LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Neville Oswald WEEKES

Service No: 413700
Born: Wingham NSW, 27 August 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 12 September 1941
Unit: No. 32 Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 32 Operational Training Unit Hampden aircraft AN101), off Stuart Island, British Columbia, 9 October 1943, Aged 31 Years
Buried: Victoria (Royal Oak) Burial Park, Patricia Bay, British Columbia
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Henry and Sarah Ann Weekes, of Wingham, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Wingham Memorial Town Hall, Wingham NSW

On 9 October 1943, the crew of Hampden AN101 were detailed to carry out a practice torpedo attack, and the aircraft was seen to crash into the sea off the Turn Pont Light north east of Stuart Island, from the Canadian Pacific Railways Steamship Princess Alice.

The crew members of AN101 were:

Sergeant Francis Keith Maiden (423799) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Kenneth Shaw (152316) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Pilot Officer Allen Leonard Warner (151705) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant Neville Oswald Weekes (413700) (Wireless Air Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/43/375
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line