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August 16, 2012
CPL Aaron Curran
MEMBERS of 460SQN marked the
second anniversary of the squadron's
reformation on July 6 by hearing sto-
ries straight from three veterans who
served with the squadron.
They were Daniel Cullen, Alex
Jenkins and Jim Riordan.
At a dining-in night at Weston
Creek in Canberra, CAF AIRMSHL
Geoff Brown and guests were treated
to a night that highlighted the squad-
ron's success and expansion since
CAF spoke of the sacrifices made
by 460SQN during WWII and the
extraordinary dedication of its mem-
bers who suffered 1018 casualties.
He said it was important to
acknowledge the legacy and the herit-
age of the past.
"The recent reformation of
460SQN is an important part of Air
Force's capability and I look forward
to seeing it continue the proud history
of the squadron," he said.
"The role of 460SQN today is
essential for 21st century operations,
because without accurate intelligence,
a precision weapon will hit the wrong
Mr Jenkins's story was straight
from squadron legend.
Shot down over Belgium in 1945,
he was the sole survivor when the
aircraft exploded. He landed behind
enemy lines, but managed to cross into
Allied territory and return to the UK to
rejoin the squadron.
In May this year he returned to
Belgium at the invitation of the town
where his crew is buried and was part
of a ceremony in their honour.
He took with him a tribute from
CO 460SQN, WGCDR Rob Elliott,
who also spoke of these men at the
"The original members of 460SQN
left us a legacy of extraordinary dedi-
cation, commitment and resilience"
WGDCR Elliott said.
"Their courage and perseverance
WELL DONE, MICHAEL: 460SQN veterans join 460SQN CO WGCDR Rob Elliott (right) to congratulate CPL Michael Stoddart (left) for being
awarded the 460SQN Veterans and Friends Group Trophy for 2012 at a dining-in night held to commemorate the second anniversary of the
reformation of the squadron.
Photo: FSGT John Carroll
"CPL Stoddard's contribution
has been influential to the develop-
ment and execution of key capabilities
throughout the squadron," WGCDR
"He has demonstrated leadership
beyond that expected of his rank,
served with distinction during three
operational deployments, and despite
the personal costs, has enthusiasti-
cally and selflessly stepped forward
to accept a very short notice to move
is an inspiration to those within our
"There are many parallels between
those who served in WWII and those
who continue the tradition today. It is
clear that you are strongly committed
to the squadron's values and vision,
and your service within the squadron,
has shown a high regard for personal
and analytical integrity, professional-
ism, and team over self," he said.
To honour the link with the past,
the 460SQN Veterans and Friends
Group award a trophy for the most
outstanding contribution made by a
squadron member each year.
CPL Michael Stoddard, a geospa-
tial imagery intelligence analyst, was
presented with the trophy by the three
veterans for his leadership, dedication
WGCDR Elliott said CPL Stoddard
was commended for his exceptional
performance as a Hard Targets analyst,
NCOIC of 'C' Flight, and as an image-
ry analyst in the Middle East.
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