Flight Sergeant William Jack TAYLOR

Service No: 407700
Born: Quorn SA, 3 February 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 10 December 1940
Unit: No. 223 Squadron (RAF), Maaten Bagush, Egypt
Died: Air Operations (No. 223 Squadron Baltimore aircraft AG717), Tobruk, 23 May 1942, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Tobruk War Cemetery, Libya
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Dodd Taylor and Florence Beatrice Taylor, of Norwood, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Quorn SA
Remembered: Panel 131, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

At 1225 hours on 23rd May 1942 Baltimore AG717 crash-landed at Tobruk due to enemy action and five of the crew members were killed.

The crew members of AG 717 were:

Pilot Officer Denis Clarke Cummins (406502) (Observer) Slightly Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 6 September 1945
Sergeant Clifford Albert Downing (616763) (RAF) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Hugh Christopher Horsfield (1178821) (RAF) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer David George Walpole Leake (406506) (Pilot) Uninjured, Killed on air operations: 24 October 1942
Pilot Officer David Laird Muir (80357) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Kevin Ellsmore Stewart (400571) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant William Jack Taylor (407700) (Observer)


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, 163/165/101

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