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AIR FORCE November 26, 2009
By FLTLT Jaimie Abbott
RIGHT in the middle of the In-
dian Ocean on this remote tropical
island, you could expect to find tour-
ists soaking up the spectacular views
along the beach, or swimming with
dolphins along the reef.
But one special World War II
veteran was recently there with an
important purpose -- to pay tribute
to those who lost their lives during
Eighty-five-year-old Joy Martin,
OAM, was the first female president
of any RAAF Association when she
was appointed president of the South
Australian Branch in 1990.
Following six years as president,
she then served another six as secre-
tary and remains heavily involved in
She was heavily involved in the
erection of the monuments on Cocos
Island and at RAAF Base Edinburgh
dedicated to FLGOFF Tom Henniker,
who died in the 1991 P-3 crash on the
Despite having a large involve-
ment in this memorial and a keen
awareness of aircraft movements
on Cocos Island during WWII, Ms
Martin had never visited there.
10SQN CO WGCDR Kevin
Murray invited Mrs Martin to finally
make that visit aboard a scheduled
AP-3C flight to the island.
A small party of members went to
assess the availability and quality of
health services in the area for future
Ms Martin was thrilled. "It was a
fantastic opportunity to lay wreaths
and hold a memorial service," she
"I had always had a picture in my
mind of what the islands would look
like, but they were even more beauti-
ful than I had thought.
"The weather was perfect and the
local residents attended [the memorial
service]; it was a little emotional."
Also aboard the AP-3C was
Edinburgh-based medical assistant
SGT Victoria Gibson and airborne
electronics analyst WOFF Mark
WOFF Styles said she was the
youngest 85-year-old he had met.
"She was so interesting to talk
to. There wasn't anybody she didn't
know, from former governors to
Defence ministers -- she has met so
many over the years," WOFF Styles
"Ms Martin is an inspiring per-
son and the local residents on Cocos
Island treated her as if she was roy-
WGCDR Murray said the visit
also re-enforced the historical signifi-
cance of Cocos Island to its residents
Ms Martin also took in the sights
during her visit, including a trip on a
glass bottom boat out to the nearby
THE Remembrance Day cer-
emony at RAAF Base Amberley
on November 11 was a significant
event for Brendan Kluska and his
family from Clare, South Aus-
Mr Kluska visited the base to
pay his respects to his brother,
PLTOFF Kevin George Kluska,
who died in a fatal training accident
involving Canberra Mk21 Bomber
A84-206 on February 16, 1965.
Mr Kluska and his family had
been holidaying at Lennox Head,
NSW, when he decided he wanted
to see where his brother was killed.
His wife Helen, daughter
Megan, son-in-law Jason and six-
month-old grandson Zavier also
accompanied him to Amberley for
the Remembrance Day service.
After a moving rendition of The
Last Post, an F-111 fly-over, and a
minute's silence, Mr Kluska laid a
poppy on the sandbag monument to
honour his brother.
After lunch, the base chaplain
recited a prayer with the family.
They were supported by military
personnel at the crash site, located
adjacent to the main runway.
Mr Kluska said he was 19
when he was notified of his broth-
er's accident in 1965.
"It was a tough time for my
family as I had been fighting bush
fires to save our home property,"
Brother remembers at Amberley
Orion to pay
at the island's
died in the
1991 P-3 crash
on the island.
SPECIAL MOMENT: XO 382ECSS
WGCDR Clive Wells hands Brendan
Kluska a portfolio of PLTOFF Kevin
Kluska's achievements and photos at
Amberley. Left, Mr Kluska lays a poppy
for his brother at the Remembrance Day
Photos: LAC Dan Pinhorn
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