William Ivon (Dicky) WARRINGTON


WARRINGTON, William Ivon

Service Number: 437909
Enlisted: 10 April 1943, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 50 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Marrickville, New South Wales, 8 December 1923
Home Town: Payneham, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Turner
Died: Killed in Action (flying battle), Bas-Oha, Belgium, 13 August 1944, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Bas-Oha Communal Cemetery, Belgium
Collective grave
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

10 Apr 1943: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 437909, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Apr 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 437909
13 Aug 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, No. 50 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
Date unknown: Involvement

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 Plane was Lancaster NE 135

50 Squadron

Rank -Flight Sergeant

William was rear gunner of a Lancaster which was fatally damaged over a German target. The plane later crashed near the little Belgium town of Bas-Oha not far from the Meusse River. Town seople saw several bodies in the plane when it was burning but could do nothing to assist the crew. However William was not one of those in the plane. William's body was found the following day in the Meusse River.

Willaim's body was brought into the Bas-Oha Communal Cemetery for burial. His burial was attended by the local priest and a dozen armed German Soldiers to keep the townspeople away. The German officer in charge of the soldiers dragged the Union Jack from William's coffin and threw it on the ground after which he proceeded to walk over the the flag at every available opportunity. A week later the Germans left the area and the townpeople attended a mass at William's grave

After the war the local population raised funds for a headstone for William and his fellow crew members

Son of William Walter and Alice Emily (known as Totts) Warrington, of Payneham, South Australia.  Brother of Hebe