Biography

Birth date: 11 February 1913
Birth place: Australia: South Australia, Adelaide
Final rank: Wing Commander
Service number: 407016 - Second World War, 1939-1945
O4401 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • No. 11 Squadron
  • No. 20 Squadron

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: No. 20 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : United States Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

P00956.015

Group portrait of participants commencing No 7 Pilots' Course at RAAF Point Cook, Victoria. Identified in the back row, from left to right: Leading Aircraftmen 407442 John Norman Muir McFarlane; 408856 Terence Desmond Madigan; 407399 Alan Wayne Archer; 407404 Maurice Arthur Blake; 408074 Noel...

P00956.015

P00956.019

Group portrait of participants at the passing out of No 7 Pilots' Course at RAAF Point Cook, Victoria. Identified in the back row, from left to right: Leading Aircraftmen 408074 Noel Sherrin Geappen (died 16 February 1942 on operations over Sumatra); 407450 Frank Kenneth Smith (died 8 August 1943...

P00956.019

P09257.001

Studio portrait of Group Captain William Keith Bolitho RAAF. Born in Adelaide on 11 February 1913, Bolitho was working as a bank clerk when he enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force on 29 April 1940. After training he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer on 3 June 1941; promoted to Flying...

P09257.001

Heraldry

Distinguished Flying Cross : Flight Lieutenant W K Bolitho, 20 Squadron RAAF

Distinguished Flying Cross. Engraved reverse with year of award.

REL41846.001

1939 - 45 Star : Wing Commander W K Bolitho, 11 Squadron RAAF

1939-45 Star. Unnamed as issued.

REL41846.002

Pacific Star : Wing Commander W K Bolitho, 11 Squadron RAAF

Pacific Star. Unnamed as issued.

REL41846.003

British War Medal 1939-45 with Mentioned in Despatches oakleaf : Wing Commander W K Bolitho, 20 Squadron RAAF

British War Medal 1939-45. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL41846.004

Australia Service Medal : Wing Commander W K Bolitho, 3 Operational Training Unit, RAAF

Australia Service Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL41846.005

General Service Medal 1918-62 with SE Asia Clasp : Wing Commander W K Bolitho, RAAF

General Service Medal 1918 - 1962 with clasp for SE Asia 1945-46. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL41846.006

United States Distinguished Flying Cross : Wing Commander W K Bolitho, 11 Squadron RAAF

United States Distinguished Flying Cross. Engraved on reverse with recipient's details & date of action.

REL41846.007

Timeline

Date of birth 1913-02-11