Wise Trevor

Name Trevor Watson Wise  Rank: Flight Sergeant and earlier a sapper

Number RAAF 418033   Army V69965

Unit 20 Army Field Company and Number 2 Squadron    

Place of Birth Geelong   11 May 1918

Next of Kin Eva Wise, his mother. His father was Leopold Wise

They lived in Mardan and then Caldermeade. 

Date and place of enlistment

28 March 1941 at Mirboo North

Location on enlistment   Mardan   

Occupation Labourer

Date and place of death

15 August 1943 aged 25 in Papua New Guinea

Location of grave or memorial

He is buried in Lae War Cemetery Papua New Guinea

His name is on the Lang Lang Cenotaph and the Leongatha Memorial.

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

When he enlisted Mirboo North Trevor resided in Mardan. His brother Murray Wise enlisted on 21 April 1939. His address was given as Dumbalk via Meeniyan. He farmed in Dumbalk and died in 1987.

In the 30s Trevor’s mother was recorded as being in Dumbalk North.  She moved to Caldermeade by 1942 which explains why Trevor is remembered on the Lang Lang Memorial.   

Military History

Trevor was a member of the 22nd Militia Battalion. Trevor was missing, believed killed on 15 August 1943. Two planes set out on a sea reconnaissance looking for reported enemy shipping off the coast around Keaukwa, Dutch New Guinea.  One airplane made it back to base, after dropping a bomb on one ship they were attacked by two zeros. They evaded them and returned to base. Trevor’s plane was never seen again. Flight Sergeant Wise, a wireless air gunner, was one of the crew of five.  

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