RAAF brings lost airmen home

Robert Carver as pictured in a RAAF photograph shortly before his death.
Robert Carver as pictured in a RAAF photograph shortly before his death. Contributed

AFTER nearly four decades, Pilot Officer Robert Carver is finally on his way home to Toowoomba.

The remains of the airman were yesterday placed aboard a RAAF Hercules transport aircraft for the trip from Hanoi, Vietnam, back to Australia.

Family members and former comrades of the RAAF’s 2 Squadron observed the solemn ceremony at Noi Bai Airfield as his casket was carried aboard the aircraft, alongside the late Flying Officer Michael Herbert.

The men were Australia’s last missing ADF members from the Vietnam War.

Their remains will be ceremonially received at the RAAF Base Richmond, north-west of Sydney, this morning.

The Hercules carrying their remains will land about 10.30am.

Family members and fellow servicemen have accompanied the remains on their final journey home.

Pilot Officer Carver was 24 when his Canberra bomber went missing on a mission on November 3, 1970.

Pilot Officer Carver’s funeral will be held in Toowoomba on Thursday.

Then he will be finally laid to rest in peace.

Home at last.

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