William John Sharp

The grave of RAAF Pilot Officer William John Sharp is in Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh. The Consolidated Catalina JX242 navigator died on 20th November 1944.

Pilot Officer

William John Sharp

418883

Pilot Officer William John Sharp served in the Royal Australian Air Force attached to RAF 202 Squadron when he died in a Consolidated Catalina crash near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.

Pilot Officer William John Sharp (418883) served in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War Two. At his time of death, he was on attachment to RAF 202 Squadron.

William was the son of Horace Hurstfield Sharp and Justine Sharp of Burwood, Victoria, Australia. He is one of many ANZAC troops buried in Northern Ireland during World War Two.

On 20th November 1944, he was the navigator on Consolidated Catalina JX242. The Mark IVA flying boat took off from RAF Castle Archdale, Co. Fermanagh. The plane came down near Lough an Laban, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh at 0715hrs. Of a 10 man crew, 8 died in the crash. Pilot Officer Sharp was 21 years old.

Remembering the crew of Catalina JX242

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
Forbes-LloydGeorge VincentFlight LieutenantPilotRAFVR 115835. Killed.
TribbleGordon FrancisFlight Sergeant2nd PilotRAFVR 1802210. Killed.
SharpWilliam JohnPilot OfficerNavigatorRAAF 418883. Killed.
SlackErnestWarrant OfficerAir BomberRAFVR 1109089. Killed.
GeldertJohn WilliamFlight SergeantFlight EngineerRAFVR 967135. Killed.
MarshallPeter BryanFlight SergeantWireless OperatorRAFVR. Killed.
NaterDouglas WilliamSergeantWireless OperatorRAFVR 1339183. Killed.
DeemFred JamesSergeantWireless OperatorRAFVR 1320050. Killed.
MooreClifford HenryWarrant OfficerRAFVR. Survived.
BowaterCharles WilfredFlight SergeantRAFVR. Survived.

William John Sharp’s grave is in Plot 2, Grave 35 of Irvinestown Church of Ireland, Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh. His headstone bears the inscription:

His duty fearlessly and nobly done. Ever remembered.

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