David Malcolm Bain
While we had sufficient information to publish the Wing Commander David Bain story before Grahame Keaton's, it was decided that we should wait until the RAAF and ADF had finished their investigations into his behaviour, howeverlast Sunday, 19 March 06, the Bain story appeared in the Queensland Sunday Mail, seemingly provided by an enthusiastic wannabe hunter who was not, and is not, connected to ANZMI.
That news article is belowwith a better view of his 17 medals and three citations from the Distinguished Service Medal down to the Kuwait Liberation Medal shown enlarged, below the news article
The medals and citations he wore are all United States awards and are:
RAAF Pilot brevet. (Wings)
Now that the cat's out of the bag, we feel we can add to what was shown in the article.
David Bain came to our attention in late January 2006 when we were asked to check on his US Military service. Our friends in the US, Chuck and Mary Schantag of POW Network, did the necessary searches and came up with a nil result.
It was reported that Bain claimed to have been an Australian fighter pilot who was later seconded to the US and flew all sorts of missions there during the past decade or so.
A report of him claiming to have been a 16 year US Army helicopter pilot was also received, with stories of him flying Apaches.
24 October 2005. In a press interview, as advertising for selling air-conditioners from his shop, he was referred to as a former RAAF helicopter pilot, it was further stated that he was already trained and entered the RAAF as a pilot in 1972.
In this interview he was also quoted as saying that he won a flying scholarship in 1971 and entered the RAAF but he contradicts this in a later interview where he said it was 1970.
In either case it seems he was born 4 November 1954 and a RAAF pilot at age 15 or 16, very good.
Squadron Leader Bain was appointed Office Commanding 2 Wing AAFC and promoted to Wing Commander on 1 January 06 and promptly sacked two of his senior officers. After Bain "resigned for health reasons" Canberra reinstated them.
On 1 February 06, Bain was tossed out of his posting as OC and RAAF Security Police began investigating how he came by his RAAF pilot brevetbadge and all the US Army medals. The RAAF have indicated that they are proceeding with an investigation on his medals. Will this finally see one of these bogus people being charged with medals offences? We think not. To investigate his medals they should also look at his "service" of providing medal mounting for Servicepersons. No doubt this will lead to his access and obtaining the medals he illegal wore fraudulently.
At no time was he a RAAF pilot. We know the RAAF are reading this page. Will they (eventually) contact us and advise the outcome of their investigations into his bogus medals and the charges they have preferred against him, again we think not.
A Defence Force Policy statement was issued on 18 February 2004 and this is what both BAIN and KEATON would have signed off on as having read and understood. In the main it's basic leadership common sense so we only present point 12 and one of the commanding officer's responsibilities.
AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE CADETS (ADFC)
Apparently not worth the paper it was written on where 2 Wing AAFC Qld was concerned.
19 May 07
Bain has used deception for his own personal gratification. The article below says: Bain pleaded guilty to fraud, obtaining financial advantage by deception, falsely representing to be a returned soldier, wearing service decorations not conferred and using or wearing a Defence emblem (Pilot brevet). This is an admission by his lawyer. The lawyer also states "he has never been in trouble before"....most murderers are in the same boat and have to start somewhere. He claims Bain now worked assisting in air conditioner installation and "having a conviction would impact his economic situation." So what we say. He made the choice to impersonate a decorated service member and should now pay the penalty for his deception. He abused his position of authority within the Defence Cadet structure especially at a time where cadets are thinking of a career within a Defence force that is having troubles with recruiting. How do these youngsters feel about his deception?
29 Sep 2007
Bain's adventure into the world of make believe and fraud has ended. He was found guilty of numerous offences in the Ipswich, Queensland Magistrates Court and fined. The Magistrate described Bain's behaviour as bizarre. Below is a report of the legal proceedings
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