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November 10, 2011
ON PAGE 2 of the October 13 edi-
tion, Air Force News ran a story on
loadmaster FSGT Paula Ivanovic
which incorrectly stated that she
was only the third woman of four to
become a loadmaster. FSGT Ivanovic
was the fourth female to become a
loadmaster at the time of completing
her loadmaster conversion training.
There are currently only three female
loadmasters serving in the role, with
a fourth undergoing training.
AFTER 20 years, the loss of five air-
men aboard Boeing 707 Wilberforce
still resounds with Air Force.
Past and present members gathered
at RAAF Base Richmond on October
29 to commemorate the anniversary
with family and relatives of the crew.
The crew were SQNLDR Mark
Lewin, FLTLTs Tim Ellis and Mark
Duncan, and WOFFs Jon Fawcett and
Al Gwynne, all of 33SQN.
On October 29, 1991, their B707
departed RAAF Base Richmond with
the callsign 'Windsor 380' for a train-
ing mission to Victoria.
The aircraft crashed off the
Gippsland coast in a training accident.
On the 20th anniversary, more
than 100 people filled both chapels at
Richmond for a commemorative ser-
vice, followed by a wreath laying at
the crew's memorial.
Special mention was made for
SQNLDR Kay Ellis, widow of FLTLT
SURVEILLANCE and Response Group
has welcomed a new commander with
a handover parade at RAAF Base Wil-
AIRCDRE Stephen Osborne has
taken over from outgoing commander
AIRCDRE Jim Brown, who is moving
to Washington to take up his new post
as Defence Air Attache.
After two years with SRG,
AIRCDRE Brown said he leaves with
"SRG personnel have certainly
demonstrated to Air Force how much
of a highly-specialised Force Element
Group (FEG) we have become,"
AIRCDRE Brown said.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their
efforts, their hard work is appreciated
and their contribution goes a long way
in shaping Australia's intelligence, sur-
veillance and reconnaissance, air bat-
tle management, air traffic control and
maritime response capability into the
"SRG has certainly entered a new
chapter and it's been an exciting time
to belong to this FEG, with world-first
capabilities making long-awaited arriv-
als."AIRCDRE Osborne brings 30 years
of experience in the Air Force to SRG's
top job. AIRCDRE Osborne started his
career at 10SQN as a navigator. He has
served a number of executive positions
at 92WG including OC of the wing.
He has also completed a wide range
of deployments, including serving as
Tim Ellis, who had died from cancer
in January this year. Her experiences,
along with those of the other widows,
led to an effort to change how Air
Force deals with family members after
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown read
a personal account of each crewmem-
ber at the service, reflecting on the
career, friends and family they had left
"The five men who gave their lives
on October 29, 1991, were proud,
committed and professional airmen,"
AIRMSHL Brown said.
"They were part of a team -- three
pilots, one engineer and one loadmas-
ter -- flying a training mission aimed at
honing their respective skills."
Like many at the service,
AIRMSHL Brown had a close connec-
tion with the crew -- he graduated from
the same pilots' course as SQNLDR
Lewin, and the pair were close friends.
"Today is about remembering and
paying tribute to them and the sacrifice
they made," AIRMSHL Brown said.
"Today is also about acknowledging
the families and friends, and the loss
they have endured."
Commander Air Lift Group
AIRCDRE Gary Martin said the
shockwaves of the accident still
strongly resounded today.
"Without question, it represents
the darkest chapter in Air Lift Group's
recent history," AIRCDRE Martin
said.. "Their loss was a cold reminder
about the dangers of our profession, if
we do not make safety of our people
our top priority."
AIRCDRE Martin said a number
of changes in Air Lift Group and Air
Force had delivered safety improve-
ments -- from simulator training and
airworthiness practices, through to
how Air Force engages with next of
"Our regret is that it took the
loss of five colleagues and friends
-- SQNLDR Mark Lewin, FLTLTs
Timothy Ellis and Mark Duncan,
WOFFs Jon Fawcett and Al Gwynne
-- to cause our paradigm towards avi-
ation safety and family support to
change," AIRCDRE Martin said.
PERSONAL CONNECTION: CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown lays a wreath at the memorial for the five crew lost
aboard B707 Wilberforce, pictured inset.
Photo: SGT Brett Sherriff
CORRECTING THE RECORD
the AP-3C Detachment Commander in
the Middle East in 2003. Most recent-
ly, he was Chief of Staff to the Vice
Chief of the Defence Force and Director
Operations and Preparedness in Air
"It's great to be back at SRG and
I am looking forward to working
with such a diverse and highly talent-
ed and experienced group of people,"
AIRCDRE Osborne said.
SRG baton is passed
to new commander
IT'S OFFICIAL: Incoming
Commander SRG AIRCDRE
Stephen Osborne watches outgoing
commander AIRCDRE Jim Brown
sign the official handover paperwork.
Photo: LAC Craig Barrett
20th anniversary of B707 crew loss
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