COPPIN William Hodgson 406773

LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant William Hodgson COPPIN 

Service No: 406773
Born: Port Hedland WA, 5 September 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 March 1941
Unit: No. 32 Squadron, Seven Mile Strip, Port Moresby
Died: Air Operations: (No. 32 Squadron Hudson aircraft A16-101), Gasmata Area, 3 March 1942, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Herbert Owen Coppin and Sophia Abbott Coppin; husband of Beverly Ella Amy Coppin, of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Norseman WA
Remembered: Panel 36, Rabaul Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

A16-101 was one of four No. 32 Squadron Hudson aircraft operating from Seven Mile airstrip, Port Moresby, tasked with a night bombing raid on Gasmata New Britain.  On this operation, A16-101 and A16-165 went missing.

The crew members of A16-101 were:

Sergeant William Ian Cass (406432)
Sergeant William Hodgson Coppin (406773)
Sergeant Mark Richard Korbosky (406721)
Flying Officer Arthur Redfred Nicolay (406013) (Pilot)

No. 32 Squadron lost Hudson A16-165 (Pilot Officer Eric Lyle McLauchlan (405644) (Pilot)) on 3 March 1942.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/98/449

Bibliography:

Gaston, Bruce DFC (406646), Harry Horner DFC OAM (406595), Raymond Storer (406666) (Editors), Aircrew for the Duration: of and by members of RAAF EATS Courses 10, 11, 12 & 13, Gaston Horner and Storer, Nedlands WA, 1990
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992