LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Frank Kingsley HUGHES

Service No: 411144
Born: Sydney NSW, 12 September 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 April 1941
Unit: No. 6 Operational Training Unit, Jervis Bay ACT
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 6 Operational Training Unit Beaufort aircraft A9-96), Jervis Bay, 11 January 1944, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Nowra War Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frank Wilson Hughes and Agnes Hughes; husband of Thelma Kathleen Hughes, of Haberfield, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 11 January 1944, A9-96 crashed in Jervis Bay while conducting a low flying formation exercise. The aircraft lost its position in the formation and its port wing dipped and struck the sea while it was trying to regain position. Three crew members were killed. The crew members of A9-96 were:

Sergeant Peter Keith Bone (419943) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner) Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 3 November 1944
Flying Officer Frank Kingsley Hughes (411144) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Eric James Lovell (429977) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Flying Officer James Taylor (422787) (Navigator)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 243

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990