Wadya Wellesley (Waddy) BELL-TOWERS


BELL-TOWERS, Wadya Wellesley

Service Number: 400010
Enlisted: 28 April 1940
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 102 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Clifton Hill, Victoria, 17 August 1908
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Scotch College
Occupation: Hotel Manager
Died: Flying Battle, Killed In Action (Flying Battle), Netherlands, 15 August 1941, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Terschelling (West-Terschelling) General Cemetery, Netherlands
30, Terschelling (West-Terschelling) General Cemetery, Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

28 Apr 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Melbourne, Victoria
28 Apr 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 400010, No. 102 Squadron (RAAF)
15 Aug 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 400010, No. 102 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Wadya Wellesley BELL-TOWERS was born on 17th August, 1908 in Clifton Hill, Victoria

His parents were Henry Linacre BELL-TOWERS and Isabelle Marion BRUCE

He had previous service with the Melbourne University Rifles (3 years), the 10th Light Horse (WA) for 18 months and the 6th Battalion R.M.R. (6 months) discharged to join the RAAF

He married Merla QUINN in 1939 in Victoria

On 28th April, 1940 he joined the RAAF

Wadya was Killed in a Flying Battle on 15th August, 1941 in the Netherlands, He was with the 102 Squadron RAF at the time and flying a Whitley Bomber - he is buried in Terschelling General Cemetery, Friesland, Netherlands  (Grave no. 30) and is also commemorated on the Australian War Memorial & the Roll of Honour in Melbourne

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2649144/BELL-TOWERS,%20WADYA%20WELLESLEY (www.cwgc.org)

http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=5372167 (recordsearch.naa.gov.au)

http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceId=R&VeteranId=1073696 (www.ww2roll.gov.au)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armstrong_Whitworth_Whitley (en.wikipedia.org)

The Argus -Melbourne - 15th August, 1944

IN MEMORIAM - Roll of Honour - On Active Service

BELL -TOWERS - On August 15, 1941 (killed in air operations abroad) Pilot Officer Wadya Wellesley, loved husband of Merla and Daddy of Ian - Always remembered

BELL- TOWERS - In loving memory our dearly loved son, Pilot Officer Wadya Wellesley (Waddy) killed in air operations over Germany August 15, 1941. brother of Lyn & Arthur (AIF returned) father of little Ian - Sadly missed