WILDY Frank Watson 415208

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Frank Watson WILDY

Service No: 415208
Born: Perth WA, 9 July 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 21 July 1941
Unit: No. 1 Operational Training Unit, Bairnsdale VIC
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1 Operational Training Unit Beaufort aircraft A9-5), Bairnsdale, 17 November 1942, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Bairnsdale War Cemetery, VIC
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Clifford W. Wildy and Minnie Wildy; husband of Vera Doreen Wildy, of Cottesloe, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 113, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On 17 November 1943, Beaufort A9-5 crashed during non-operational navigational reconnaissance flight 8 kms east north east of Bairnsdale. The aircraft apparently stalled while attempting a forced landing.

The crew members of A9-5 were:

Sergeant Arthur Albert Adolph (413719) (Observer)
Sergeant Ian Waldock Garside (409685) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Alan Francis Musgrave (409728) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Frank Watson Wildy (415208) (Pilot)

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, 241