Remains of AUSSIE SAS diggers killed by kopassus Found in borneo

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#1 Feb 15, 2013
Remains of SAS diggers Ken Hudson and Bob Moncrieff found in Borneo
BY:MARK DODD From: The Australian March 16, 2010 3:58PM
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A Dayak local guides a boat in the area where Lieutenant Kenneth Hudson (top right) and Private Robert Moncrieff (below right) were swept away in a river crossing in March 1966. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied
THE remains of two Special Air Service diggers who went missing in action during the 1960s Confrontation with Indonesia have been found in West Kalimantan (Borneo).

Speaking in Parliament, a short while ago, Mr Rudd said the help of the Indonesian military had been crucial in recovering the remains of Lieutenant Ken Hudson and Private Bob Moncrieff, both of E Troop, 2 Squadron, SASR.

The pair drowned during a cross-border operation 44 years ago deep inside Indonesian territory.

“The remains of two Australian servicemen missing in action in 1966 in Indonesia have been found and have now been positively identified,“ the Prime Minister said.

“During a river crossing, they were separated from other members of their patrol and despite extensive searches at the time, were not found.”

The incident occurred in the early hours of March 21, 1966, while the SAS patrol was attempting to cross the Sekayan River.

But in 2008, the army began an investigation to try and find the remains.

In response to a request for assistance from the Indonesian military, search operations commenced last year involving the SAS and Indonesian special forces (Kopassus).

The key to the discovery was information provided by pro-Indonesian Dayak tribesmen, notably Ketua Adat, the keeper of culture and history for the local tribe.

There are no roads into the area, which lies in the remote border region and access is only by canoe.

Between 1962 and 1966 Indonesia and Malaysia fought a small undeclared war involving troops from Australia and Britain.

It came as a response to opposition by Indonesia to the creation of the Federation of Malaysia, seen by Jakarta as an attempt by Britain to maintain its Malaysian colony under the guise of granting it independence.

A total of 23 Australians were killed during the Confrontation - seven of them on operations - but because of the sensitivity of the cross-border operations, little publicity was given to the conflict at the time.

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