102 (Ceylon) Squadron

Tentate et perficite (Attempt and Achieve)

Sergeant Willie Morse

We have been contacted by Willie's Nephew Keith, and will be adding more information soon

On the 10th July 1943 - BB249 DY-Z - took off for Gelsenkirchen.

Shot down by a nightfighter at 02.40hrs, it crashed 6km SE of Rochefort, Belgium.

F/S Arthur Thomas Fraser - RAAF - Pilot - Aged 22 - (C.W.G.C.)
Sgt T. Stockton - Nav - POW
Sgt Willie Morse - F/E - Aged 24 - (C.W.G.C.)
F/S John George Herbert Mansell - WOp - Aged 37 - (C.W.G.C.)
Sgt R. Glass - R.C.A.F. - A/G - Aged 20 - (C.W.G.C.)
Sgt H. Edwards - A/G - POW
Sgt R. Brand - B/A - POW

From Keith we have the following:

My uncle Willie Morse was born in March 1919 one of 13 children in the family. He was, in fact, the third boy named Willie or William, the previous two having died in infancy...so perhaps not a good omen for a long and happy life.

His sister, my mother, Ethel always told me that Willie had been her favourite brother and had looked after her as she grew up. It's interesting that she always spoke of him with affection but I did not find out until after her death that she had kept all the official telegrams and letters associated with his death. It was these that led me to try and find out more. It's sad because I know she would have jumped at the opportunity to visit his grave in Belgium, had she known where he was.

I have all the basic details of his death and burial but have no knowledge of his service record...so any details would be gratefully received.


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