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The Airmen's Stories - P/O W Wright


William Wright, of Middlesex, was born on 5th October 1909, the son of Francis Ranken Wright and Mary Broome Wright. His father was a ship broker.

He was educated at Eastbourne College from May 1923 to March 1928. He was a house prefect and for a time acted as head of Gonville.

On leaving Wright went for one year to the Ecole de Commerce at Neuchâtel and then was employed as a ship insurance brokers clerk in his father’s office until February 1940.

He had married Inez Vida Boulton in April 1936. Wright joined the RAF in February 1940 with a direct-entry commission as an Air Gunner.

He completed his training and joined 600 Squadron on 16th March 1940.

He moved to 604 Squadron at Northolt on 26th March.



He was detached to CGS Warmwell from 13th August to 7th September 1940 for a Gunnery Leaders course. Wright was posted to 150 Squadron at Newton on 31st December 1940 to operate in Wellingtons.

He was killed on 26th August 1941 as a Flying Officer with 40 Squadron, operating Wellingtons from Alconbury. His aircraft, Wellington IC X9749 BL-J, crashed in Belgium while on a sortie to Karlsruhe.

Also lost were:

S/Ldr. AC Martin
P/O TR Fyles
P/O RR Reynolds
Sgt. G Knight
Sgt. RJF Perras RCAF

Wright was 31. He is buried in Handzame Cemetery, Belgium.


Above image courtesy of Phil.


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