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"ONCE a Magpie, always a Mag-
pie", CO 75SQN WGCDR Phil Arms
said at FLGOFF Cameron Conroy's
20th anniversary commemorative ser-
vice at RAAF Base Tindal on June 4.
The service marked the death of
F/A-18 pilot FLGOFF Conroy when
his aircraft crashed off Cape York
Peninsula on June 5, 1991.
An extensive air and sea search
failed to locate him or the aircraft.
The exact cause of the accident is
"FLGOFF Conroy served with
75SQN from July 3, 1990 until his
death," WGCDR Arms said.
"His death occurred during a tragic
period of aviation safety within Air
Force, and was a particularly dark
Over the previous 10 years, there
had been 42 fatalities from six sepa-
rate accidents across the Air Force.
During the previous 12 months the
then 75SQN CO WGCDR Ross Fox,
FLTLT Russ Page and FLTLT Geoff
Bryant (then on exchange with the US
Marine Corps) had died from the fast
jet community alone.
"Cam's accident was shortly to
follow. It is difficult to imagine the
sense of loss experienced by those
who were part of 75SQN at the time,"
WGCDR Arms said.
"Cam was killed in a routine train-
ing mission doing what he loved;
doing what we do every day at
WGCDR Arms acknowledged
FLGOFF Conroy's widow, Christine,
and her son Cameron, and the impor-
tant role that families play in 75SQN.
Christine Conroy planted a tree in
commemoration of FLGOFF Conroy
in the memorial garden at RAAF Base
During the service, WGCDR Arms
said: "Cam's service to his country
came at a great cost to you and we
are grateful for the sacrifice you had
"We would like you to know that
you, and Cam's memory, remain a
part of the 75SQN family.
"Memories of Cam can be found
within the operations crew room and
throughout the squadron. The tree that
you will plant here later today will be
a living memorial to him."
The memorial garden, dedicated
to WGCDR Fox last August, was
created by serving members of the
squadron to remember and honour
those who had paid the ultimate sac-
"Today is a reminder that things
can and do go wrong and by the very
nature of our chosen profession the
consequences are typically tragic and
the impact on the squadron signifi-
cant," WGCDR Arms said.
"Cam will never be forgotten; not
by his family, not by his mates and
never by 75SQN."
Above, Christine Conroy
prepares to lay a wreath
at FLGOFF Conroy's
service at Tindal. Right,
OC 81WG GPCAPT
Joe Iervasi pays his
Photos: LAC Terry Hartin
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