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Old 10th Jun 2014, 10:23   #61 (permalink)


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Reg Van Leuvan

Just joined this site. Regarding Reg Van Leuvan. I was in Vung Tau Vietnam at the same time as Reg and got along very well with him. He was with 9 sqn flying choppers and he took me up a few times with him on missions over the jungle. A really top bloke and down to earth. Regarding his death- he was flying his chopper near a place Killarney which is near Stanthorpe when he got into difficulties. The only clear place for him to land was a park which had children playing in it so Reg took the chopper away from that area and went bush and crashed. A great pilot indeed.
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Old 4th Feb 2016, 13:55   #62 (permalink)
 
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Times Past

Came across this thread by chance. As a matter of interest I post the following:

On the 6th February 2016 MRS Helen Vidler and No 9 Sqn Association and will host a commemoration ceremony for the crash of A2 378 at Cooinda near Stanthorpe NSW on the 11 January 1974 during flood assistance operations.

Flt LT Reg Van Leuven and SGT Peter Vidler were killed in the crash and several members injured.

A plaque will be dedicated to the deceased and injured in the crash and laid at the site of the crash.

The commemoration ceremony will be held at approximatley 10.30 am.

After the ceremony we will retire to the Warwick RSL for drinks and lunch. Lunch is planned for 1.00pm.

Location: 1973 Inverary Rd Cement Mills QLD 4352. Farm name COOINDA

I was one the aforementioned RAAF blokes on RAF courses with Reg in the UK in '68/9. It will be the first time that other course members: Noel Furber, Bob Hobson, Greg Walsh, (with apologies from Bob Chaplin) & myself will be "with Reg" since those days. Once a friend, friends forever! RIP Reg.
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Old 16th Feb 2016, 19:49   #63 (permalink)
 
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Taff Harris

Was that APO Taff Harris who I sent first solo on 16 Jun 70?
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 08:34   #64 (permalink)
 
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Rosco, did you see the PM I sent on 17 Feb? If so, any joy? I really would like to make contact with Bob.
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Old 24th Feb 2016, 10:54   #65 (permalink)
 
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Harris or Harries?

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Was that APO Taff Harris who I sent first solo on 16 Jun 70?
Unlikely...
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Old 18th Jun 2017, 17:19   #66 (permalink)
 
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Anyone on here who was on 18 Course at Linton.
Please PM as I am trying to arrange a reunion get together. I would have said pi** up but at our age that seems unlikely!
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Old 22nd Jun 2017, 08:10   #67 (permalink)
 
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Interesting read through these posts. Post 7 shows a photo of Linton instructors. I recognised Chris Tickell. He retired from Channel Express about 1999. He was Captain on the L188 Electra and a true gent. I can provide no further information I'm afraid.
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Old 22nd Jun 2017, 09:09   #68 (permalink)
 
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Looking back again at the photo of Linton instructors in Post 7, I noticed that one of them is named as Andy ? Hill. I'm fairly sure that his first name is Ian - OC A Flt, 1 Sqn, No1 FTS in 1969.
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Three of the Aussies went with me to 181 Cse at Syerston.
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Old 22nd Jun 2017, 18:02   #70 (permalink)
 
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5th from the left, front row looks like the late Bruce Cogram; knew him when he was an AEO doing the Victor1/1A OCU at Gaydon in '63. Sad loss!
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Old 22nd Jun 2017, 19:22   #71 (permalink)
 
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Yes, sadly Bruce was killed in a Harrier accident in Germany. He was a really nice bloke, and acted as a mentor to the youngsters on the course using his previous experience to great effect.
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Old 22nd Jun 2017, 21:31   #72 (permalink)
 
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Happy memories, as an instructor from Church Fenton, of playing the Linton chaps at drinking in the Black Swan on Saturday lunchtimes.
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Old 10th Jul 2017, 13:07   #73 (permalink)


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Most of us started on 241 AOTS Course at Church Fenton on 1 April 68... Syerston was a great place for BFT!
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