Home' Air Force News : July 22nd 2010 Contents 460SQN strikes again,
reports Andrew Stackpool
ONE of the most iconic names
in Air Force history once again
took its place on the Air Force
Order of Battle when 460SQN
reformed in Canberra on July 2.
The ceremony was held in front of
the squadron's former Lancaster air-
craft, 'G for George' in Anzac Hall at the
Australian War Memorial.
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin, DCAF
AVM Geoff Brown and WOFF-AF JJ
Millar and about 30 veterans from the old
squadron were among the VIPs who wit-
nessed the squadron passed on to a new
The 460SQN reformation follows
CAF's announcement at the Air Force
birthday on March 31 that the squadron
would be formed as a part of the Defence
Imagery and Geospatial Organisation
(DIGO). It comprises the Air Force mem-
bers of DIGO.
However, while the squadron will
undertake its duties as part of DIGO, it is
a fully-fledged Air Force squadron, which
is administered as part of the Aerospace
Operational Support Group.
The new squadron marched on under
the command of WOFF Janet Cavell
and formed up in front of the Lancaster.
She handed the parade over to parade
commander FLTLT David Hirst who then
welcomed squadron CO WGCDR Pete
Wooding and AIRMSHL Binskin.
CAF delivered the address that offi-
cially reformed the squadron and then
presented WGCDR Wooding with its new
"It is on special occasions such as
today that we uniquely meld our past and
future," AIRMSHL Binskin said.
"In reforming 460SQN, I have every
confidence that the young men and
women of the squadron will live up to
the standards and expectations of the
veterans in adding to what is a most
exceptional unit history, and they will do
so with pride, professionalism and dedi-
WGCDR Wooding spoke about the
service and sacrifice of 460SQN and the
other Bomber Command squadrons dur-
ing the war and the courage and devo-
tion of its members.
"It is from this baptism of fire that we
acknowledge the proud
history of 460SQN, a his-
tory that displays the cour-
age and determination in
battle," WGCDR Wooding
"We owe a debt of grati-
tude to those who served
in 460SQN ... and make a
commitment to the veter-
ans that the reformed 460SQN is your
monument and we will strive to live up to
your example and your legacy."
Director DIGO MAJGEN Steve Meekin
(ret'd) congratulated the members of
the squadron, after which Professor
Emeritus Alexander Jenkins, a veteran of
the original squadron, spoke about life in
460SQN and the pride he and other veter-
ans felt about the occasion.
In early 1945, FLTLT Jenkins'
Lancaster (PB 471, side ID AR-F2) was
shot down over the Belgian city of
Linkhout on a bombing raid against
Dortmund, Germany. He was the sole
He said it was a wonderful feeling to
be present for those people on whose
behalf he witnessed the squadron hon-
oured in this way.
"We applaud your gracious and sensi-
tive action and extend to the new squad-
ron commander our congratulations and
support," he said.
"It is a passing of the baton.
"I would like to end this
brief trip down memory lane
by referring to the motto,
'Strike and Return'. The first
part has been accomplished
and the second was achieved
"We who are left have cer-
tainly grown old but on their
behalf I wish you all success
in achieving your worthy
In a fitting tribute,
Chaplain AIRCDRE Murray
Earl led those present in "An
Airman's Prayer", written by
SGT Hugh Brodie, an original
460SQN member who was
killed on operations in June,
HONOURED: Parade WOFF Janet
Cavell and other members of the new
460SQN during the reformation parade.
Photo: FSGT John Carroll
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