Francis Augustine Weaver

Sergeant Francis Augustine Weaver died on 28th August 1942 while transporting a plane with the Royal New Zealand Air Force as part of RAF Ferry Command.


Francis Augustine Weaver


Sergeant Francis Augustine Weaver of Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand died while transporting a Mark IIa Lockheed Ventura from Gander, Newfoundland to the United Kingdom during World War Two.

Sergeant Francis Augustine Weaver (412292) served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War Two. He was the son of Martha Kathleen Weaver of Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand.

He died on 28th August 1942 aged 27 years old. Weaver was a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner on Lockheed Ventura AE917 with RAF Ferry Command.

The Ventura was on a delivery flight from Gander, Newfoundland when 1 of its 2 engines failed. After making an SOS call at 0821hrs, the Mark IIa plane sank off the Irish shore. The body of Sergeant Weaver washed ashore at Clooney, Co. Donegal on 6th October 1942.

Pilot Officer John McCubbin also died as a result of this crash. His body came ashore in Co. Sligo on 25th September 1942. A further 2 crew members, Pilot Officer Charles de Cardonnel Findlay, and Sergeant Rhys Maelgwyn Alexander’s bodies were never recovered.

Francis Augustine Weaver’s grave is in Grave 2 of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Churchyard, Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh.