WILSON Robert Murray 406122

LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Robert Murray WILSON

Service No: 406122
Born: Harvey WA, 1 January 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 August 1940
Unit: 90th Squadron, 3rd Bombardment Group (USAAF), Port Moresby
Died: Air Operations (90th Squadron Mitchell aircraft 41-12996), French Harbour area, New Guinea, 24 November 1942, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Robert Murray Wilson and Ada Marguerite Wilson, of Mt. Lawley, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Mount Lawley WA
Remembered: Panel 6, Lae Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 134, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On 24 November 1942, 90th Squadron Mitchell 41-12996 crashed into the sea off the north coast of New Guinea in the vicinity of French harbour. Pilot Officer Robert Murray Wilson (406122) (Co-Pilot) was killed and he was the only casualty.

The following members submitted an eye-witness statement to the crash (Folio 17 of Pilot Officer Wilson’s Casualty File). It is not clear whether they were crew members.

Staff Sergeant Julian J Champagne (11019142) (USAAF)
Sergeant James Campbell Graham (405732) Discharged from the RAAF: 11 July 1945

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 A705, 163/178/475