William John ARMOUR DFC


ARMOUR, William John

Service Number: 414333
Enlisted: 13 September 1941
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 428 Squadron (RCAF)
Born: Mount Morgan, Queensland, Australia, 4 June 1915
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Storeman
Died: Air craft shot down, Naunheim, Germany, 20 December 1943, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

13 Sep 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 414333, Aircrew Training Units
10 Jan 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 414333, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
20 Dec 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 414333, No. 428 Squadron (RCAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

414333 Pilot Officer William John Armour RAAF, served with No 428 (Ghost) Squadron, RCAF. Born in 1915 at Mount Morgan, Queensland, Armour enlisted in the RAAF in September 1941. He was sent to Canada as part of the Empire Air Training Scheme where he qualified as a pilot. Posted to 428 Squadron RCAF, Armour was described as 'a friend to everyone...full of fun, the life of the party, and in no way conceited'. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in 1943. On the night of 20/21 December 1943, 650 aircraft raided Frankfurt. It was Armour's 25th operational trip. Armour's Halifax and its crew failed to return, one of 41 aircraft lost that night.


AWM extract - https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C265589?image=1