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
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.
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.