NEVILLE William Thomas 82566

LEST WE FORGET

Leading Aircraftman William Thomas Francis NEVILLE

Service No: 82566
Born: East Fremantle WA, 18 November 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 4 December 1942
Unit: No. 4 Bombing and Gunnery School RCAF
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 4 Bombing and Gunnery School Bolingbroke aircraft 10019), Ontario, 20 January 1945, Aged 20 Years
Buried: St. Thomas (South Park) Cemetery, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Henry and Jenny Julia Neville of East Fremantle, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: East Fremantle WA
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

At 1600 hours on 20 January 1945, Bolingbroke 10019 crashed near Inwood, Ontario, following a mid-air collision with Bolingbroke 10213, while engaged in a gunnery exercise. The crew of three was killed.

The crew members of Bolingbroke 10019 were:

Flying Officer James Davidson Allan (J/29114) (RCAF) (Pilot)
Leading Aircraftman William Thomas Francis Neville (82566) (Trainee Wireless Air Gunner)
Leading Aircraftman Lawrence Joseph Charles Watt (441609) (Trainee Wireless Air Gunner)

The two RAAF members of Bolingbroke 10213 were:

Leading Aircraftman Barry Edward Lawson Buck (441611) Discharged from the RAAF: 29 November 1945
Leading Aircraftman John Stephen Mullins (54718) Discharged from the RAAF: 29 September 1945

References:

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, 166/29/194; A705, 32/4/246