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Alec Percy Stanley Wills (11 March 1911 – 7 November 1941) was an English first-class
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officer. Enlisting in the Royal Air Force from Haileybury in 1932, Wills played
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, before being posted to Malaya in the World War II, Second World War, where he was killed in a plane accident in November 1941.


Life and military career

Born at Trincomalee in British Ceylon, Wills was educated in England at Haileybury. After leaving Haileybury, Wills was commissioned into the
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as a pilot officer in January 1932, with confirmation in the rank in December 1932. He was promoted to the rank of flying officer in July 1933. Three years later, in July 1936, Wills was promoted to the rank of flight lieutenant. He played cricket for the Royal Air Force cricket team in 1936, in a minor match against the Royal Navy Cricket Club, Royal Navy at Lord's, with Wills excelling in the match with a half century and bowling figures of 6 for 71. He featured again for the Royal Air Force in a minor match against the British Army cricket team, Army, taking 5 for 60 in the Army's first-innings. He made one appearance in
first-class cricket First-class cricket is the highest-standard international or domestic matches in the sport of cricket. A first-class match is one of three or more days' scheduled duration between two sides of eleven players each and is officially adjudged to b ...
for the
Combined Services cricket team The Combined Services cricket team represents the British Armed Forces. The team played at first-class cricket, first-class level in England for more than forty years in the mid-twentieth century. Their first first-class match was against Gentle ...
against the touring New Zealand national cricket team, New Zealanders in 1937 at United Services Recreation Ground, Portsmouth. Batting once during the match, he ended the Combined Services first-innings not out, unbeaten on 3, while across both of the New Zealanders innings' he bowled a total of eight over (cricket), overs, conceding 36 runs. At the outbreak of the World War II, Second World War, he was posted to British Malaya as a pilot instructor. Wills was killed in an accident on 7 November 1941, when the de Havilland Tiger Moth, Tiger Moth he was flying was hit from behind by a landing Brewster F2A Buffalo, Buffalo of No. 243 Squadron RAF, 243 Squadron at Kallang Airport, Kallang. He was buried at Kranji War Cemetery.


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* {{DEFAULTSORT:Wills, Alec 1911 births 1941 deaths People from Trincomalee People educated at Haileybury and Imperial Service College Royal Air Force officers English cricketers Combined Services cricketers Victims of aviation accidents or incidents in 1941 Victims of aviation accidents or incidents in Singapore British military personnel killed in World War II Sri Lankan people of English descent English people of Sri Lankan descent Royal Air Force personnel of World War II Burials at Kranji War Cemetery