William Deldon Douglas KILLWORTH


KILLWORTH, William Deldon Douglas

Service Number: 408443
Enlisted: 25 May 1942, Hobart, Tasmania
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 467 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: "Montrose", Launceston. Tasmania, 14 February 1924
Home Town: Scottsdale, Dorset, Tasmania
Schooling: Primary & High School
Occupation: Flax Worker
Died: Killed in Action (flying battle), France, 8 July 1944, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Courgent Communal Cemetery, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

25 May 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 408443, Aircrew Training Units, Hobart, Tasmania
25 May 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 408443
25 May 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 408443
4 Aug 1943: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, SN 408443, Adelaide, SA
8 Jul 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 408443, No. 467 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
Date unknown: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 408443

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

William Deldon Douglas KILLWORTH was born on 14th Feb. 1924 in "Montrose"- Nurse Munnings Private Hospital in Launceston, Tasmania

His parents were David KILLWORTH and Ella Louise BRIGGS

He enlisted with the RAAF on 25th May.1942 in Hobart and embarked from Adelaide on 4th August 1943 for  the UK - he had previous service for 9 months in the Volunteer Defence Corp. Training

He was Killed in Action on 8th July 1944 whilst on operations over North West Europe , aged 20 years.  At the time of his death he was serving with the RAF - Rank Flight Sergeant - Service No. 408443.  He was serving with the 467 Squadron at the time

Williams final resting place is at Courgent Communal Cemetery in France

Flight Sergeant Killworth was the Air Gunner on Lancaster LM338 which took off from RAF Waddington on the night of the 7th July to bomb storage sites at St Leu D'Esserent, France.

Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it did not return to base.  After the war it was established that the aircraft crashed at Courgent.  All seven of the crew including Flt. Sgt. Killworth were killed and are  now buried at Courgent Communal cemetery


http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2234769/KILLWORTH,%20WILLIAM%20DELDON%20DOUGLAS (www.cwgc.org)

FIND A GRAVE - Photo of his headstone and more info

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