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  Sergeant William Oram  
 

 

Sergeant William (Billy) Oram was serving as Wireless Operator on board Wellington MK.III X3873 coded ZL-R for a mining operation to the Frisian Islands on January 21/22, 1943. The aircraft and crew were lost without a trace, the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

The other crewmembers were:

Name Service Age Hometown
F/Lt Derrick Shead RAF - -
P/O Gordon Hoyt RCAF 25 Smith Falls, Ontario
P/O Michael Patrick RCAF - -
Sgt. John Sparling RCAF 19 London, Ontario
 

Billy in Flying Gear

 Sergeant William "Billy"  John Oram RAFVR aged 19.Son of William and Florence and brother of Fred of Woodford Green, Essex. Billy Oram was born on the 27th of May 1923, his service record shows 27th May 1922 but Billy lied about his age to enlist in the RAFVR on 21st October 1940.

 

Unidentified Class Photo (Billy in front row far left)

 

Unidentified Class Photo (Billy in front row 2nd from right)

 
  Photos courtesy of Fred Oram (brother of Billy Oram), research by Linda Ibrom.