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: Off Limeni, 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:
Taking off from Berka at 08:48 hrs with 3 others. At 11:17 hrs. a caique was spotted anchored at the small bay of Limeni. During the attack Beaufighter JL708 failed to pull out of a dive, killing both the crew members.
Australian pilot F/O. Alexander Harold Will
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 Limeni, Greece. Other aircraft searched for the crew but discovered only wreckage.
The remaining three continued with their operation to Kalamata.
The others involved with the attack:
JL910 9J-S Flown by W/Cdr. John Buchanan with W/O. Reg Howes.
EL467 9J-Y Flown by Fl/Lt. John Bliss with F/O. Norman Rigby.
EL409 J9-K Flown by Sgt. Sidney Appleton with Sgt. Jack Fenton.
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
'Combat Over the Mediterranean
'. Author Chris Goss ISBN-13: 978-1473889439 223 pages published in English 2017.
Researched by Antonelos CH. Athanasios with information gained from Christ Goss and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to National Archives, Australia. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Aircrew Remembered own Archives.