William John LEWIS


LEWIS, William John

Service Number: 10119
Enlisted: 1 April 1940
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 463 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Geelong, Greater Geelong - Victoria, Australia, 29 March 1912
Home Town: Bacchus Marsh, Moorabool, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Aircraft JO-E shot down during night bombing raid - Lille (Fr), Lille, Haute de France, France, 10 May 1944, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Forest-sur-Marque Communal Cemetery, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

1 Apr 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 10119, Aircrew Training Units
10 May 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 10119, No. 463 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Pilot Officer William John LEWIS was the  Flight Engineer  of Lancaster tail number LL891 C/S JO-E of No. 463 Squadron RAAF based at Waddington in Lincolnshire.

Very few RAAF aircrew qualified as Flight Engineers and William's service number siggested he was probably initially a groundcrewman, probably an engine fitter  / mechanic who subsequently changed over to aircrew and was subsequently commissioned.

He was killed in action in the course of a night bombing raid on the French city and major rail junction of Lille, in northern France, on the night of 10/11 May 1944.  He was 32 years old at the time of his death. There were no survivors from their aircraft.