WATERMAN William Maitland 415061

LEST WE FORGET

Warrant Officer William Maitland WATERMAN

Service No: 415061
Born: Cottesloe WA, 28 April 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 June 1941
Unit: No. 7 Squadron (RAF), RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire
Died: Air Operations (No. 7 Squadron Lancaster aircraft JA653), Netherlands, 16 December 1943, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Lemsterland (Lemmer) General Cemetery, Friesland, Netherlands
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Outrid Cromwell Waterman and Olive Maitland Waterman, of North Cottesloe, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Cottesloe WA
Remembered: Panel 132, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Lancaster JA653 took off from RAF Oakington at 1624 hours on the night of 16/17th December 1943 to bomb Berlin. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base. Post war it was established that the aircraft was shot down by a night fighter and crashed at 1805 hours on the 16th December 1943 on farmland owned by Mr Bangma at Follega (Friesland), 6 kms north north east of Lemmer, Netherlands, and all seven crew members were killed.

The crew members of JA653 were:

Flight Sergeant John Butterworth (408306) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Raymond Edgar Hedges (1800194) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Sergeant James Hurst (1817269) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Reginald McWha (414816) (Rear Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Charles Lloyd Robinson (412270) (Bomb Aimer)
Warrant Officer William Maitland Waterman (415061) (Navigator)
Warrant Officer Wallace Arthur Watson (412327) (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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/43/451