Australia’s Only Pacific VC Winner

Bill Newton was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions flying Douglas Boston bombers. He was the only Australian airman to earn the decoration in the Pacific theatre and the only one to do so flying with an RAAF squadron.

Born in Melbourne, Australia on June 8, 1919 William Ellis ‘Bill’ Newton became a member of the Cadet Corps during his schooling and joined the Citizens Military Force in 1938, serving as a private in the machine-gun section of the Royal Melbourne Regiment.

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