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PEDRINA, WILLIAM ALLAN, DFC

Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:264
Rank:Squadron Leader
Date of Birth:20 May 1919
Place of Birth:Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
Date of Death:15 December 1942 (Aged 23 years)
Decorations:Distinguished Flying Cross
Units:No. 1 Operational Training Unit, RAAF †

via Rick Hanning

Timeline

15 December 1942Hudson A16-36: Aircraft shot down by Japanese ground fire while dropping supplies near Soputa.

Citations

Distinguished Flying Cross:
In February, 1942, this officer took part in a low level attack on enemy destroyers and transports, in the face of intense fire, at Gasmata, New Britain. Later in February he carried out a single daylight reconnaissance of enemy shipping at Rabaul. In spite of being attacked by enemy fighters and ground defences and having his gunner killed and aircraft damaged he completed his reconnaissance and returned over 500 miles to his base with extremely valuable information.

Burial Details

Cemetery:PORT MORESBY (BOMANA) WAR CEMETERY
Grave:A6. E. 20.

Photos

Graves of F/O Kerr, S/Ldr Pedrina, and Sgt Itzerott at the Bomana War Cemetery, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll
The London Gazette - Distinguished Flying Cross Citation (April 10, 1942)

Record updated on 15 December 2017.


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