LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer William John SHARP

Service No: 418883
Born: Burwood VIC, 12 April 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 19 June 1942
Unit: No. 202 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 202 Squadron Catalina aircraft JX242), Northern Ireland, 20 November 1944, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Irvinestown Church of Ireland Churchyard, County Fermanagh
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Horace Hurstfield Sharp and Justine Sharp, of Burwood, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Camberwell VIC
Remembered: Panel 130, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Pilot Officer Sharp (Navigator) was killed on 20 November 1944 in the loss of Catalina JX242 during air operations from County Fermanagh, Ireland.

The crew members of JX242 were:

Sergeant Fred James Deem (1320050) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator Air)
Flight Lieutenant George Vincent Forbes-Lloyd MID (115835) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant John William Geldert (967135) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Peter Bryan Marshall (578191) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator Mechanic Air Gunner)
Sergeant Douglas William Nater (1339183) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer William John Sharpe (418883) (Navigator)
Warrant Officer Ernest Slack (1109089) (RAFVR) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Flight Sergeant Gordon Francis Tribble (1802210) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot)

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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9300, SHARP W J