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


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 Name First Name(s) Rank Role Information
Forbes-Lloyd George Vincent Flight Lieutenant Pilot RAFVR 115835. Killed.
Tribble Gordon Francis Flight Sergeant 2nd Pilot RAFVR 1802210. Killed.
Sharp William John Pilot Officer Navigator RAAF 418883. Killed.
Slack Ernest Warrant Officer Air Bomber RAFVR 1109089. Killed.
Geldert John William Flight Sergeant Flight Engineer RAFVR 967135. Killed.
Marshall Peter Bryan Flight Sergeant Wireless Operator RAFVR. Killed.
Nater Douglas William Sergeant Wireless Operator RAFVR 1339183. Killed.
Deem Fred James Sergeant Wireless Operator RAFVR 1320050. Killed.
Moore Clifford Henry Warrant Officer RAFVR. Survived.
Bowater Charles Wilfred Flight Sergeant RAFVR. 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.