|Pilot G/Capt Frederick James Byam Wight (MIA / KIA / BR) Mornington, VIC
Observer W/Cdr Walter Lawrence Hammond, 1075 (MIA / KIA / BR) Westbourne Park, SA
Crashed January 30, 1944
Built as Avro as a Model 652 Anson. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number LT294. Shipped overseas to Australia.
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Assigned to 2 Aircraft Park (2 AP) on July 5, 1943. Next to 8 SFTS on September 24, 1943. Then 4 CU on Decmeber 20, 1943. Finally 9 CU on February 11, 1944. No known nickname or nose art.
On January 30, 1944 took off piloted by G/Capt Frederick J. B. Wight on a mission and crashed on Mount Kenevi. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). Group Captain Wight was the most senior RAAF officer missing during World War II.
On April 29, 1961 a joint Australian Administration patrol led by RAAF Searcher Team leader S/Ldr Keith Rundle with an American recovery
team located this crash site. On March 5, 1965, the remains of both crew members were recovered and transported to Port Moresby for permenant burial.
Both crew members were officially declared dead the day of the mission. On March 5, 1965 both crew members were buried at Bomana (Port Moresby War Cemetery) joint grave C8. B. 26-27.
ADF Serials - Anson LT294
RAAFDB - Anson LT294
CWGC - Frederick James Byam Wight
CWGC - Walter Lawrence Hammond
Aviation Heritage - Frederick James Byam Wight
Aviation Heritage - Walter Lawrence Hammond
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January 30, 2019