Magpie 91

You’ve lain within your fallen steed, for nearly forty years

But decades cannot wipe away, the heartache and the tears

For we tried to bring our warriors home, at the end of that long fray

But sadly two were to remain, for we knew not where they lay

 

You were not to question why, the riddles of this war

You proudly wore the uniform, as your fathers had before

But you were spared the painful mask, of those who had returned

Who were to face a jeering crowd and our nation’s flag being burned

 

There are some who’ll say your name, at sunset and at dawn

And some will even see your ghosts, in the mists of ANZAC morn

Your names are found on marble walls, of heroes most long gone

But no one ever leaves this life, while the memories live on

 

Through the help of former foes, your sanctuary has been revealed

For sweat, hope and tears pushed back, what nature had concealed

The mystery has been put aside, we finally know the truth

And found the place where you have slept, in eternal youth

 

You’ll be met by your old mates, today well past their prime

Who recall you as you were, in that distant time

For now beneath that jungle damp, your souls no longer roam

You will lie in native soil, our magpies have come home

 

No. 2 Squadron Association member Tomas 'Paddy' Hamilton recites the poem he wrote in memory of Magpie 91 during a 50th anniversary commemorative service at RAAF Base Williamtown. Photo by Corporal Brett Sherriff.
No. 2 Squadron Association member Tomas ‘Paddy’ Hamilton recites the poem he wrote in memory of Magpie 91 during a 50th anniversary commemorative service at RAAF Base Williamtown. Photo by Corporal Brett Sherriff.

Tomas ‘Paddy’ Hamilton
4 August 2009

 

CAPTION: Framed commemorations of Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer Robert Carver positioned in front of a Canberra bomber during a 50th anniversary commemorative service at RAAF Base Williamtown. Photo by Corporal Brett Sherriff.
50th ANNIVERSARY SERVICE REPORT HERE

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