NEGUS Ernest Richard 422872

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Ernest Richard NEGUS

Service No: 422872
Born: Leederville WA, 20 April 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 May 1942 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 100 Squadron, Tadji, PNG
Died: Air Operations (No. 100 Squadron Beaufort aircraft A9-667), New Guinea, 2 April 1945, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Oscar Joseph and Grace Maude Negus; husband of Annie Maybell Negus, of West Leederville, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 6, Lae Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 105, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

No. 100 Squadron lost another two Beauforts (A9-493 and A9-667) in a mid-air collision on 2 April, shortly after the aircraft had taken off on a bombing mission. The aircraft, which crashed into the sea, were piloted by F-Lt’s I. H. Fielding (of Mentone, Vic) and E. E. Crisp (Boulder, WA). Wing Commander Hugh Augustine Conaghan (O387), who was leading the mission, ordered the remaining aircraft to return to base. Searches were made but, although wreckage was found, there was no sign of any survivor.

Extract from Odgers, G.J. (George James) (VX127783) Air War Against Japan 1943-1945, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1957 – Page 342

The crew members of A9-667 were:

Flight Lieutenant Ian Harris Fielding (409038) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Robert John Fletcher (428699) (Observer)
Flight Sergeant Robert Lambert (442351) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Graham Vass Manger (401984) (Navigator Bomb Aimer, Supernumerary)
Flying Officer Ernest Richard Negus (422872) (Wireless Air Gunner)

The crew members of A9-493 were:

Flight Lieutenant Eric Ernest Crisp (415620) (Pilot)
Flight Lieutenant Jack Thorpe Hughes (406748) (Observer)
Flight Lieutenant Cedric Alfred Venner Horne (415733) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant George Laurie Park (418562) (Wireless Air Gunner)

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, 249; A705, 166/29/239