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Sergeant William Ernest PEARCE (402825) of the Royal Australian Air Force


Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Hurricane IIb Z5533
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Death of Death 1942-04-09 Age : 23 years.

Served in 261 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : 2. E. 13. at Trincomalee War Cemetery, Sri Lanka (Map)

More Details: SON OF WILLIAM ERNEST AND PHOEBE PEARCE; HUSBAND OF LESLEY NORMA PEARCE, OF ROSE BAY, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA.

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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/13812Sergeant W E Pearce (RAAF): killed; Hurricane Z5533, 261 Squadron, Sergeant J W Walton: died of wounds; Hurricane BG690, 261 Squadron, Squadron Leader A G Lewis: injured; Hurricane Z4961, 261 Squadron, Flight Sergeant C J Gauthier (RCAF): injured; Hurricane Z2573, 261 Squadron, Sergeant D P B Bowie: injured; Hurricane BG676, 261 Squadron, Sergeant L T Rawnsley (RAAF): injured; Hurricane BG786, 261 Squadron, all aircraft involved in combat enemy action on and around China Bay aerodrome, Trincomalee, Ceylon, 9 April 1942.C17206449

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date: 09 Apr 42 Aircraft: Hurricane II Z5533 Unit 261 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location China Bay, Ceylon
DetailsSD by fighters at Chinabay
SourceHurricanesOverArakan
Aircrew details Sgt William Ernest PEARCE (402825)
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Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantWilliam Ernest PEARCE (402825) Hurricane IIb Z5533  Forum Post 1942-04-09261 Sqdn AIR27 Sri LankaTrincomalee War Cemetery

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Number of Hurricanes ferried to Ceylon by IndomitableHi all, The following may help add to the overall information of this post. The logbook of Sgt W.E. Pearce (Aus.402825), 261 Sqn RAF, indicates he flew Hurricane Mk.I Z4762 from HMS Indomitable to China Bay on 7th March 1942 (30 min flight). Thereafter, Pearce piloted Hurricane Mk.IIB Z5620 for an air test (13th) and Dawn Patrol (17th). Hurricane Mk.IIB, Z5533 was seemingly his usual mount from 17th March onwards - logging 8 sorties and 5 non-ops (not including his final fateful mission on 5th April). He noted two additional non-ops flying Hurricane 227 on 14th Mar and 676 on the 30th Mar. Regards, Drew ....Read More.AUS on 11th October 2013 04:55:36

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