William Henry SPARGO


SPARGO, William Henry

Service Number: 418689
Enlisted: 29 May 1942, Enlisted at Melbourne
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Croxton, Victoria, Australia, 30 July 1923
Home Town: Preston, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Northcote High School; Mathers Commercial College, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Flying Battle, Nuremburg, Germany, 31 March 1944, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Durnbach Cemetery, Germany
Plot 8, Row B, Grave 3 Headstone inscription reads: Dearly loved and sadly missed Roll of Honour - Preston, Victoria
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Sergeant, SN 418689
29 May 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 418689, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF), Enlisted at Melbourne
6 Nov 1942: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman
11 Dec 1942: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 418689, Embarked at Sydney for Canada and England
10 Dec 1943: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant
31 Mar 1944: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant
31 Mar 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 418689, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of David and Jeannie Gordon Spargo of 176 Murray Road,  East Preston, Victoria

Plane was Lancaster 111 Y 738 lost on air operations targeting Nuremburg, Germany

Medals: 1939-45 Star, Aircrew Europe Star, Defence Medal, War Medal

School subjects passed - English, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Physics and History, but failed Latin and Chemistry. Later passed Auditing in 1940 and Mercantile Law in 1941

At the time of enlistment he was employed by Tozer, Kemsley and Milbourn (Australiasia) Pty. Lt. of Melbourne