celebrate passion for flying
FLTLT Gavin Barnett
chief flying instructor Kerry Schiemer, RWFC President Flight
Lieutenant David Jackson and Catriona Moir, the sister of
the late Flight Lieutenant Euan Duncan, with the mementos
presented to the RWFC.
Photo by LAC Steve Duncan
a separate ceremony to the RWFC event, CAF Air Marshal Angus
Houston presented the commissioning certificates of Flight
Lieutenant Euan Duncan and Flying Officer Luke Morrall to
Michael and Catriona Moir and Rosemary and Philip Morrall.
Photo by LACW Simone Liebelt
THE RAAF Williamtown Flying Club (RWFC) has played host to a special
guest on an occasion tinged with sadness.
Catriona and Michael Moir, who had travelled from England, paid
a visit to meet club members on April 7.
Catriona is the sister of the late Flight Lieutenant Euan Duncan
who, along with mate Flying Officer Luke Morrall, died in a Tiger
Moth accident at RAAF Base Williamtown on February 16, 2002.
In a touching gesture, Catriona presented the club with personal
mementos to celebrate Euans love of flying. Emotions in the
room ran high as Catriona related a short story regarding one of
A wooden Tiger Moth, complete with electrically operated propeller,
was hand made by Euans 12-year old niece a year before the
accident. It was meant as a gift for Euan, to take with him to Australia.
He had no room in his luggage, and was going to pick it up when
he was next at home. He never returned.
A photo frame arrangement, set with pictures of Euan and Luke, along
with a brief tribute to the pair, completed the items to be displayed
in the club rooms. Former chief flying instructor Kerry Schiemer
accepted the mementos on behalf of the club.
Catriona also presented RWFC President Flight Lieutenant David Jackson
with a cheque for $1000, part of Euans funeral donations.
The money will be used to introduce some well-deserving people to
the joys of flight, something Euan would have approved.
The event brought a sense of closure to many of those present, allowing
Catriona and Michael to share memories of Euan as he was in happier
times. No. 81 Wing photographer and RWFC member Leading Aircraftman
Steve Duncan was particularly cognisant of the depth of emotion
in the air: he was the duty photographer on call at the time to
record the accident scene.