POWELL William Stephen 406813

LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant William Stephen POWELL

Service No: 406813
Born: Pontypridd Wales, 7 July 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 April 1941 (at Perth WA)
Unit: No. 13 Squadron, Hughes NT
Died: Air Operations (No. 13 Squadron Hudson aircraft A16-243), Timor, 1 October 1942, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Isaac Baden Powell and Gladys Elizabeth Powell, of Victoria Park, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Victoria Park WA
Remembered: Panel 10, Northern Territory Memorial, Adelaide River NT
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Hudson A16-243, with Pilot Flying Officer John Alcock and crew of Second Pilot Flying Officer Paul Gunson, Observer Flying Officer Geoffrey Boynton, and Wireless Air Gunners Sergeant Francis Kemp and Sergeant William Powell was lost on the 1st of October over Koepang while on a reconnaissance flight. It was believed that the Japanese were moving troops from Koepang to reinforce various places on Timor, so Hudson reconnaissance flights were sent regularly over the port.

Extract from Grantham, S.R. (Sidney Richard) (6590) The 13 Squadron Story, S.R. Grantham, Dee Why NSW 2099, 1991 – Page 72

The crew members of A16-243 were:

Flying Officer John Edward Alcock (408056) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Geoffrey Vernon Boynton (409020) (Observer)
Flying Officer Paul Coles Gunson (407436) (Second Pilot)
Sergeant Francis Peter Kemp (406871) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant William Stephen Powell (406813) (Wireless Air Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
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, 163/152/224

Bibliography:

Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992