Sergeant Robert William Westcott

Robert William Westcott - 1WAGS BallaratRobert William Westcott was born in Ballarat on the 3 November 1915 to parents Clarence William Valentine and Pearl May Westcott, of Doveton Street, Ballarat. Robert attended MacArthur State School and Ballarat High School. Prior to enlistment Robert’s occupation was a Clerk for the South British Insurance Company, Dana Street Ballarat.

Robert William Westcott enlisted in the RAAF on the 28 February 1941 in Melbourne [service no. 401557].

He completed his RAAF initial training at No. 1 ITS at Somers Victoria and then began training as a Wireless/Air Gunner at No. 1 Wireless Air Gunner School Ballarat, Course 12. Thirty-five of the one hundred trainees from Course 12 were killed. Robert was then posted to No. 2 Bombing Air Gunner School [BAGS] at Port Pirie, South Australia.

After graduating Robert was posted to No. 6 Squadron RAAF on the 13 of December 1941 and then No.13 Squadron on the 16 January 1942, the day before his aircraft accident.

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No 6 Squadron Hudson - 1WAGS BallaratThe squadron was disbanded in 1919 but re-formed at the start of 1939. It subsequently saw combat as a light bomber and maritime patrol squadron during World War II, and took part in the New Guinea Campaign and New Britain Campaign before being disbanded after the war.

No. 6 Squadron escorted convoys off the Australian east coast and undertook training exercises with the Australian Army and RAN. 

The squadron's Ansons were replaced by twelve Mark I Lockheed Hudson light bombers during April and May 1940. These aircraft were much more capable than the Ansons, having a longer range, higher speed and greater bomb load. No. 6 Squadron continued to be based at Richmond, though detachments moved to other  airstrips along the east coast when the squadron escorted troop convoys.

In August 1940 the squadron conducted long-range patrols searching for German raiders which were present in the Tasman Sea, but without success.

Hudson Wreckage - 1WAGS BallaratOn the 17 January 1942 Lockheed Hudson A16-144 from No. 6 Squadron crashed on take-off at Ceduna South Australia while on delivery to No. 14 Squadron at RAAF Station Pearce WA.

Those killed on A16-144 were:



Sergeant Robert William Westcott is buried at the Ballarat General [Old] Cemetery.

He was 26 years old.

Westcott Memorial - 1WAGS Ballarat

He is Remembered:  Panel 99, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT



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