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Full Name
William John Finlayson
Rank Last Held
Pilot Officer (Pilot)
William John
World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
Body on Embarkation
Royal New Zealand Air Force
Last Unit Served
Royal New Zealand Air Force, 75 (NZ) Squadron, RAF
Place of Death
Date of Death
24 October 1940
Age at Death
Year of Death
Cause of Death
Killed on air operations
Memorial Name
Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom
Memorial Reference
Panel 27
Biographical Notes
William Finlayson was the son of John Herbert McWilliam Finlayson and Hilda Kathleen Finlayson (nee Benton) of Dunedin, New Zealand.
Description of Image
  • Portrait, Weekly News
  • Group, WW2, Royal New Zealand Air Force, Course 9 , 10 February 1940, front row left to right: P.K. Sigley; P Robinson; N.C. Petit; W.O.G. Krogh; back row left to right: E. Orgiase; W.D. Finlayson; H.G. Ballantyne; pilots
Further References
Martyn, E. (1998-2008). Vol. 1 p. 98
Sources Used
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch: Volplane Press.

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