Murphy, William Martin (Flying Officer, b.1919 - d.1942)

Place Europe: United Kingdom, England
Accession Number 3DRL/7733
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 6.5 cm; Wallet/s: 3
Object type Document, Letter, Photograph, Log book
Maker Murphy, William Martin
Place made Australia, Canada, United Kingdom
Date made 1940-1945
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/030/028
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the Second World War service of 404353 Flying Officer William Martin Murphy, 460 Squadron RAAF, Australia, Canada, Europe, 1940-1945.

Wallet 1 of 3 - Contains 15 letters Murphy wrote to his mother, and one to his father, between 1940 and February 1942. The letters cover his training at No 2 Flying Training School in Lindfield, New South Wales, his posting to Canada and his progress with the Empire Air Training Scheme in 1940 to 1941, his commission, flight to Scotland and further training in England in 1941, his posting to 460 Squadron RAAF, and preparations for his first operational flight as a navigator.

Wallet 2 of 3 - Consists of correspondence to, and from, Murphy's parents and sister regarding his fate. The wallet includes the telegram informing Murphy's family that he has been posted as missing following an operational flight over France, correspondence relating to the search for the crew of his Lancaster and, later, confirming Murphy's death and providing details on the circumstances of his final flight. The wallet also includes three portraits of Murphy (one in a flight suit), one of Murphy with his mother, a group portrait of Murphy with friends in uniform while training in Canada, and a photograph of Murphy's grave, as well as news clippings related to Murphy's death and of two French girls who tended to his grave.

Wallet 3 of 3 - Contains Murphy's flying log book, issued by the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. The log book documents Murphy's training in Canada and the United Kingdom, his qualifications, his service on operations over Europe with 460 Squadron RAAF from December 1941, and his final flight on the night of 29/30 May 1942, by which point he had logged over 380 hours of flight time.