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AIR FORCE February 18, 2010
ABOUT 70 family, friends and colleagues fare-
welled one of the Air Force's most respected F-111
pilots in Ipswich, Queensland.
AIRCDRE Robert "Bob" Walsh, AFC (ret'd)
passed away at Kenmore, Brisbane, on January 22.
OC 82WG GPCAPT Peter Lloyd delivered the
eulogy which highlighted AIRCDRE Walsh's wide
posting history and continued involvement in aviation
after his retirement from the Air Force.
A number of colleagues attended, including former
CAF, AIRMSHL Geoff Shepherd (ret'd).
Friend and colleague AIRCDRE Peter Growder
(ret'd) paid tribute to AIRCDRE Walsh's solid lead-
ership during a period of considerable change and
exceptional ability as one of the early F-111 pilots. He
said he regarded him as one of those pilots "who had
SQNLDR Nev Duus (ret'd) recalled AIRCDRE
Walsh's skills at negotiation and sense of humour at
an international planning conference, which assisted in
achieving a good outcome for the RAAF.
AIRCDRE Walsh joined the Air Force as a cadet
He served in various flying positions at 75SQN,
1 Advanced Flying Training School, 2 Operational
Conversion Unit, 3SQN and was CO of 1SQN and
6SQN during the mid 70s.
AIRCDRE Walsh served in various staff appoint-
ments in Canberra and Headquarters Operational
Command (now Headquarters Air Command) before
completing tours as OC of Headquarters Point Cook
and Headquarters RAAF Base Amberley.
After the group reorganisation in 1987 he became
the first Commander Strike Reconnaissance Group at
AIRCDRE Walsh retired from the Air Force in
March 1989 after 34 years of service.
Bou's new home
IT took six hours and 24 people to move
the 21-metre fuselage of the Australian War
Memorial's (AWM) Caribou A4-140 across
Canberra to a new storage facility.
In the pre-dawn operation on January
29, conveyed under a police escort, the
Caribou was towed at walking pace approx-
imately 15km from the Canberra Airport to
the AWM's conservation and storage facil-
ity at Mitchell.
To ensure its safe arrival and enable
the almost nine-metre wide fuselage to
arrive safely, roads were closed and fences
and signposts removed and replaced as it
A4-140 was handed over to the AWM in
November last year. It was the Air Force's
second oldest Caribou, completing 45 years
Visitors can view the Caribou's fuselage
(wings detached) at the Memorial's 'Big
Things In Store' exhibition at the facility on
SOLEMN TRADITION: Above, pall bearers from 1SQN fold the Australian
Flag from the coffin of former F-111 pilot AIRCDRE Bob Walsh (ret'd) during
the funeral service in Ipswich. Above right, CDR CSG and SADFO RAAF Base
Amberley AIRCDRE Noddy Sawade then presents the flag to AIRCDRE Walsh's widow,
Mrs Cynthia Walsh, as a mark of respect.
Photos: ACW Kylie Gibson
FOND MEMORIES: AIRCDRE Walsh's
Air Force Cross, photograph and other
commemorative items on display at the service
at St Paul's Anglican Church in Ipswich.
Photo: ACW Jessica Smith
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