The remains of Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer Robert Carver were formally welcomed home on 31 Aug 09 in a reception ceremony attended by their family and former comrades from 2 Squadron, 39 years after they went missing on operations in Vietnam. Following a 17 hour flight in a C130 aircraft from Hanoi, the RAAF Federation Guard formed an honour guard while the bearer party from No 2 Squadron carried the caskets from the Hercules to waiting biers on the tarmac.

The Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science Mr Greg Combet in his address to the assembled family, veterans and dignitaries, said "the repatriation was the end of an era. Australia can close this chapter of its history." He concluded, "We honour all of those who served in Vietnam and sincerely thank them for their service."

Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Mark Binskin attended the ceremony as did many veterans of Vietnam. A significant group of veterans was from 2 Squadron Association which included many Squadron mates of Bob and Mike, those who served with them in Vietnam and those who knew them at Amberley. They all formed a 'Guard of Honour' as the hearses moved off the tarmac.

Lance Halvorson, Vice-President Communications and Media, represented the National President, AVM Roxley McLennan AO (Retd), at the Repatriation Ceremony and Mike and Bob's funerals.

Forming a significant backdrop to the ceremony was the Temora Air Museum Canberra, resplendent in the paint scheme of a 2SQN Vietnam era Canberra. Although not a RAAF Canberra that flew in Vietnam, its presence was very emotional to the families and all those who flew and maintained the aircraft during their service in the RAAF. Its takeoff after the ceremony brought tears of remembrance and sadness to many eyes.