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William Ellis Newton

  • Birth 8 Jun 1919 St Kilda, Port Phillip City, Victoria, Australia
  • Death 29 Mar 1943 Morobe, Papua New Guinea
  • Burial Lae, Morobe, Papua New Guinea
  • Memorial ID 8170906

World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Flight Lieutenant in the 22nd Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. Leading an air attack at Salamauoa, New Guinea, March 16, 1943, Flight Lieutenant Newton flew through heavy enemy fire and was hit repeatedly. In spite of this he continued dropping bombs from low level on buildings and fuel dumps and managed to get his damaged aircraft back to base. On March 18, 1943, he returned to the target, bombed a single building, his aircraft was shot down and he was forced to crash land at sea. He escaped from the plane wreck, was captured by enemy troops and was later executed by his Japanese captors in Salamaua. For the highest gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross Medal.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: Peterborough "K"
  • Added: 10 Dec 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8170906
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Ellis Newton (8 Jun 1919–29 Mar 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8170906, citing Lae War Cemetery and Memorial, Lae, Morobe, Papua New Guinea ; Maintained by Find A Grave .