LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Lionel Graham WILLIAMS

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 42550 (RAF)
Born: Adelaide SA, 1920
Enlisted in the RAF: Date unavailable
Unit: No. 233 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Leuchars
Died: Air Operations (No. 233 Squadron Hudson aircraft N4374), Norway, 3 November 1940, Aged 19 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Thomas Harry and Natalie Williams, of Brook Kent. His Brother Flight Lieutenant Harry Malcolm Williams (66508) (RAFVR) also died on service
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 10, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK

At 0840 hours on 3 November 1940, Hudson N4374 took off from Leuchars in formation on an offensive patrol of the Norwegian Coast. At 1110 hours the aircraft were preparing to bomb the airfield at Lister when they were attacked by six Me110 aircraft. N4374 was shot down and the four crew members were killed.

The crew members of N4374 were:

Pilot Officer Henry Gordon Gilbert (44192) (RAF) Aged 19 Years
Sergeant James Greig (619903) (RAF) Aged 19 Years
Sergeant Henry Frank Thorndyke (747794) (RAFVR) Aged 28 Years
Pilot Officer Lionel Graham Williams (42550) (RAF) (Pilot) Aged 19 Years

References:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
McNeill R (Ross), Royal Air Force Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War, Volume 1 Aircraft and Aircrew Losses 1939-1941, Midland Publishing UK, 2003
Newton, Dennis First Impact, Banner Books, Maryborough QLD 4650, 1997

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