Flight Lieutenant William Havilah WILLIAMS

Service No: 412800
Born: Mudgee NSW, 17 February 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 20 July 1941
Unit: No. 42 Squadron, Melville Bay NT
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 42 Squadron Catalina aircraft A24-365), between Melville Bay and Manila, 11 October 1945, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William and Margaret Jane Williams; husband of Betty Alexa Williams, of Tamworth, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 32, Labuan Memorial, Malaysia
Remembered: Panel 103, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Catalina Base Memorial, Rathmines NSW

A24-365 was on a non-operational travel flight between Melville Bay and Manila to collect Prisoners of War. The aircraft is believed to have stalled and crashed at about 0300 hours in position 07.57N 126.53E during manoeuvring for a Multiple Drift Wind Find. The survivors were rescued by US Forces.

The crew members of A24-365 were:

Flight Lieutenant Ronald Ross Carter (410949) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Ronald Patterson Condie (409382) (Navigator) Abrasions and bruises, Discharged from the RAAF: 10 May 1946
Flight Sergeant Edgar Bruce Edwards (441313) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Warrant Officer Stewart Arthur Evans (12925) (Flight Engineer) Various injuries, Discharged from the RAAF: 21 January 1946
Sergeant Torrens Archibald Hawkes (8899) (Fitter IIA / Air Gunner) Various injuries, Discharged from the RAAF: 28 May 1946
Flight Sergeant John Richard White (436994) (Wireless Air Gunner) Abrasions and bruises, Discharged from the RAAF: 5 March 1946
Flight Lieutenant William Havilah Williams (412800) (Second Pilot)


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 A9845, 150
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


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