William Vyner Duckett WHITE DFC

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WHITE, William Vyner Duckett

Service Number: 260624
Enlisted: 30 January 1940
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 2 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Inverell, New South Wales, Australia, 25 October 1913
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Cranbrook School and Geelong Grammar, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Journalist and Company Manager
Died: Prisoner of War - Executed by the Japanese, Laha, Ambon Island, Netherlands East Indies, 20 February 1942, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Ambon Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Lieutenant
30 Jan 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 260624 , No. 2 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Following the Japanese invasion of Ambon Island a group of RAAF personnel working in support of Gull Force were captured trying to escape to Ceram. They were executed by the Japanese at Laha between the 6th and 20th of February 1942

Post-war their bodies were located in a mass grave; four individuals were positively identified and are buried in Ambon War Cemetery with the remaining seven commemorated on the Ambon Memorial to the missing

Positively identified; buried in Ambon War Cemetery with official date of death 6 of February 1942

Wing Commander Scott 250101

Flying Officer Verey 261029

Corporal Gaskin 16645

Aircraftman Evans 37304

Group burial; commemorated on the Ambon Memorial with official date of death 20 February 1942

Squadron Leader Anderson 253

Flight Lieutenant White 260624

Leading Aircraftman Walker 27521

Sergeant Read 406222

Aircraftman Harris 24987

Flight Sergeant Baker 402700

Flying Officer Meyer 290745

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