|Oceania: New Guinea1
|Felt, Gilded Metal
Second World War, 1939-1945
Cap badge : Flying Officer A G Waite, 100 Squadron, RAAF
RAAF officer's cap badge on a dark blue cloth ground. Attached to the cloth are three gilded metal badges; a King's crown with red felt and enamel jewels, a RAAF eagle, and a pair of crossed laurel leaves. The badge is a wartime economy issue one issued in place of the peacetime gold bullion embroidered badge.
Worn by 406817 Flying Officer Arthur Geoffrey Waite who served in 100 Squadron, RAAF during the Second World War. Waite was born in Cheltenham, England, in 1910. He initially worked as a clerk but later joined the police force. Shortly after his marriage he and his wife moved to Australia arriving in Fremantle, Western Australia, on 18 September, 1934. Waite enlisted in the RAAF on 26 April, 1941. After training in Western Australia and Victoria he was posted to New Guinea with 100 Squadron. He contracted malaria there and returned home for a period of leave from 26 December 1944 to 15 January 1945. On 13 March 1945 Waite and his crew were carrying out air operations in the vicinity of Milak, New Guinea. Their plane crashed over their target area killing the entire crew. Waite is buried in the Lae War Cemetery.