A commemorative service with flyover by a RAAF PC-21 was held at the Busselton War Memorial on Saturday to mark 80 years since a Bristol Beaufort bomber left Busselton and never returned. Relatives of the five young men who were abroad the bomber crew, presumed dead as any wreckage was never found, travelled to Busselton for the service. Representatives from the Australian air force and navy also attended and laid wreaths at the service by the RSL. Aboard the doomed flight were Flight Lieutenant Arthur M. Aitken and Flight Sergeant Peter D. Hastie, both from Perth, Flight Lieutenant Cedric Richards and Flight Sargent Alexander Emerson from Victoria, and Army Temporary Captain Harry Kolbig from South Australia. On Saturday Des Aitken, nephew of Arthur Aitken, travelled from Kalgoorlie to attend, and niece of Peter Hastie, Priscilla Smith came from Perth for the service for the five men who departed the then Busselton Royal Airforce base on September 9, 1943. They flew out at 11.50am to patrol the coast for enemy shipping from D’Entrecasteaux Point to Rottnest Island, with the plan to land at Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce. However, the plane disappeared, after being sighted by MV Nordnes 45 nautical miles off D’Entrecasteaux Point about 2pm. Two days later on September 11, a yellow rubber life dinghy was spotted by the Freighter Dukeof Sparta 85 nautical miles off the South West coast but no bodies were found. Eighty years on, it is still unknown where these men lie. In 2020, the Busselton RSL donated a plaque at the war memorial for the five servicemen lost in the Bomber. At the service on Saturday, wreaths were placed on the Memorial by Ms Smith and Mr Aitken to honour their uncles, and by the ADF personnel to honour Richards Emerson and Kolbig . Ms Smith and Mr Aitken said they were grateful for the recognition given to their relatives, with the plaque being placed on the wall in 2020, and the 80th anniversary service. “Until these answers were found we had no idea of what had happened to our uncles, only that they had disappeared in a plane somewhere,” Ms Smith said.