William Walter BLESSING DSO, DFC

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BLESSING, William Walter

Service Number: 404648
Enlisted: 11 October 1940
Last Rank: Squadron Leader
Last Unit: No. 109 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia , 2 October 1912
Home Town: Braidwood, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer & Engineering Sales
Died: Flying Battle, Normandy, France, 7 July 1944, aged 31 years
Cemetery: La Delivrande War Cemetery, Douvres, France
Plot III Row D Grave 3 Local Roll of Honour - Glen Innes New South Wales Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Braidwood War Memorial, Glen Innes World War 2 Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Squadron Leader, SN 404648
11 Oct 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 404648, No. 2 Initial Training School
7 Dec 1940: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman
22 Feb 1941: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, SN 404648, Emb. Sydney for Canada
28 May 1941: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant
29 May 1941: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer
29 Nov 1941: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer
29 May 1943: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant
4 Jun 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 404648, No. 109 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
18 Jun 1943: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Squadron Leader
4 Jul 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, SN 404648, Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Walter Clinton Blessing and Elizabeth Mary Blessing of Braidwood, NSW

Husband of Audrey Pamela Blessing of Stanmore, Middlesex, England

Squadron Leader Blessing 404648 RAAF and Pilot Officer DT Burke 170864 RAF were killed in the loss of Mosquito aircraft BM964