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October 10, 2013
SGT Dave Morley
THE loss of two aircrew in a 1SQN F-111 at
Guyra, NSW, on September 13, 1993, has been
commemorated at RAAF Base Amberley and
Ceremonies were held at Amberley on September
13 and Guyra on September 15 to remember FLTLTs
Jeremy "Jezz" McNess and Mark "CC" Cairns-
DCAF AVM Leo Davies, who spoke at the
Amberley commemoration, said it was an emotional
"I remember that day 20 years ago vividly -- I was
the authorising officer for B/S 18," he said. "Today,
we commemorate the loss of two fine aviators.
"With the years passing, we have learned a great
deal about safety, training and preparation for conflict
and, although it may be only small consolation to
many, our record is considerably better than it was."
GPCAPT Geoff Harland, Officer Commanding
82WG, said it was hard to imagine how long ago it
seemed and yet how clear it still was.
"On September 13, 1993, the RAAF, 82WG and
1SQN lost two of its finest aviators," he said.
"But, more importantly, a community of family,
friends and colleagues lost forever two gentlemen, two
characters and two shining examples to us all.
"I can remember being at home in Brisbane at the
time when I received a call, later that night, which I
found hard to believe -- we had lost a jet and the crew
could not be found.
"It's a call you never want to receive but, in the
profession of aviation, one you acknowledge can
GPCAPT Harland said when it became clear that
Jez and CC had been lost, it was hard to describe the
unshakeable and pervading sadness that descended on
"We were devastated," he said.
"I was lucky to have known them and I am grateful
for the wonderful and enduring relationship we have
with Jez and CC's families."
During the Guyra ceremony, an F/A-18 conducted
a flypast down Bradley Street from the north exiting
to the south-west as part of the commemoration. It
flew at 500 feet and at a speed of 350 knots.
Commanding Officer 1SQN WGCDR Murray
Jones, 1SQN personnel, Guyra Shire Council
and RSL sub-branch members, as well as local
citizens, attended the service.
family and friends of the two
pilots killed in an F-111 crash
20 years ago join personnel
to honour the pilots' sacrifice
at a ceremony at RAAF Base
Amberley; inset right, DCAF
AVM Leo Davies vividly
remembers that black day 20
years ago.Photos: LACW Kylie Gibson
Honouring lost mates
The aircraft, call sign "Buckshot 18", went down while on
a routine navigation exercise from RAAF Base Amberley on
September 13, 1993. It crashed on to a property 4km north-
west of Guyra with wreckage spread over half a square kilo-
metre. Pilot FLTLT Jeremy "Jezz" McNess, 26, of Geelong in
Victoria, and navigator FLTLT Mark "CC" Cairns-Cowan, 27,
of Forster in NSW, were both killed. Witnesses said the plane
caught fire in the air before exploding "like a fire cracker" and
falling to earth around 7.15pm. It appeared to have been
following the usual flight pattern.
THAT TRAGIC DAY
Left, relatives of
left, wife Colleen,
Andrew pay their
LS Helen Frank
NINE years after being given
freedom of entry to the city,
292SQN has once again marched
down Murray Street in Tanunda in
South Australia's Barossa Valley.
Sixty personnel from the squad-
ron marched -- and were stopped
and challenged for the right to pass
by South Australian Police Chief
Inspector Alex Zimmerman.
292SQN Commanding Officer
WGCDR Roger McCutcheon
said the warm reception from the
Barossa residents as he marched
down the street made him feel
proud and honoured to be leading
"I'd like to thank Mayor
Brian Hurn and Chief Inspector
292SQN freedom in Barossa
Zimmerman for allowing us this
honour," WGCDR McCutcheon
said. "The barbecue reception was
a great opportunity to engage with
local community groups."
292SQN Personnel Capability
Officer FLGOFF Rebecca Miller
said the highlight was proudly
marching down the main street.
"The local community watched
us pass -- it was really nice to hear
their applause," she said.
"One of the challenges was
getting everyone together for
practice. With all the sections in the
squadron having different flying
and training programs, this was no
292SQN first exercised the right
of Freedom of Entry to the towns
of the Barossa in 2004. Over time
the squadron has developed a strong
connection with the Barossa
community with some members
living in the area.
Squadron personnel have also
retired to the area and the squadron
also supports the local Anzac Day
dawn service in Nuriootpa each
TRADITION: WOFF Steve
Woods presents the scroll
to Chief Inspector Alex
CLOSE LINKS: 292SQN members march through the streets of Tanunda after exercising freedom of
Photos: LACW Nicci Freeman
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