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April 12, 2012
THERE was standing room only
when a highly respected and
well-liked WOFF who had spent
his entire adult life in the military was
farewelled on February 10.
36SQN loadmaster WOFF Michael
Wilson died on February 3.
WOFF Wilson was born in
Brisbane in June 1963 and joined the
Air Force as a 16-year-old apprentice
In 1982, WOFF Wilson remus-
tered from engine fitter to flight
engineer and spent most of his career
with 36 and 37SQNs at RAAF Base
His time included a deployment
to Sinai as part of a multinational
In 1995 he was promoted to WOFF
and worked with 386 Expeditionary
Combat Support Squadron and 37SQN
before transferring to the RAF in 2000.
He completed operational deploy-
ments to Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan
before returning to Australia in 2005
and re-enlisting in the RAAF.
In 2007 he remustered to loadmas-
ter and returned to 36SQN to assist in
the introduction of the C-17A.
That would be his final posting.
More than 50 members of 36SQN
formed a bearer party, guard of honour
and firing party, and joined relatives,
friends and colleagues for the funeral.
Members from Richmond travelled
to RAAF Base Amberley on a C-130
for the funeral. This was an aircraft
which WOFF Wilson had served on in
a variety of roles.
A large number of relatives, friends
and colleagues attended the funeral
RAAF Base Williamtown lost
a promising young member
when 20-year-old LAC Douglas
Graeme Bell was killed on March 14
in a car accident near the base.
LAC Bell, better known as Dougy,
enlisted as a cook on January 13,
2009, and quickly proved to be an
extremely capable member in the
He was a member of 381
Expeditionary Combat Support
LAC Bell became noted for his
willingness to go that extra mile, both
within and outside the service.
He was always willing to volunteer
for exercises or to help out in any way
he could, while his jovial, larrikin atti-
tude lifted those around him.
His contribution to the local com-
munity went beyond his Air Force
service as he was also a volunteer
He initially served with the Rural
Fire Services and then was retained
with the NSW Fire Services.
He was buried with full military
honours on March 23 after squadron
CO WGCDR Lee de Winton and
members from 381CSS joined his
parents, family and friends at a ser-
vice to celebrate his life at the base
After the service, an honour guard
led the hearse and escort vehicles
to the Beresfield Crematorium for a
private ceremony while other mem-
bers lined the route and saluted as he
A wake was held at the Sergeants'
Mess after the service.
WOFF Michael Wilson
noted for his
to go that
PROUD MOMENT: 36SQN loadmaster WOFF Mick Wilson, of
RAAF Base Amberley, on the occasion of the first scheduled
C-17A flight into Afghanistan in 2009.
Photo: LAC Scott Woodward
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