PORTER William Alfred 427544

LEST WE FORGET

Warrant Officer William Alfred PORTER

Service No: 427544
Born: Blackpool England, 21 March 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 19 July 1942 (at Perth WA)
Unit: No. 51 Squadron (RAF), RAF Snaith, Yorkshire
Died: Air Operations (No. 51 Squadron Halifax aircraft NR129), Belgium, 21 November 1944, Aged 32 Years
Buried: Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, Leopoldsburg, Limburg, Belgium
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Dagger Porter and Florence Lillian Porter; husband of Juanita May Porter, of Victoria Park, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 128, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Halifax NR129 took off from RAF Snaith at 1721 hours on the night of 21/22nd November 1944, detailed to bomb Sterkrade, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. NR 129 collided in the air over Belgium with a No. 346 Squadron RAF Halifax in the vicinity of Thynes and both aircraft crashed with the crews in both aircraft being killed. The 346 Squadron aircraft was crewed by members of the Free French Air Force.

The seven crew members of NR129 were:

Sergeant Leslie Thomas Carter (1866694) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant Gordon Lawrence Chapman (110639) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant John David Clark (1853346) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Michael William Cockbaine (1600118) (RAFVR) (Air Bomber)
Flight Sergeant Neville Ernest Lewis (429464) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Warrant Officer William Alfred Porter (427544) (Navigator)
Sergeant Edwin Valentine Wallis (1802513) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)

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, 166/33/256