James William WILLESDEN

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WILLESDEN, James William

Service Number: 427052
Enlisted: 26 April 1942
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Geraldton, Western Australia, 28 August 1922
Home Town: Geraldton, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Aircraft accident), Off North Australia Coast, 28 April 1944, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Sergeant, SN 427052
26 Apr 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

RAAF Catalina flying boat A24-49 of Number 11 Squadron was reported missing on a special operation to Manokwari, Dutch New Guinea - the aircraft was claimed as shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire and crashed into the sea.  All of the crew were killed and are commemorated on the Northern Territory Memorial to the Missing located at Adelaide River War Cemetery, NT -

Sergeant Alfred Harvey Brooks Wadham 28840 - Husband of Isabell Doris Wadham of Mildura, Victoria

Sergeant Philip Charles Carter 34396 - Son of Ernest Philip and Edith May Carter of Cabramatta, NSW

Sergeant George Wise Whitley 41312 - Son of James Wise Whitley and Ellen Althea Whitley & Husband of Jean Margaret Whitley of Geelong, Victoria

Pilot Officer Joseph Bass Miller 406811 - Son of Percival George and Margaret Mary Miller of Mount Lawley, WA

Flight Sergeant Alexander John Hine 415327 - Son of Aleck John and Winifred Hine & Husband of Nellie Irene Hine of Brookton, WA

Flying Officer Allan Roger Meakin 418142 - Son of Rupert Henry and Barbara Meakin of Toorak, Victoria

Flight Sergeant James William Willesden 427052 - Son of James and Lillie Sarah Willesden of WA

Sergeant Herbert John Alexander Coates 35037 - Son of Leslie Herbert Coates and Vera Ellen Coates of Ashfield, NSW

Flight Sergeant Leonard William Stringer 419679 - Son of Richard William and Myrtle Hannah Mary Stringer of Northcote, Victoria

Pilot Officer Warrick Neville Rose 400939 - Son of Thomas Edward and Dora Constance Rose of Brunswick, Victoria

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