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The relocation of an F-111 from RAAF Base Amberley to RAAF Base Wagga had to be abandoned mid-trip because of flooding at
Wagga -- but not before tributes to four fallen airmen could be made along the way. Raveena Carroll-Kenney reports.
AROCKY ride in a ute through
paddocks containing cows and
sheep might seem an unlikely
route to a crash memorial, but
it served the purpose.
It happened during an aborted
attempt to transport retired F-111
aircraft A8-142 from RAAF Base
Amberley to RAAF Base Wagga, where
it will be used as a static display aircraft
Flooding in Wagga prevented
the F-111 reaching its destination.
However, the convoy of the Pig went
through the northern NSW towns of
Tenterfield and Guyra, where four air-
men died in two crashes in 1987 and
1993 while training in the local air-
While the retired aircraft travelled
down the highway through Tenterfield
on a semi-trailer, former F-111 naviga-
tor, SQNLDR Phillip Griggs and WOFF
Gavin Slater, from the F-111 disposals
team, drove down a back street where a
beautifully maintained memorial is kept.
There they laid a wreath in memory
of FLGOFF Bill Pike and FLTLT Mark
Fallon, who were killed in a crash at the
site in 1987.
SQNLDR Griggs said it was clear
the memory of the accident was still
strong in the town.
"Tenterfield's mayor, Toby Smith,
described to us in detail what the locals
saw and heard on the night of the crash,
including the sound and the stretch of
fire across the landscape," SQNLDR
"It was very apparent that the town
takes pride in remembering these men
with the utmost respect for the job they
did and the sacrifice they made."
A little further down the highway,
the mission to honour the lost airmen
took the F-111 team to a farm a few
kilometres west of Guyra, where the
property's owner, Bob, runs hundreds of
head of cattle and sheep.
The crash site is far from the road
and Bob had to drive the team off-road
in his ute through several paddocks to
pay their respects.
Livestock now graze where FLTLTs
Jeremy McNess and Mark Cairns-
Cowan perished in 1993 during a simu-
lated bombing raid.
But the memory of the airmen is
maintained on the site with a small
plaque, which is surrounded by a fence
to keep the animals out.
Tributes on the byways
In town the airmen are remembered
at a public monument outside the Guyra
Council offices, where the team laid
SQNLDR Griggs said it was an
honour to make the pilgrimage to dem-
onstrate that Air Force had not forgotten
the aircrew it lost in northern NSW.
"As a navigator I spent many hours
flying over these towns, which gave me
one particular perspective," SQNLDR
"But here on the ground, as you talk
to people and see how the community
continues to honour the airmen who
have died, you get a real sense that Air
Force is very much part of the local his-
The decision to turn back the F-111 came
on March 6, a day after the Pig convoy left
Amberley. A new attempt will be made in
late April/early May.
WOFF Gavin Slater, left,
and SQNLDR Phillip
Griggs place wreaths at
the Tenterfield memorial,
left, and the Guyra town
Photos: LACW Jessica Smith
on the back
of a truck.
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