01.06.1944 No. 131 Squadron Spitfire VII MB887 W/O. Atkinson
Operation: Rhubarb 265
Date: 01st June 1944 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 131 Squadron (motto: Invicta - 'Unconquered')
Type: Spitfire VII
Base: RAF Culmhead, Somerset
Location: Saint-Brieux, France
Pilot: W/O. William James Atkinson AUS/413332 RAAF Age 21. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During the operation Spitfire MB887 encountered flak at location shown. No further details and we welcome any further formation.
Neither the pilot nor aircraft was recovered.
W/O. William James Atkinson. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 259. Born on the 14th August 1922 at North Sydney, NSW, the son of Clifford and Elsie May Atkinson, of Carlton Flats, 71 Milson Road.Cremorne, New South Wales, Australia. A bank clerk prior to service at the National Bank of Australia. Previously served with the 1st Machine Gun Corps for 3 months.
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