26.01.1944 No 227 Squadron Beaufighter TF.X JL708 F/O. Alexander H. Will
Date: 26th January 1944 (Friday)
Unit: No. 227 Squadron
Type: Beaufighter TF.X
Base: Berka III, Benghazi, Libya
Location: Ionean Sea off Kounopetra, Kefalonia, Greece.
Pilot: F/O. Alexander Harold Will AUS/420093 RAAF Age 20. Killed
Nav: F/O. Brian Findley 136376 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During an operation attacking shipping it is understood that they were hit by German anti-aircraft fire. The Beaufighter crashed at around 12.00 hrs into the sea off Kounopetra, Kefalonia, Greece. Other aircraft searched for the crew but discovered only wreckage.
Australian pilot F/O. Alexander Harold Will
Graves of the crew - any relative who would like a high resolution copy of the grave are invited to contact us (courtesy Antonelos CH. Athanasios)
F/O. Alexander Harold Will. Phaleron War Cemetery. Grave 7.C.19. Son of Mathew Glory Will and Gladys M. Will of Lagoon Flats, Burragorand, New South Wales, Australia. Husband of Alice Will, of 7 Mornington Crescent, Cranford, Hounslow, Middlesex, Middlesex, England. (Later at 98 Scotts Road, Southall, Middlesex, England)
F/O. Brian Findley. Phaleron War Cemetery. Grave 4.C.10. Son of Horace Isdale Findley and Miriam Nancy Findley, of Stockton Heath, Warrington, Lancashire. His brother Roy Charles Samuel 1451563 RAFVR also killed on service on the 17th April 1943. Age 22. Buried at Stockton Heath (St. Thomas) Churchyard, Cheshire, England. Row 8, Grave 43. Piloting a Whitley V LA768 From 81 OTU on a night cross country training exercise - taking off at 21.36 hrs from RAF Whitchurch Heath. Crashed at 23.31 hrs at Aylesbeare some 6 miles ESE of Exeter, England. 2 Crew killed, 3 injured
Researched by Antonelos CH. Athanasios and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to National Archives, Australia. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Aircrew Remembered own Archives.