William Ellis Newton


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St Kilda, Port Phillip City, Victoria, Australia
Death 29 Mar 1943 (aged 23)
Morobe, Papua New Guinea
Burial Lae, Lae District, Morobe, Papua New Guinea
Plot S. A. 4.
Memorial ID 8170906 View Source

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.
Service No: 250748
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force, No. 22 Sqdn.
Honors: V C

Son of Charles Ellis Newton and Minnie Newton, of St. Kilda, Victoria.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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