Remembering Today 12/3/42 Sergeant W.Clezy Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 75 (R.N.Z.A.F.) Sqdn.

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    CLEZY, WILLIAM

    Rank:
    Sergeant
    Service No:
    1365054
    Date of Death:
    12/03/1942
    Age:
    21
    Regiment/Service:
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    75 (R.N.Z.A.F.) Sqdn.
    Panel Reference
    Panel 80.
    Memorial
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:
    Son of Archibald W. Clezy, and of Louisa S. Clezy, of Perth.
    CWGC - Cemetery Details
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    CLEZY, WILLIAM

    Rank:
    Sergeant
    Service No:
    1365054
    Date of Death:
    12/03/1942
    Age:
    21
    Regiment/Service:
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

    75 (R.N.Z.A.F.) Sqdn.
    Panel Reference
    Panel 80.
    Memorial
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Additional Information:
    Son of Archibald W. Clezy, and of Louisa S. Clezy, of Perth.
    CWGC - Cemetery Details

    Details of the above loss.

    12-13 March 1942

    75 Squadron
    Wellington III X3588 AA-
    Op. Kiel

    Took off from Feltwell. Lost without trace.

    Crew

    S/L. P J R. Kitchin DFC +
    P/O. W J. Parton RNZAF +
    Sgt. H S G. Cullen +
    Sgt. T K. Carter +
    Sgt. W. Clezy +
    F/S. L M. Chamberlain RNZAF +

    Sgt. Clezy was an Australian serving in the RAF.

    Source - RAF Bomber Command Losses' Vol.3 - W R. Chorley
     
  3. Oggie2620

    Oggie2620 Senior Member

    Thank you for commemorating Sgt Clezy :poppy:. I will copy the link to Glen and also to one of my Feltwell friends.

    CWGC have made one error which I would like to comment on. It was not 75 (RNZAF) Sqn at that stage it was 75 (NZ) Sqn. 75 were the first of the brackets sqns and were still part of the RAF at that stage. After the war the number was given to the RNZAF and they were the only prewar Sqn that this happened to (because of the sacrifice and bravery of the people on the sqn of which Sgt Clezy is one). I am sure Glen will correct me if this is wrong in any way but I know the 75 (NZ) Sqn bit is right
     
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Might be worth dropping an amendment email to CWGC to update their records.

    Also possibility W.Clezy is an Australian.
     
  5. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

    I thought Spidge would have made comment on this one - where does the comment that Sgt. Clezy was an Australian serving in the RAF come from? Is that the way he is listed in Source - RAF Bomber Command Losses' Vol.3 - W R. Chorley ??

    I took the CWGC reference to his family being "of Perth" to signify Perth, Scotland.

    Otherwise the only family of that name I could find in Australia in the 1940s all seemed to be from South Australia. I can't locate notification of his death in the newspapers and the NAA doesn't have a file on him (not conclusive as they only seemed to have casualty files for 50% of the Aussie deaths in the RAF).

    I hope Spidge comes along soon as he is the guru on Aussies in Allied Air Forces, he probably already has info on this casualty's Australian status.
     
  6. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    where does the comment that Sgt. Clezy was an Australian serving in the RAF come from? Is that the way he is listed in Source - RAF Bomber Command Losses' Vol.3 - W R. Chorley ??



    Dave,

    The comment that Sgt. Clezy was an Australian serving in the RAF does indeed come from Chorley's book.

    Regards
    Peter
     
  7. DaveB

    DaveB Very Senior Member

  8. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER

    Hi all.

    Been a bit busy.

    Had this lad as Australian however I was unable to confirm him without an Ancestry account and forgot to go back to it.

    I also found a William born in Durham but could not confirm it.

    I thought as Dave that it was Perth, Scotland.

    Ancestry would still be the best avenue if someone can assist.

    Apologies on a nil result Clive.

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
  9. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Thank you to All
     

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