GERTZEL, William Kevin

Plane was a Halifax bomber LV919 which failed to return from an operational sortie over the bomb marshalling yards at Hasselt, Germany. It was determined that LV919 was shot down by a German night fighter and crashed at Zondereigen, Belgium. All seven crew members were killed, including Flt Sgt Gertzel.

Last Name
GERTZEL
Given Names
William Kevin
Service Number
427460
Date of Birth
24/07/1923
Birth Location
Perth W.A
Enlistment Date
14/07/1942
Enlistment Location
Perth
1Wags Start Date
17/09/1942
Course Details
WAGS Course 30
Intake Date
17/09/1942
Finish Date
03/03/1943
To
3 BAGS
Kill Date or Discharge Date
13/05/1944 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
466 SQN
Rank
Flight Sergeant
Operations
Flying battle Belgium
Date of Death
13/05/1944
Age
20
Cemetery / Memorial
Schoonselhof Cemetery Antwerp Belgium
Notes

Plane was a Halifax bomber LV919 which failed to return from an operational sortie over the bomb marshalling yards at Hasselt, Germany. It was determined that LV919 was shot down by a German night fighter and crashed at Zondereigen, Belgium. All seven crew members were killed, including Flt Sgt Gertzel.

Posting on Death
466 Squadron
NAA Status
OPEN
1WAGS - GERTZEL William Kevin - Service Number 427460
1WAGS - GERTZEL William Kevin - Service Number 427460
1WAGS - GERTZEL William Kevin - Service Number 427460 (edited-1)

Acknowledgements

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