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Flying Officer William Edgar Laurence MOODY
459 RAAF Squadron

Service No. 422623

Date of Birth: 23 Jan 1922

Place of Birth: KATOOMBA, NSW

Date of Enlistment: 22 May 1942

Date of Death: 08 Jun 1944

Burial place: Harrogate (Stonefall) cemetery, Yorkshire

Rank: Flying Officer

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Crew Halifax LL-459:
  • P/O Raymond Leslie FRANCIS - (Pilot)

  • F/O William Edgar Laurence MOODY - (Air Bomber)

  • F/Sgt William Robert Rex PORTER (Navigator)

  • F/Sgt Gilbert Francis BROWN - (WAG)

  • F/Sgt Kevin William HENNESSY - (WAG)

  • Sgt Frederick William REED (RAF Flight Engineer)


On 8 June 1944, Halifax LL-459 took off from RAF Sandtoft for a night cross country flight. At about 0210 hours, the aircraft dived out of control onto the banks of the river Humber, at a place known locally as Howden Dyke Island, just to the south of Hook east of Goole, Yorkshire. It was believed the aircraft stalled. All crew of 6 were killed.

RAAF Empire Air Training Scheme recruits embark for futher training in Canada 1940
Document 34
Francis RL Burrial
Moody WE Barrial
Porter WR Burrial
Brown GF Burrial
Hennessy KW Burrial
Certificate of death
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