LEST WE FORGET

Group Captain Frederick James Byam WIGHT

Commanding Officer, No. 1 Elementary Flying Training School, 1939-40
Commanding Officer, No. 59 Squadron RAF, 1941
Commanding Officer, No. 3 Service Flying Training School, 1942
Commanding Officer, No. 8 Service Flying Training School, 1942-3

Service No: 30
Born: 3 August 1905, Location Unavailable
Enlisted in the RAAF: Date Unavailable
Unit: Senior Air Officer, No. 10 Operational Group, Nadzab, PNG
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 10 Operational Group Anson aircraft LT294), New Guinea, 30 January 1944, Aged 38 Years
Buried: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Reuben and Beatrice Maud Wight; husband of Leslie Phyllis Wight of Mornington, Victoria.
Roll of Honour: Mornington VIC
Remembered: Panel 97, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 30 January 1944, Avro Anson LT294 went missing on a flight between Nadzab and Port Moresby. On board were:

Wing Commander Walter Lawrence Hammond MID (1075) (Pilot) Group Equipment Officer
Group Captain Frederick James Byam Wight (30) (Second Pilot) Senior Administrative Officer

The wreck of the Anson was located in 1964 and their remains were recovered and buried with full military honours on 5 March 1965.

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, 65
Odgers, G.J. (George James) (VX127783) Air War Against Japan 1943-1945, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1957 – Page 184

Bibliography:

Eames, Jim The Searchers, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia QLD 4067, 1999 – Chapter 10: The Long Wait