Collection relating to 415222 Ralph Trenham Bilsby RAAF

Accession Number AWM2020.626.3.2
Collection type Photograph
Object type Print
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Studio portrait of 415222 Flight Sergeant Ralph Trenham Bilsby RAAF. Bilsby, of Collie, WA, and a garage mechanic and coal miner before his enlistment in August 1941, he trained as a pilot as part of the Empire Air Training Scheme, and was posted to No. 142 Squadron RAF flying Wellington bombers in Tunisia. He was with the squadron for less than a month before he was killed during an operational sortie over Italy on 22 July 1943, aged 21.