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June 9, 2011
FLTLT James Denton
RAAF Base Pearce recently wel-
comed back eight retired mem-
bers of No. 4 course RAAF Col-
The occasion was a reunion
with the theme 'what's changed'.
The day consisted of a base
tour, a visit to 79SQN and
2 Flying Training School (2FTS)
headquarters, Hawk and PC-9
static displays, and a chance for
the visitors to talk to both junior
and senior pilots.
The visitors -- five pilots, one
navigator, one equipment officer
and one intelligence officer --
graduated from Point Cook in
Three served at Pearce in
their time, two as flying instruc-
tors and one at 25SQN.
Former GPCAPT John
Downing served as CO 2SQN
and flew Canberra bombers in
Vietnam in 1971. During this
time, he and his navigator were
shot down by two SA-2 surface-
to-air missiles and spent several
nights evading the Viet Cong.
Former AVM John Paule
commanded 9SQN and was
director general manning and
chief of personnel during his ser-
vice. He is also the father of the
current head of Military Strategic
Commitments, AVM Kevin
Former WGCDR Peter Larard
commanded 79SQN and served
as a flight commander at 2FTS.
His grandson, PLTOFF James
Larard, is following in his foot-
steps after recently completing
pilot training at Pearce.
CPL Melanie Schinkel
FOR the Loveday family, Anzac Day was particularly
significant this year because they saw photographs of
where their relative, SGT Selwyn Loveday, was laid
to rest in 1942.
Every April 25, Navy exchange officers based
at Halifax, Canada, hold a dawn service at SGT
Loveday's grave at Fort Massey Cemetery.
LCDR Bob Dunn coordinated the dawn service
this year and said Fort Massey Cemetery provided
the ideal setting to com-
memorate Anzac Day as it
held 128 Commonwealth
WWI and WWII graves.
"A few months before
the service, I was doing
some research on SGT
Loveday when out of the
blue I was contacted by
Hall from Toowoomba,"
LCDR Dunn said.
"Courtney was SGT
Loveday's great niece
and she had also been
researching her great
uncle online when she
came across information
about the dawn service in
"She explained that the Loveday family had never
seen SGT Loveday's final resting place. So I offered
to take some photos of the service and send them to
her."He said that Courtney showed the photographs
to SGT Loveday's relatives including his surviving
older brothers and sisters.
SGT Loveday served in WWII at No. 12 Flying
Training School and died of cerebral spinal meningi-
tis in Nova Scotia Province on October 26, 1942.
Courtney's father, Robert Selwyn Hall, who was
named after SGT Loveday, sent LCDR Dunn an
email thanking him for the photos and arranging the
"My mother, Mavis, is SGT Loveday's sister,
and she thinks of him every Anzac Day. She fondly
recalls him as a young boy who dreamed of flying,"
Mr Hall said in his e-mail to LCDR Dunn.
"Thank you for remembering SGT Selwyn Keith
Loveday this Anzac Day, not as a soldier buried far
from home at Massey Cemetery, but as a mate, son,
brother, uncle and great uncle who is remembered by
all who knew and loved him, and by those who came
after his untimely passing."
FORT MASSEY CEMETERY: Every Anzac Day,
Navy exchange officers conduct a dawn service
at SGT Selwyn Loveday's grave in Halifax,
Canada. The cemetery has 128 WWI and WWII
Photos courtesy LCDR Bob Dunn
Finding changes at Pearce
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