David Cassebohm climbing into his Sabre fighter in April 1968 at RAAF Base Butterworth – his first flight after his accident of 19 March 1968 (that is described at QF32 page 45).
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Ash, I knew you from SOPUBS (with Pete Moxey). Hope you are well. Dave Cassebohm (Cass) and I were mates from flying together and arrived at SOPUBS around the same time. I took over from him when he took a SQNLDR slot vice ?? Page or Jeff Trappett. I also flew regularly with Richard when he was posted to Caribous. A good hand even in his pilot formative posting. He “clicked” with Stu McAlister and got good career advice from him. Hoppy
Where is Dave now? I worked with him in the Royal Australian Air Force in 1988 when we were at HQSC SPTO Pubs (better known as SO Pubs).
I also met Richard P T Champion de Crespigny at a RAAF Academy Graduation Ceremony when he was Aide de Camp (ADC) to the Governor General, Sir Zelman Cowen.
Dave Cassebohm is with us today due to his outstanding airmanship on that remarkable day.
I was one of the 77SQN ground crew who saw his Sabre suffer a compressor stall and plough into the rice paddy fields. By the time we arrived at the crash site (about 3 miles north of the base), the aircraft had burnt to the ground.
Dave had crawled out of the burning cockpit with just inches to spare. As the saying goes – he did well!