Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.

Image courtesy of Sharyn – Virtual War Memorial Australia – https://vwma.org.au/explore/people/630302


Born: 22nd June 1921, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Died: 7th September 1942; age: 21; Died of Wounds received during a  flying battle.

Residence: Auchenflower, Brisbane, Queensland.

Occupation: Government Services.

Religion: Roman Catholic.

Enlistment Location: Brisbane, Queensland; Date: 3rd February 1941.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 405244.

Regiment: Royal Australia Air Force, 49 Squadron.


Funeral service led by Canon Thomson on the 10th September 1942.

Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Edward & Catherine Gregory-Coleman, of Auchenflower, Queensland, Australia.


Father: Edward Gregory-Coleman, born 1869 – died February 1942, Brisbane.

Mother: Catherine Gregory-Coleman (nee Hanrahan), born March 1875, Moohane, Ballybunion, County Kerry, Ireland. Catherine emigrated to Australia, arriving on 15th May 1899.


William was educated at the Christian Brothers College, Queensland.


William, his parents and siblings are listed in the Pioneers & Settlers Register – Far North Queensland, 1825 to 1920 – compiled by Cairns & District Family History Society Inc.

Edward & Catherine Gregory-Coleman.

Edward John Gregory-Coleman, born 1910, Queensland.

Mary Gregory-Coleman, born 1912, Queensland.

Denis William Gregory-Coleman, born January 1914, Brisbane, Queensland.

John Francis Gregory-Coleman, born October 1917, Brisbane, Queensland.

7th September 1942

Aircraft: Avro Lancaster; serial number: R5752; code: EA-D; based at R.A.F. Scampton, Lincolnshire. The aircraft took-off at 01:16hrs with the Main Force of 207 aircraft of 6 types, on a bombing mission to Duisburg, North Rhine – Westphalia, Germany. R5752 received 3 direct hits from flak. William, and Patrick Maloney were injured. Captain Gordon Jeffreys had an ordeal to get the crippled Lancaster, on two engines, and steadily losing height home. Captain Jeffreys ordered four members of his crew to parachute out as soon as they reached England. Which they did safely over Orfordness Ness, Suffolk. He then belly landed the Lancaster at Martlesham Heath airfield, Suffolk. William did not make it and died of his injuries on board the aircraft.



Gordon Sidney Jeffreys; Pilot Officer/Pilot; R.A.F. Injured. Later killed 17th January 1943 – aged 21 years.

J.E.Harrison; Sergeant/Air Gunner; R.A.F. Safe.

Oldrich Dennis Blaha; Sergeant/ Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; R.A.F. Safe. Later killed 2nd January 1944 – aged 21 years.

William Lorne Van Der Dasson; Sergeant/Air Bombardier; R.C.A.F. Safe. Later killed 12th May 1944 – aged 23 years.

James C.H. Morgan; Sergeant/Navigator; R.A.A.F. Safe.

Patrick Maloney; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; R.A.F. Injured. Later killed when his parachute failed to open – 18th August 1944 – aged 35 years.

Details and images courtesy of the 49th Squadron Association

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