Date of Entry: 01/01/20xx
Surname: Bain
Christian Names: David Malcolm
Country: Australia
State or Province: QLD
City or Town: Sadliers Crossing
Case Notes:

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:

Distinguished Service Medal,
   Legion of Merit,
   Soldiers Medal,
   Bronze Star,
   Meritorious Service Medal,
   Air Medal,
  Army Commendation Medal,
  Air Force Commendation Medal
  Army Achievement Medal,
  Good Conduct Medal,
National Defence Service Medal
   Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal,
  Southwest Asia Service Medal,
   Armed Forces Reserves Medal,
  UN Medal
   Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi),
   Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)  or Multi Force and Observers medal.
   Army Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious
   Citation, and the Army Meritorious Unit Citation.

 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.


The article above is from Strike Publications, Defence News (SE Queensland) Issue 36, dated 24 Oct 2006, page 8, a journal of the RAAF Amberley Base.


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. 

The RAAF is as confused as all the people involved with medals in the Australian Government and until such time as the government can locate an expert on medals to fix all the problems and introduce into law
proper usage and severe fines that they will enforcefor fraudulent medal wearers, then the problems like Bain will continue to surface and we will continue to expose them.

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.


OUR BEHAVIOUR POLICY– a guide for staff and other adults working with Cadets

Cadet staff are responsible for:

12.   presenting themselves as a role model to Cadets by demonstrating these standards and values in their own behaviour in a manner that enhances the reputation of the Cadets



As a commanding officer of the unit, your responsibilities are to:

       take action and respond fairly, promptly, seriously and with sensitivity to complaints of unacceptable behaviour.


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? 

The magistrate has ordered a pre sentence report on this fool and adjourned the case to July 12.   This can mean a couple of things.   The do gooders now have the chance to plead a case of "he didn't really mean any harm" and because of the delay it is also possibly hoped the media will forget about the case so a lenient sentence can be dished out "so that his economic situation as an air conditioner installer is not harmed".  This is rubbish people.  He did the crime now do the time in accordance with the Defence Act 1903 section 80.  That is a maximum penalty of $3300 and or possible jail time and a recorded conviction.   As stated by the DVA Minister, the Hon Bruce Billson, MP in his press release here  which in part states;

"Under the Defence Act 1903 the penalties for the improper use of Service decorations and for impersonating Service personnel include a fine of up to $3300, six months imprisonment, or both.
Recently two people have been found guilty of offences under Sections 80 A and 80 B of the Defence Act for falsely claiming entitlements to medals. Further cases, resulting from the wearing of medals for which no entitlement exists, are currently subject to legal proceedings."

To those preparing the pre sentence report we say read the above.  Veterans and their service IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.  To ensure these people are stopped from their improper use of the uniform, service decorations and service, the maximum penalty should be used as a deterrent.  It is time that the law enforcers, judges, magistrates, federal police and the like, prosecuted these people to the fullest extent of the law and protect the Service, Honour and medals of the Australian Veterans.   Show your mettle here.  We look forward to the end result on 12 July. 


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


This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

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