Flying Officer William GLENDINNING

Service No: 428386
Born: Prahran VIC, 1 April 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 10 October 1942
Unit: No. 76 Squadron, Noemfoor Island
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 76 Squadron Kittyhawk aircraft A29-337), New Guinea, 29 October 1944, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Thomas Glendinning and Elizabeth Glendinning, of Glen Iris, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Prahran VIC
Remembered: Panel 6, Lae Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 104, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 29 October 1944, at about 1050 hours Kittyhawk A29-346 flown by Pilot Officer Williss (437187) and Kittyhawk A29-337 flown by Flying Officer Glendinning (428386) went missing on an operation training flight. The aircraft collided during a formation turn, broken up and fell into the sea. Eleven Squadron aircraft were to engage in combat training with USAAF P-47 aircraft.

The members of the Fighter Section were:

Flying Officer (later Flight Lieutenant) Francis Hamilton Cashmore (400778) (Section Leader) Discharged from the RAAF: 1 July 1947
Flying Officer William Glendinning (428386)
Flying Officer Wallace Joseph Nugent (413024) Discharged from the RAAF: 25 October 1945
Flying Officer Clifford James Williss (437197)

Witness from another Fighter Section:

Flying Officer (later Flight Lieutenant) Melville Challenor Ferrier (22392) Discharged from the RAAF: 19 December 1945


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 A9845, 10


Wilson, D. (David) The Decisive Factor: 75 and 76 squadrons Port Moresby and Milne Bay 1942, Banner Books Brunswick VIC 3056, 1991
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Spitfire, Mustang and Kittyhawk in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1988

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