William Tyndall SHEPPARD


SHEPPARD, William Tyndall

Service Number: 407731
Enlisted: 4 January 1941
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Air and Ground Radio School
Born: Mount Gambier, South Australia, 5 August 1913
Home Town: Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Station Overseer
Died: Accidental (Flying Accident), Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, 24 February 1942, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Monkton and Prestwick Cemetery, Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland
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Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kongorong Oval Memorial Gates, Mount Gambier War Memorial, Port MacDonnell Memorial Walk, Port MacDonnell War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

4 Jan 1941: Involvement Sergeant, SN 407731
4 Jan 1941: Enlisted Adelaide
4 Jan 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 407731
24 Feb 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 407731, Air and Ground Radio School

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Sergeant William Tyndall Sheppard 407731 was killed when Blackburn Botha L6211 of Number 3 Radio School RAF crashed near Turnberry in Ayrshire, Scotland

Also killed: Sergeant Esmond Elliott Browne RAF 1188027

Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of John Halford Sheppard and Minna Gertrude Sheppard, of Mount Gambier, South Australia.


A station overseer prior to enlistment, Sgt Sheppard volunteered for the RAAF Reserve in 1940 before enlisting in the RAAF on 4 January 1941. After training in Western Australia, Sgt Sheppard embarked for overseas service on 16 October 1941 from Sydney. He was stationed at Ayrshire, Scotland, and on 24 February 1942 whilst attached to 3 Radio School RAF, he was accidentally killed when his aircraft crashed on a beach near Turnberry, south of the Ayr Base. He was aged 28.