The order on the pic from Left to right Ricky Coomber, Frank Williams,
Steve Callan, Chopper Essex.
On the 4th May 1963, a Belvedere Helicopter crashed in Borneo close
to the village of Long Merarap in the Trusan Valley in the 5th Division
The Commander of the rescue patrol Frank Williams was
actually meant to travel on the helicopter but was called to the ops
and it left without him
A patrol from 22 SAS were inserted into the area to look for survivors.
They found the wreck, but sadly all 9 men who had been aboard the helicopter
were dead when they got there.
The names of the dead were:-
607191 Flt Lt APJ Dobson Royal Air Force.
166081 Flt lt DRE Viner Royal Air Force.
3524433 Cpl JL Williams Royal Air Force.
22537392 Cpl P Murphy 22 SAS.
Major RHD Norman MC MBE 22 SAS.
Major HAI Thompson MC 22 SAS.
Capt JP Connington. 22 SAS.
Mr MH Day Foreign Office.
D Reddish The Borneo Company.
The Patrol consisted of WO2 Frank Williams (Comd), Chopper Essex (Lead
Scout), Ricky Coomber (Medic) and Steve Callan (Signaller).
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