Flight Lieutenant Maurice Philip WILLING

Service No: 218
Born: Fullarton SA, 8 March 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 21 July 1937 (at RAAF Station Point Cook VIC)
Unit: No. 13 Squadron, Laha
Died: Air Operations (No. 13 Squadron Hudson aircraft A16-64), Sulawesi, 19 January 1942, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John and Wilhelmena Willing; husband of Ruth Willing, of Croydon, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Column 8, Ambon Memorial, Indonesia
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On 19 January 1942 Flight Lieutenant Maurice Willing in A16-64 set out to photograph enemy shipping at Kema Bay near Manado. He was last seen being chased into cloud by Zeros. He and his crew were posted missing.

Extract from Grantham, S. R. (Sidney Richard) (6590) The 13 Squadron Story, S.R. Grantham, Dee Why NSW 2099, 1991 – Page 43

The crew members of A16-64 were:

Leading Aircraftman James Moore Cunneen (5972) (Wireless Operator)
Sergeant William Henry Field (407786) (Second Pilot)
Sergeant Reginald Dixon Rutter (404218) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant Maurice Philip Willing (218) (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 A705, 163/64/131


Vincent, D. (David) The RAAF Hudson Story Book 1, D. Vincent Highbury SA 5089, 1989
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992

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