Flying Officer William James Alexander DUFFY

Service No: 428431
Born: Colac VIC, 24 June 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 2 December 1942
Unit: No. 454 Squadron
Died: Air Operations: (No. 454 Squadron Ventura aircraft FW716), Imola, Italy, 13 April 1945, Aged 31 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Francis Joseph and May Victoria Duffy; husband of Jean Marguerite Duffy, of Auburn, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 19, Malta Memorial, Malta
Remembered: Panel 105, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 13 April 1945 Ventura aircraft FW716 was tasked to bomb Argenta and conduct an armed reconnaissance of the roads in the northern Italian battle area. The wreckage of FW716 was located near Imola and the bodies of three of the four crew members found and buried.

The crew members of FW716 were:

Warrant Officer Ross Gordon Adam (411435) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Flying Officer William James Alexander Duffy (428431) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Philip Hardy Hemsley (162125) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Warrant Officer Kenneth Brennan Nunn-Patrick (424556) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Lax, M. R. (Mark Roger) Alamein to the Alps: 454 Squadron RAAF 1941-1945, M R Lax Wanniassa ACT 2903, 2006
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/10/459

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