Flying Officer William RAPER

Service No: 9361
Born: Winchcombe, England, 9 January 1906
Enlisted in the RAAF: 26 February 1940 (at RAAF Station Laverton VIC)
Unit: No. 156 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Warboys
Died: Air Operations: (No. 156 Squadron Lancaster aircraft JB476), Germany, 2 January 1944, Aged 37 Years
Buried: Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Fred and Ann Raper; husband of Norma Mabel Raper, of Preston, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Southport QLD
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0038 hours on the morning of 2 January 1944 Lancaster JB476 took off from Warboys detailed to bomb Berlin. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return to base. The aircraft was lost and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of JB476 were:

Flying Officer Thomas Docherty (125501) (RAF) (Pilot)
Warrant Officer Leslie Frank Gill (53946) (RAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Clarence Lloyd Gynther (22067) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant William Lumsden DFM (1061816) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Jack Murray (1502110) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Flying Officer William Raper (9361) (Flight Engineer)
Flying Officer William Alfred Robertson (412190) (Air Bomber)


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, 166/35/203

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