Richard George HOBBS


HOBBS, Richard George

Service Number: 415983
Enlisted: 26 April 1942
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Busselton, Western Australia, 1922
Home Town: Harvey, Harvey, Western Australia
Schooling: Muresk School
Occupation: Dip Agric
Died: Flying Battle, Fakfak Dutch New Guinea (now West Papua) , Dutch New Guinea, Netherlands East Indies, 2 September 1943
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated on Lae Memorial to the Missing, Lae Memorial, Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Harvey District WW2 Roll of Honour, Harvey War Memorial, Lae Memorial
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World War 2 Service

26 Apr 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 415983, Aircrew Training Units, Perth
26 Apr 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 415983, No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
26 Apr 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 415983, No. 11 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45

Wreckage of Black Cat A24-50 discovered in West Papua 3 Aug 19

3 August 2019

THE Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has completed a search and recovery mission in Indonesia for the remains of 10 Australian airmen aboard Catalina A24-50, 76 years after the aircraft failed to return from a wartime mission.

Reported missing on 2 September 1943 while on a sea mining operation to Sorong in occupied Dutch New Guinea, the wreckage of RAAF No 11 Squadron Catalina A24-50 was located near Fakfak, in West Papua in April 2018.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the Air Force Unrecovered War Casualties team positively identified the missing aircraft during a reconnaissance mission to the crash site last year.

“We are committed to honouring the service and sacrifice of Australian military personnel from all theatres of war,” Mr Chester said.

“The RAAF team has concluded further search activities in the field and have reported finding a number of items of interest which require further testing in order to confirm the origin of each item.

“The only major recognisable pieces of wreckage were two sections of the wing, engines and propeller, and the empennage (rear part of fuselage) across the top of a ridge.

“We are very grateful for the support and assistance provided by the Indonesian Air Force throughout this process, without which this work could not take place.”

The Hon Darren Chester MP

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins


The story of Richard HOBBS last flight is HERE (/research/home-page-archives/mystery-of-the-black-cat)

Service Number: 415983

Rank: Flight Sergeant

Unit: No. 11 Squadron

Service: Royal Australian Air Force

Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Date of death: 02 September 1943

Place of death: Dutch New Guinea, Indonesia

Cause of death: Flying Battle

Cemetery or memorial details: Lae Memorial, Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea

Source: AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force

1939-1945 War Medal - 1939-1945 Star