Sergeant William Lawrence WINTERFLOOD

Service No: 405093
Born: Brisbane QLD, 24 September 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 January 1941
Unit: No. 10 Squadron, Mount Batten
Died: Air Operations: (No. 10 Squadron Sunderland aircraft W3999), off UK Coast, 21 June 1942, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William John and Norena Mary Winterflood, of Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Brisbane QLD
Remembered: Panel 113, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW

Back in the Bay (of Biscay), Australian Sunderlands, not needed at Gibraltar, flew several anti-shipping sorties and it was noticed that enemy ships on the Bilbao-Bayonne iron-ore route were being escorted by destroyers, a welcome sign that air pressure was forcing the Germans to exert more and more effort in the defence of this trade. On 18th June two Sunderlands were sent to patrol round a threatened convoy, and Flight Lieutenant Judell did invaluable work in directing the rescue of survivors from the sloop Wild Swan, which was well ahead of the convoy and had been attacked and bombed by thirty Ju-88’s. The damage was so serious that she had to be abandoned. Unfortunately, Judell was shot down three days later, while on another air-sea rescue search for a missing Wellington. This was the first Sunderland lost by No. 10 Squadron in the air through enemy action in the twenty-nine months of its operation.

Extract from Herington, J. (John) (406545) Air War Against Germany and Italy 1939-1943, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1954 – Page 285

The crew members of W3999 were:

Sergeant Phillip Mervyn Benison (11065) (First Fitter)
Flying Officer Cosmo Clive Chataway (405394) (Third Pilot)
Aircraftman Class 1 Thomas Dorney (19034) (Second Fitter)
Flying Officer Bruce Napoleon Gilbert (401596) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Jacques Hazard (Free French Forces) (Second Pilot)
Flight Lieutenant Maurice Leopold Judell (466) (Pilot)
Sergeant John Valentine McLean (405419) (Second Radio Operator)
Sergeant Edward James Taylor (3846) (First Radio Operator)
Aircraftman Class 1 Francis William Tipping (4089) (Armourer)
Leading Aircraftman Robert George Willis (11931) (Rigger)
Sergeant William Lawrence Winterflood (405093) (Tail Gunner)


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, 163/178/343
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


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