Pilot Officer William Jeffrey METHERALL

Service No: 400151
Born: Willaura VIC, 4 June 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 June 1940
Unit: No. 450 Squadron
Died: Air Operations: (No. 450 Squadron Kittyhawk aircraft AK604), Libya, 16 May 1942, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Richard Baker Metherall and Jane Allen Donaldson Metherall, of Inverloch, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 105, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 16 May 1942, Kittyhawk AK604 flown by Pilot Officer Metherall was one of a formation which engaged enemy aircraft while patrolling south east of Gazala. During the engagement, AK604 was seen to lose height rapidly and crash and burn, south of Acroma, Libya.


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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/143/59

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