Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Albert Anthony Joseph Willis

In memory of:

Sergeant Albert Anthony Joseph Willis

September 3, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

R/221202

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

426 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Anthony and Barbara Willis, of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 479 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

43. I. 6.

Location:

Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. Brookwood Military Cemetery is owned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (originally The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district. This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War, and American, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French and Polish plots containing the graves of Allied casualties. There are also German and Italian plots where prisoners of war lie buried.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Group photo– Group Photo – April 1944, the original "Bob' Lamb's Crew" formed up at #24 A.T.U. Honeybourne in December 1943. They finished the course together and flew an Operation on March 1, 1944, dropping Leaflets over Chatres, France in a Whitley Bomber, while shot at by a Fighter. They started the last Course, H.C.U. #1666 at Wombleton, when Wallace Oatway was Hospitalized. The rest joined 426 Squadron and flew Operations until they crashed. A month later Wally Oatway was on Leave from 424 Squadron sitting in the York Train Station, when his replacement "Phil" Longley walked over and told him the story. From Top Row L-R, top: Bob Kipfer Wireless-Survived, Bob Mallalue Navigator-Survived, P/O Wallace Oatway Air Bomber-(survived the War), P/O Robert Lamb Pilot-Killed. Bottom Row L-R, P/O Norman Kingslay Robinson RAF Engineer-Killed, Sgt. William Baker Wright Rear Gunner-Killed, Sgt. Albert AJ Willis Upper Gunner-Killed. (Phil Longley not in photo)
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Windsor Daily Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Windsor Daily Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorial– Sergeant Albert Anthony Joseph Willis is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Sergeant Albert Anthony Joseph Willis is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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