454 and 459 RAAF Squadrons
Flying Officer Michael Wentworth "Mike" WRIGHT
454 RAAF Squadron
Service No. 420097
Date of Birth: 9 Jan 1923
Place of Birth: MURRURUNDI, NSW
Date of Enlistment: 10 Oct 1941
Date of Discharge: 19 Dec 1945
Rank: Flying Officer
Date of Death: 19 Jun 1997
Crew (See picture below from the left):
E.A. Webb Pilot
M. Wright Navigator B
B. Newnham WAG
Following story from 1998 Bulletin Combined 454/459 Squadrons Association Reunion.
Mike was a man of strong views about correct flying procedures and accurate reporting. On one occasion he felt very upset about the official historian (John Herington) remarking that the incessant mud at Falconara in Italy, September, 1944 had led to low morale among 454's air and ground crew. Mike agreed the opposite was the case; in fact despite “grizzling” the effort and morale definitely lifted despite the appallingly wet conditions. There were record results for September 1944 the wettest month, which included 36 sorties (6 boxes of 6 Balts) on each of three days; and 328 tons of bombs being delivered in that month (only 20 days of operations were possible).