Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Beverley, William - Flight Sergeant

(No soldier photo available)
45 Sqdn. 
Royal Air Force
Died 22nd April 1941.
Age 26

Flight Sergeant William Beverley was the pilot in the three man crew of Blenheim light bomber which took off from its base at Fuka, Egypt, in company with three others, to bomb targets in Benghazi, Libya. The targets were located, the bombs dropped, and the four aircraft got away safely. On the return back to base, however, William's plane disappeared. It was presumed to have gone into the sea as there was heavy cloud in the area.

William was the son of Mrs. W. Beverley. He was aged 26. He attended St.James' Church and School. On leaving Haslingden Grammar School in 1933 he joined the R.A.F. and first trained as a wireless operator. He had been in North Africa for about eighteen months before his death. He was only officially reported missing in October 1942.

William is named on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt.  The Memorial forms the entrance to the El Alamein War Cemetery.  The Land Forces panels commemorate more than 8,500 Commonwealth soldiers who died in the area campaigns and have no known grave.  The Air Forces panels commemorate more than 3,000 airmen whose remains were never found.  William's name is on Column 242.