Flight Lieutenant William Ellis Newton, VC

Date of birth  1919-06-08  St Kilda, VIC. 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1940-02-05  Joined RAAF. 
Date commissioned  1940-06  Commissioned as a pilot officer. 
Other  1942-05  Newton appointed to his first operational squadron, No 22 Attack Squadron, based in Port Morseby. 
Date of honour or award  1943-03-16  Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Salamaua Isthumus, New Guinea whilst serving with No 22 Squadron, RAAF as a flight lieutenant. When leading an attack Newton flew through heavy fire and was hit repeatedly, but in spite of this he completed he continued dropping bombs from low level on buildings and fuel dumps. He managed to get his damaged aircraft back to base. Newton returned to the target two days later and bombed a single building, but this time the aircraft was shot down. Newton was forced to crash land at sea. 
Date captured  1943-03-18  Having escaped from the plane wreck Newton was captured by the troops of No 5 Special Naval Landing Force. 
Date of death  1943-03-29  Newton was executed by his Japanese captors in Salamaua.