Sergeant William Bernard Turley GODLY

Service No: 400175
Born: Lucknow, India, 31 March 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 June 1940 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 14 Squadron (RAF), operating from Landing Ground 116, Egypt
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 14 Squadron Blenheim aircraft T2124), Egypt, 17 March 1942, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Bernard William Turley Godly and May Godly, of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Sandringham VIC
Remembered: Panel 122, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Blenheim T2124 took off from the landing ground at Bir-El-Beheira on 17 March 1942 on a daytime operational flight. The aircraft crashed after colliding with Blenheim Z7991 and T2124 crashed and burst into flames. It was thought that the attention of the pilot of T2124 was focused on the leader of the formation to whom he was endeavouring to draw near, and that he failed to observe the other aircraft which was circuiting the landing ground with its undercarriage half retracted. The crew members of both aircraft were killed.

The crew members of T2124 were:

Sergeant William Bernard Turley Godly (400175) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Robert James Good (407073) (Pilot)
Sergeant John Stanley Windmill (926510) (RAF) (Observer)

The crew members of Z7991 were:

Sergeant Albert James Birrell Humphries (407351) (Observer)
Sergeant Richard George Sheridan Linley (1162048) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant Thomas Giles Smail (400184) (Wireless Air Gunner)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
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, 163/188/302


Napier, Michael Winged Crusaders: the exploits of 14 Squadron RFC & RAF 1915-1945, Pen & Sword Books, Barnsley UK, 2012

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