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REMAINS OF AUSTRALIA'S LAST TWO MISSING ADF MEMBERS FOUND IN VIETNAM|
Posted on July 30, 2009
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From: Bob Gibson
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 5:15 AM
Subject: REMAINS OF AUSTRALIA'S LAST TWO MISSING ADF MEMBERS FOUND IN VIETNAM
We now have all MIA troops from Australia's involvement in South Vietnam Home and accounted for.
Well done Jim Bourke and his team from "Operation Aussie Home".
May there all now rest in Peace and their families can now move on after all this time.
Lest We Forget.
Bob "Bomber" Gibson
Australian Vietnam Veteran.
Rifleman D&E Platoon 1 ATF
1967 - Oct 1968 TET .
Minister for Defence Media Mail List
THE HON. GREG COMBET AM MP
Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science
Thursday, 30 July 2009
REMAINS OF AUSTRALIA’S LAST TWO MISSING ADF MEMBERS FOUND IN VIETNAM
Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, today announced that the remains of the final two missing Australian Defence Force personnel from the Vietnam War have been located.
“An Air Force investigation team which recently deployed to Vietnam have found human remains at the site where the wreckage of a Royal Australian Air Force Canberra bomber was located in April this year,” Mr Combet said.
“The aircraft, which went missing on 3 November 1970, was flown by Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer Robert Carver. The wreckage was located in thick jungle in an extremely rugged, remote and sparsely populated area of Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, near the Laotian border.”
Mr Combet said the recovery team discovered human remains in the vicinity of the crash site. The remains were transported to Hanoi, where Vietnamese and Australian forensic specialists identified them as those of Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer Robert Carver.
“Relatives of the two crew members have been advised of the discovery and Air Force will continue to keep them updated. These airmen gave their lives in the service of their nation. I hope finding the remains of the airmen will bring some comfort to the families.
“This is an excellent result for the investigation team and the cooperation of the Vietnamese authorities has been exceptional and highly valued by the team and the Government of Australia.
“Invaluable assistance has been given by a number of former North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers and their commanders as well as many local villagers. Their compassion and commitment to assisting this vital mission is greatly appreciated,” Mr Combet said.
He also acknowledged the efforts and commitment to the recovery of Australian war dead shown by Jim Bourke and Operation Aussies Home.
A timetable for the return of these remains to Australia has yet to be agreed between the Australian and Vietnamese Governments. Details of the burial of the airmen are a private matter for the families.
Further details of the successful recovery mission will be made publicly available once the Air Force team returns from Vietnam and has had the opportunity to fully brief the Herbert and Carver family members.
Images of FLGOFF M.P. Herbert, PLTOFF R.C. Carver, and a Canberra Bomber can be found on the Defence website at:
Select still imagery of the expedition can be found at http://www.defence.gov.au/media/download/2009/jul/20090730/index.htm
Vision will be made available through networks at Parliament House at approximately 16:00.
Further imagery will become available upon the return of the expedition.
Background on Flying Officer Herbert and Pilot Officer Carver
Flying Officer Michael Herbert was 24 years old when the Canberra bomber was lost. He was the pilot of “Magpie 91” and was a veteran of 198 operational sorties over Vietnam. FLGOFF Herbert joined No. 2 Squadron in February 1970. He was from Glenelg, South Australia.
Pilot Officer Robert Carver was also 24 years old. He was the navigator on “Magpie 91” and had conducted 33 sorties in Vietnam. PLTOFF Carver joined No. 2 Squadron in September 1970. He was from Toowoomba, Queensland.
Rod Hilton (Greg Combet): 02 6277 4771 or 0458 276 619
Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664
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