Bernard Alwin WISNIEWSKI


WISNIEWSKI, Bernard Alwin

Service Number: 423966
Enlisted: 18 July 1942, Sydney, NSW
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 2 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Kapunda, South Australia, 17 November 1922
Home Town: Coogee, Randwick, New South Wales
Schooling: Nuriootpa High School, South Australia
Occupation: Postal Worker at Angaston Post Office
Died: Flying Battle, Timor, 22 September 1944, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel 7 of the Northern Territory Memorial, Adelaide River War Cemetery, NT
Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Kapunda District Honour Board, Kapunda and District Fallen Soldiers Monument, Nuriootpa District High School Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 423966
18 Jul 1942: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 423966
18 Jul 1942: Enlisted Sydney New South Wales Australia
18 Jul 1942: Enlisted Sydney, NSW
Date unknown: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 423966, No. 2 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45

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Educated at Nuriootpa High School he and his brother Ron both represented the school in football. Having a promising career in Politics he worked at Angaston Post Office after leaving school. In 1943 he married and was living in Coogee, New South Wales.

On September 22nd 1944 the plane he was flying in, a B-25 Mitchell, took off on a routuine patrol designed to detect and destroy Japanese shipping. While off the coast of Timor his plane was observed to, "dive steeply, stall at high speed and crash into the sea from 500 feet (152.4 metres) about 400 yards (365.8 metres) from shore." Neither Bernard's body nor or any of the other crews bodies were ever recovered.  


Biography contributed by David Barlow

RAAF Mitchell aircraft A47-3 of Number 2 Squadron was shot down during an attack on Manatuto, Timor and all of the crew were killed.   They are commemorated on the Northern Territory Memorial to the Missing located at Adelaide River War Cemetery, NT -

Flying Officer Bernard Alwin Wisniewski 423966 - Son of John and Alvina Wisniewski & Husband of Jean Wisniewski of Coogee, NSW

Flying Officer John Francis Daggett 434341 - Son of Francis Heathube Daggett and Ethel Maud Daggett of Lubeck, Victoria

Flying Officer Allen Wallace Slater 414849 - Son of Wilfrid Leonard and Jeanie Wallace Slater & Husband of Dorothy Jean Slater of Indooroopilly, Queensland

Sergeant Desmond Frederick Harberger 435448 - Son of Frederick Hepencil Harberger and Yolande Hope Harberger of Dalby, Queensland

Flying Officer Murray Scott Millett 426641 - Son of Arthur Stanley Millett and Gertrude Ruth Millett of Lismore, NSW

Flight Sergeant Keith Rutherford Philipson 429669 - Son of Harry Rutherford Philipson and Effie Philipson of Leeton, NSW