DE VIS, Selwyn George

  1. Service Details
  2. Personal Details
  3. Unit and Rank Details
  4. Fate
  5. Commemoration
  6. Notes
  7. Sources

Service Details

Branch of Service
Air Force
World War II
Date of Enlistment
Place of Enlistment
Sydney NSW

Personal Details

Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Brisbane, Queensland
Address (at enlistment)
Coranderrk Street, Reid ACT
School(s) Attended
Ainslie Primary School, Telopea Park Intermediate High School, Canberra High School
CSIRO employee for 2 years, then laboratory technician Sydney University Anatomy Department.
Next of Kin
Son of Frederick Selwyn de Vis, clerk, and Hazel Doreen Victoria de Vis, of 62 Coranderrk Street, Reid, Canberra ACT, and later of Magill SA.
Burial Place

Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany: grave 13. F. 9.

Unit and Rank Details

Service Number
Final Rank
Pilot Officer
Final Unit
77 Squadron RAF


Died 19 March 1945 in flying battle over Germany


AWM Roll of Honour, Canberra ACT: Panel 121.
Canberra High School Memorial Tablet
St John the Baptist Anglican Church, Reid, Book of Remembrance of Canberra parishioners who died in the war of 1939-45, in recess in south wall of nave.


De Vis was a wireless operator with 77 Squadron RAF, part of Bomber Command, flying in a Halifax bomber (RF529). An investigation reported that on 19 March 1945 two planes crashed at Merklinde, about four miles west of Dortmund in Germany, in an apparent mid air collision. They were on a mission to bomb oil refineries at Witten in the Ruhr valley. It was his 38th mission.

De Vis worked for CSIR after finishing school but at the time of his call up in 1942 he was a laboratory technician at the Department of Anatomy Medical School at Sydney University. He was studying for a diploma in biological chemistry.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Debt of Honour Register. <>
Australia. Department of Veterans' Affairs. World War 2 nominal roll. <>
AWM Roll of Honour and Roll of Honour Circulars <>
Canberra High School. Roll of Honour 1939-1945. [Plaque in school]
Canberra High School. Albums compiled for student project researching names on School Roll of Honour, 1985.
Canberra High School. Unveiling of Memorial Tablet. Friday, 25th April 1947. [Programme]
Don Mountain ed. Monumental inscriptions: Australian Capital Territory, including Jervis Bay. Canberra, Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra, 2001, (p.41)
NAA RecordSearch - Series A705
ACT Electoral Roll - 1941, 1943
The Canberra Times - 2 April 1945, 13 December 1945

Create Certificate
Grave of Selwyn De Vis. NAA file Series A705.

Grave of Selwyn De Vis. NAA file Series A705.

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