Sergeant William Seabridge - 10 Squadron  
   

Sergeant William Henry Seabridge - RAFVR

 

 Sergeant William Seabridge was serving as an Air Gunner on  Halifax Mk.BIII RG 443 coded ZA-Q for an operation to bomb the oil refinery  at Wanne-Eickel on February 2/3 1945. The aircraft departed from Melbourne at 2032hrs but crashed near Haelen and Nunhem, 17km East of Weert, killing six of the seven crew on board including Sgt William Seabridge

The rest of the  crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Hometown

Age

Sgt Jack Ashton

RAFVR

Leeds

25

F/Sgt Lional Chell

RAFVR

Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire

25

F/O P.Cook - POW

RAFVR

-

-

F/O William Parham

RAFVR

-

-

Sgt Thomas Smith

RAFVR

Sunderland,Co.Durham

37

F/O Ronald Gibbs

RAFVR

Clapham, London

-

 

Sergeant William Henry Seabridge RAFVR was one of four sons of Josiah and Edith Seabridge, husband of Olive May and father of David John Seabridge of Maybank, Newcastle, Staffordshire. He was employed as a Motor Driver and enlisted on 1st December 1939 as a Flight Mechanic/Air Rigger. He trained at No 2 RC Cardington, 7 FTS, 32 Squadron, RAF Calvelly, RAF Reading, 3 GTS, HMS Flying Fox and 1666 Heavy Conversion Unit. After qualifying as a gunner, he joined 10 Squadron on 29.9.1944

 F/O Gibbs, Sgt Ashton and F/O Parham were found in the wreckage of their Halifax, Sgt Seabridge and two other crew members bodies were found behind a Dutch farm house. Captain Candy, Padre of the 1st Canadian Paratroops performed the burial service.

 F/O Gibbs, Sergeant Ashton and F/O Parham rest in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, while Sergeant Seabridge, Sergeant Smith and F/S Chell rest in Venray War Cemetery.

 F/O P. Cook survived the crash but was seriously injured and spent the rest of the war in hospital.

 

 

 
 

Photo courtesy of Pat Hague, research by Linda Ibrom