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WORLD War II RAAF airman
WOFF John Penboss Hunt was one
of four people honoured at a burial
service in Italy, 68 years after dying
in a crash.
Boston BZ590, belonging to
18SQN of the Royal Air Force
(RAF), took off from Forli, Italy, near
Rimini on April 21, 1945.
Aboard were WOFF Hunt and
three RAF members.
The target was a river crossing on
the Po at Taglio di Po followed by
an armed reconnaissance of the Po
The aircraft failed to return and
was believed to have been brought
down by anti-aircraft fire, killing all
four crew members on board.
Deputy Director Coordination
-- Air Force WGCDR Wes Perrett,
WGCDR Robyne Green and
FSGT Sharon Davis, of Air Force
Headquarters, accompanied the
Australian relatives of WOFF Hunt to
the interment ceremony at the Padua
War Cemetery on July 18.
The Australian family included
WOFF Hunt's brother Wes Madge,
his nephews Darren and Ray Madge,
and Ray's wife Helen.
WGCDR Perrett, who officiated
at the ceremony, said Australia had
more than 11,000 crew missing from
WWII and the Korean War.
"When we do identify a lost crew
member it is a very special occasion,"
WGCDR Perrett said.
"It has been a great privilege to
share this emotional journey with the
"The interment ceremony was
particularly special in that the Boston
SINGAPORE has honoured CAF
AIRMSHL Geoff Brown with
the Meritorious Service Medal
(Military). AIRMSHL Brown said
he was humbled and very grateful
to receive the award, which was
conferred by the Singaporean
Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng
Hen, on July 15. "The significant
interaction between the RAAF and
the Republic of Singapore Air Force
spans across a wide spectrum of
activity and is one of the strongest
relationships in the region,"
AIRMSHL Brown said.
A MEMORIAL service will be held
by 1SQN on September 13 to mark
the 20th anniversary of the loss of
FLTLT Jeremy McNess and FLTLT
Mark Cairns-Cowan in an F-111
crash. The service will start at
10.30am at RAAF Base Amberley.
RSVP to FLTLT Shannon McGuckin
by email shannon.mcguckin@
defence.gov.au or phone (07) 5361
6477 by August 23.
New Horizon call
A COMMANDERS' Call to discuss
Air Force's New Horizon program
will be held from August 12-15
at RAAF Base Glenbrook. The
program is a significant cultural
reform journey for Air Force
over the next decade and the
workshop will reinforce the CO
leadership role in cultural reform.
DEFENCE has made a $7.5 million
contribution to the Williamtown
Wastewater Transfer Scheme.
Defence Parliamentary Secretary
Senator David Feeney said the
contribution would enable RAAF
Base Williamtown to be connected
to Hunter Water's sewerage
system. The existing base
sewage treatment plant will be
decommissioned by mid-2014.
THIRTY-SIX cadets from Canada,
South Korea, Hong Kong,
Netherlands, Turkey, Belgium,
Britain and the US are touring
Australia as part of the Australian
Air Force Cadets International
Air Cadet exchange youth
development program from July
20 to August 7. The cadets are
visiting significant Australian
landmarks and cultural sites
including Sydney Harbour, the
Blue Mountains, Australian
War Memorial, Australian
Defence Force Academy and
Finally laid to rest
TWELVE Army and Air Force
personnel worked with 48 mem-
bers of the Indonesian National
Defence Forces (TNI) during
the inaugural bilateral exercise
Garuda Kookaburra 2013 in
Commanding Officer Peace
Operations Training Centre
(POTC) LTCOL Fleur Froggatt
said the exercise aimed to build
participants' understanding of the
complex peacekeeping environ-
ment and enhance relationship
building with the TNI.
The level of peacekeeping
activities around the world has
never been higher with 106 coun-
tries currently contributing up
to 100,000 military personnel to
UN-mandated peacekeeping mis-
The exercise consisted of
theory, syndicate and practical
Indonesia commits about
1900 personnel to peacekeeping
missions around the world and is
seeking to increase that commit-
ment over the coming years.
"TNI and the ADF are learn-
ing from each other's training
methods and our respective
operational experiences," LTCOL
Divided into mixed TNI and
ADF syndicates, participants were
mentored by TNI and ADF exer-
cise staff members including
FLGOFF Katilyn O'Brien, of
"Being the most junior officer
on the exercise, I have learnt so
much in such a short time and I'm
extremely fortunate to have had
this valuable career opportunity,"
FLGOFF O'Brien said.
The next Exercise Garuda
Kookaburra will take place in
For more information about ADF POTC,
Working with Indonesia to hone peacekeeping skills
68 YEARS AGO: WOFF John Penboss Hunt. Inset, a Boston bomber
similar to the ill-fated BZ590.
TIME TO TALK: FLGOFF Katilyn O'Brien enjoys
some camaraderie after a patrol briefing.
crew was buried as it served -- togeth-
er."WGCDR Perrett said the crew of
the Boston was "symbolic of the long
and proud alliance between Britain
"The warmth shown by the Italian
community to the Australian con-
tingent during the week reflects the
long, strong relationship between
Italy and Australia, and the generosity
of the Italian communities around the
world including those in Australia,"
The coffin was carried by mem-
bers of the RAF's Queen's Colour
Squadron and the Last Post was
played by Ray Madge.
The remains of the aircraft were
unearthed in 2011 by Italian amateur
archaeological society Archeologi
dell'Aria, a group that searches for
the remains of WWII aircraft.
The excavation near Ferrara
revealed human remains and some
personal effects, including a watch
belonging to WOFF Hunt, which
was presented to Wes Madge by
the discoverer of the aircraft wreck-
age site, Fabio Raimond, before to
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