William James TAYLOR

TAYLOR, William James

Service Number: 407775
Enlisted: 4 January 1941
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Port Pirie, South Australia, 20 November 1914
Home Town: Richmond (SA), City of West Torrens, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Aircraft lost on Night Bombing Raid, North West Europe, 3 July 1942, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany
Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Germany
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, City of West Torrens WW2 Boulevard of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

4 Jan 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), 407775, Aircrew Training Units, Adelaide, SA
4 Jan 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, 407775
5 Jan 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, 407775, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
3 Jul 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 407775, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45, see biography notes

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Wellington Z1381 of 460SQN was shot down 3 July 1942 at Kressendorf (Lingen), Germany with 3 crewmen killed - Sergeant Darryl Downing 407709 RAAF / Flight Sergeant Arthur Maxwell Johnston 404784 RAAF / Sergeant William James Taylor 407775 RAAF

Survivors were Sergeant David August Radke 405139 RAAF POW - discharged 1945 / Sergeant William Gerald Reed DCM 402479 RAAF POW - discharged 1946

Sergeant Maxwell Joseph Andrew Wyllie 405001 RAAF was killed in an escape attempt in April 1943