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Anthony Marshall Willis

Anthony Marshall Willis

College

Shoreditch College

Service number

925963

WW2 rank

Sergeant Flight Engineer

103 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Theatre of war

Europe

Date of death

21 January, 1943

Location of death

Enschede

Buried/memorial

Enschede Eastern General Cemetery

Biography

Sergeant Flight Engineer Anthony Marshall Willis graduated from Shoreditch College in 1937. It is not known if he held a job between then and when war was declared, it is likely he was a teacher during that period. After three raids in as many nights Sgt Willis and his crew of 6 were sent on a raid on Essen on 21 January 1943. Due to the succession of raids their Lancaster W4335 PM-F was having problems with one of its engines. As written by David Fell, Later that evening 8 year old Gerrit Zijlstra was standing outside his house in Enschede, Holland listening to the bombers flying overhead. At about 19.35 local time he saw tracer fired in the night sky to the North of Enschede. He then saw an aircraft on fire coming in his direction. Suddenly the blazing aircraft changed direction and crashed in the middle of the town of Enschede. No civilians were killed…” Everyone on the aircraft was killed and are all buried at the Enschede Eastern General Cemetery. Sgt Willis headstone reads, May we be worthy of his sacrifice.

Sources

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

www.northlincsweb.net