William Ross WICKS DFM

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WICKS, William Ross

Service Number: 420369
Enlisted: 14 October 1941, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 12 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Inverell, New South Wales, Australia, 1 November 1921
Home Town: Inverell, Inverell, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Mechanic
Died: Flying Battle, Texel Isle, Netherlands, 27 September 1943, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Cambridge City Cemetery, United Kingdom
(CWGC) Official Commemoration - Grave Reference: Grave 13926. Roll of Honour - Inverell., Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, SN 420369, No. 12 Squadron (RAF)
14 Oct 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 420369, No. 12 Squadron (RAF), Sydney, NSW, Australia
14 Oct 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 420369
17 Oct 1942: Embarked Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 420369, No. 12 Squadron (RAF), Embarked for UK
12 Nov 1943: Honoured Distinguished Flying Medal, Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 18 November 1943 on page 2517 London Gazette on 12 November 1943 on page 4973

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Henry Edward and Jane Wicks of Inverell, NSW

Plane was Lancaster 111 DV171 and was on air operations over Holland. It had taken off at 15.00 hours to bomb a target in Holland which was successful however on the return flight the aircraft was struck by heavy flak and William was hit by shrapnel which had penetrate the body of the aircraft. It continued on and landed safely at it's own airfield.