Studio portrait of 250748 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) William Ellis Newton VC. Flt Lt Newton was ...

Place Oceania: New Guinea, Mubo Salamaua Area, Salamaua
Accession Number P02134.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Date made c1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait of 250748 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) William Ellis Newton VC. Flt Lt Newton was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his extraordinary courage during ten months of operational flying in Boston bomber aircraft with No. 22 Squadron RAAF. He was particularly cited for his actions on 16 March 1943 involving repeated raids on Salamaua, New Guinea. During these raids, Flt Lt Newton was shot down over the Salamaua Isthmus on 18 March 1943, and was later executed (beheaded) by the Japanese at Salamaua on 29 March 1943. (Original print held in AWM Archive Store) (Donor A. Ronfeldt)