Martin, Second Lieutenant William Stanley

No 4 Sqn AFC

William Martin came from Geelong, Victoria, where he was born on 5 August 1893. He was a Motor Mechanic when he enlisted in the AIF as a Driver in the Army Service Corps at Ascot Vale on 23 July 1915. He served in several Depot Battalions before being transferred to the 10th Field Ambulance in June 1916, and went to France with that unit in November after leaving Melbourne on HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June. After December he served with the 3rd Division Supply Column before returning to the 10 th Field Ambulance; his service record, and its applicable pay rates, is
extremely complex, and was the subject of an investigation by AIF Headquarters to ensure that all was eventually sorted out to the satisfaction of the bureaucracy of the day. He transferred to the AFC in May 1917 and was commissioned in October after pilot training. After final training, and a short period of illness, he was posted to No 4 Sqn on the Western Front on 9 May 1918.

On 18 May, when flying Sopwith Camel D6608, he was credited with a Fokker Dr.I ‘Out of Control’ near Bailleul at 10.35.

He was killed in action near Meteren on 12 June 1918 while flying Camel B5646. After leaving on an Offensive Patrol at 10.40, he attacked a Kite Balloon at 11.40, and then left another Balloon smoking after attacking it together with Capt E J K McCloughry in D1961 at 11.50. He then shot down a Scout near Meteren at 12.00 before being shot down in No Mans’ Land near Meteren at 12.05 by an opponent flying a Pfalz D.III. Ltn Raven, Freiherr von Barnekow of Jasta 30 claimed a Camel near Meteren; it was the second of his eventual 11 victories.

2Lt W S Martin is buried in Grave II D 34 at Ebblinghem Military Cemetery, France.

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