LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant William Stanley DICKINSON

Service No: 405125
Born: Brisbane QLD, 26 February 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 2 February 1941
Unit: No. 459 Squadron, Gambut, Libya
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 459 Squadron Hudson aircraft FH284), Gambut, 9 December 1942, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James and Margery Lucinda Dickinson, of Bardon, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Brisbane QLD
Remembered: Panel 106, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On return to Gambut from an anti-submarine mission in the early hours on 9 December 1942, Hudson FH284 crashed while climbing away after aborting its initial approach and all the crew members were killed. The crew members were:

Flight Sergeant William Stanley Dickinson (405125) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Alexander John McKenzie Down (1384717) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Jeffrey Arden Linton (403520) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Vernon Keith O’Brien DFC (400936) (Pilot)

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 A9816, 145 (No. 459 Squadron Unit History)

Bibliography:

Kane-Maguire L. (Leon) Desert Scorpions: 459 Squadron RAAF 1942-1945, Australian Military History Publications Loftus NSW 2232, 2007
Vincent, D. (David) The RAAF Hudson Story Book 1, D. Vincent Highbury SA 5089, 1989