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State Funeral for Bob Carver


Funeral: Bob Carver ~ September 3, 2009: Bob's coffin awaits the start of the service: St Luke’s Anglican Church after the funeral in Toowoomba, QLD Funeral: Bob Carver ~ September 3, 2009: Bob’s Photo and Service Medals: St Luke’s Anglican Church after the funeral in Toowoomba, QLD Funeral: Bob Carver ~ September 3, 2009: Preparing for Departure to Bob’s Final Resting Place: St Luke’s Anglican Church after the funeral in Toowoomba, QLD

Official Department of Defence Media Release

Funeral for PLTOFF Robert Carver: 03 September 2009

Family and friends, along with government and military representatives, gather for the funeral of Pilot Officer Robert Carver at St Luke’s Cathedral in Toowoomba, Queensland. Pilot Officer Carver was repatriated by the Royal Australian Air Force from Vietnam to Australia on 30 August 2009 with military ceremonies in both Hanoi, Vietnam and at Royal Australian Air Force Base Richmond, New South Wales.

Pilot Officer Carver and Flying Officer Michael Herbert went missing in action when the Royal Australian Air Force Canberra Bomber they were flying in disappeared on 3 November 1970 while returning to base following a bombing mission. As part of Operation Magpies Return, the remains of Pilot Officer Carver and Flying Officer Herbert, along with the wreckage of their aircraft, were located in thick jungle in a remote and sparsely populated area of Quang Nam Province, Vietnam.

The return of Pilot Officer Robert Carver and Flying Officer Michael Herbert of Number 2 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, completes the search for all missing Australian Defence Force personnel who died while on operations during the Vietnam Conflict.