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  Avro Anson Mark I Serial Number LT294 
RAAF
9 CU

Former Assignments
2 AP
8 SFTS
4 CU


NAA 1965


Daniel Leahy 2006

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

Aircraft History
Built as Avro Model 652 Anson. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) Serial Number LT294. Shipped overseas to Australia and delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Wartime History
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.

Mission History
On January 30, 1944 took off on a mission and crashed on Mount Kenevi. G/Capt Wight was the most senior RAAF officer Missing In Action (MIA) during World War II.

Wreckage
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.

Memorials
Both crew members were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both crew members were buried at Bomana (Port Moresby War Cemetery) on March 5, 1965 (joint grave C8. B. 26-27).

References
ADF Serials - Anson LT294
RAAFDB - Anson LT294

CWGC - Frederick James Byam Wight

CWGC - Walter Lawrence Hammond

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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