ALLSOPP, William Frederick

(b. 1918 in Heathcote). He enlisted in the army in 1940 and a year later in the RAAF. In England he became air Gunner2 on a bomber on which the navigator was another old Scotch collegian, John Henry Dodgshun (b. 1921). on night raids, they took off at 7 or 8 pm and were away for three to seven hours. In 1943, in February they flew missions to Lorient, Wilhelmshaven, Bremen, Nuremburg, Cologne, and St Nazaire. In March the gruelling raids took them to Berlin, Hamburg, essen, Nuremburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Essen again, and St Nazaire. on 3 april they bombed Essen, on 7 april Kiel, and on 9 april Duisburg, a mission from which they did not return. Flight-Sergeant Allsopp of 460 Squadron died in a flying battle over North West Europe on 9 april 1943, aged 24. He is commemorated in the air Forces Memorial at Runnymede which names over 20,000 airmen who have no known graves.

Last Name
ALLSOPP
Given Names
William Frederick
Service Number
408558
Date of Birth
21/10/1918
Birth Location
Heathcote VIC.
Enlistment Date
27/04/1941
Enlistment Location
Melbourne
1Wags Start Date
29/05/1941
Course Details
WAGS Course 14
Intake Date
29/05/1941
Finish Date
15/12/1941
To
1 BAGS
Kill or Discharge Date
09/04/1943 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
460 SQN
Rank
Flight Sergeant
Operations
Flying battle N.W. Europe target Duisburg.
Date of Death
09/04/1943
Age
24
Cemetery / Memorial
Runnymede Memorial
Notes

(b. 1918 in Heathcote). He enlisted in the army in 1940 and a year later in the RAAF. In England he became air Gunner2 on a bomber on which the navigator was another old Scotch collegian, John Henry Dodgshun (b. 1921). on night raids, they took off at 7 or 8 pm and were away for three to seven hours. In 1943, in February they flew missions to Lorient, Wilhelmshaven, Bremen, Nuremburg, Cologne, and St Nazaire. In March the gruelling raids took them to Berlin, Hamburg, essen, Nuremburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Essen again, and St Nazaire. on 3 april they bombed Essen, on 7 april Kiel, and on 9 april Duisburg, a mission from which they did not return. Flight-Sergeant Allsopp of 460 Squadron died in a flying battle over North West Europe on 9 april 1943, aged 24. He is commemorated in the air Forces Memorial at Runnymede which names over 20,000 airmen who have no known graves.

Posting on Death
460 Squadron
NAA Status
NOT YET EXAMINED

Acknowledgements

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