Aircraftman Class 1 William Ernest MENZIES

Service No: 21152
Born: Belmont NSW, 12 December 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 27 May 1940
Unit: No. 10 Squadron, RAF Mount Batten, Devonshire
Died: Air Operations: (No. 10 Squadron Short Sunderland aircraft W4019) Bay of Biscay, 8 August 1942, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Allan John and Mabel Jessica Menzies, of Belmont, New South Wales, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Belmont NSW
Remembered: Panel 113, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW
Remembered: Newcastle Boys High School Memorial Entrance, Waratah NSW

In the absence of more suitable specialised aircraft, the Sunderlands in No. 19 Group still carried the burden of anti-shipping operations in the Bay of Biscay. … This marked offensive spirit brought special commendation from Air Chief Marshal Joubert (Commander-in Chief, Coastal Command, RAF), but the risks of these operations, though gladly accepted, were not commensurate with the actual damage caused. A tragic reminder of this fact came when, in quick succession, Martin (30th July) and Yeoman (9th August) were sent out on similar duties, but were shot down and killed.

Extract from Herington, J. (John) (406545) Air War Against Germany and Italy 1939-1943, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1954 – Pages 287-8.

The crew members of W4019 were:

Pilot Officer Geoffrey Moyle Biggin (408831) (Observer)
Flying Officer Reginald Carson (406469) (Third Pilot)
Aircraftman Class 1 William Ossian Chelman (25061) (Armament Fitter)
Leading Aircraftman Keith Thomas Edwards (27883) (Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Thomas Michael Gibson (400041) (Second Pilot)
Flight Sergeant William Henry Isle (405222) (Engine Mechanic / Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Alan Robert McEnnally (403483) (Observer)
Aircraftman Class 1 William Ernest Menzies (21152) (Fitter IIA)
Aircraftman Class 1 Lindsay Thomas Ogg (20033) (Fitter IIA)
Aircraftman Class 1 Colyn Arthur Rheuben (34656) (Fitter IIE)
Sergeant Doctor Dudley Troode (401841) (Air Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant Edwin St. Clair Yeoman (473) (Pilot)


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, 163/143/96
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


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