1RAR with helicopter sticks line up ready to return to Nui Dat from FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Bob Parkyns.  [1968]

 1RAR CP at FSPB Coral
59-14.    1RAR CP at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Bob Parkyns.  [1968]

 1RAR returning to Nui Dat from FSPB Coral. 
59-15.    1RAR returning to Nui Dat from FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Bob Parkyns.  [1968]

1RAR HQ waiting at FSPB Coral for return to Nui Dat.
59-16.   1RAR HQ waiting at FSPB Coral for return to Nui Dat.  Photo supplied by Bob Parkyns.  [1968]

104 and 110 Vehicles lined up at Nui Dat for the road convey to Bearcat
59-17.  104 and 110 Sig Sqn Vehicles lined up at Nui Dat for the road convey to Bearcat - Start of Operation Toan Thang and the deployment to FSPB Coral.  Photos supplied by Norm Munro [1968].

Information:  First truck (2.5 ton) has the AN/MGC-17 and AN/MTC-17 Shelters (Both 104 Sig Sqn).  The other truck (5 ton) the AN/MRC-69 Shelter (110 Sig Sqn).

Vehicles lined up at Nui Dat for the road convey to Bearcat
59-18.    Vehicles lined up at Nui Dat for the road convey to Bearcat - Start of Operation Toan Thang and the deployment to FSPB Coral.  Photos supplied by Norm Munro [1968].

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