Personnel Index - Detail

Name
ROSS
First Names
William Charles Henry
Rank
F/Sgt
Service
RAAF
Service Number
404642
Crew Position
Wireless Operator
Age
25
Date of Death
12/10/1942
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke
 

The Runnymede image was created by artist Paul Reid using photographs taken by Jo Cockburn and Malcolm Brooke

12/13 October, 1942; WISMAR:

The scheduled 'Dixon Exercise' automatically cancelled when Group came on the 'blower' requesting 10 aircraft for an attack on Wismar town and the Dornier factory. The squadron climbed away from Scampton to join other 5 Group Lancasters en route for Wismar. Despite the very dark night and bad visibility this moderate force started several fires within the target area. Two crews failed to return, and one was the unfortunate 49 Squadron crew piloted by 21 year-old F/O Richard Elliott (W4116). Their Lancaster came down in the sea, and sadly the crews bodies were never recovered; they are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.

Lancaster W4116
F/O R.F. Elliott Pilot (Missing)
Sgt A.R. Hendrie RAF F/E (Missing)
P/O G.L. Laidlaw RAAF NAV (Missing)
F/S W.C.H. Ross RAAF W/OP (Missing)
Sgt G. Hodge A/G (Missing)
F/S J.K. Cullen RAAF A/B (Missing)
F/O J.W.B. Horne A/G (Missing)

F/S Ross was on his 23rd operation.



The postings that led F/S Ross to 49Sqn.



He died almost exactly two years after his initial enlistment.