Achiet-le-Petit

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Lancaster LL836 BQ-E

550 Sqn

                                       
  Date :  11 avril 1944   Mission :  Bombardement d'installation ferroviaires à Aulnoye (62)
                                       
        Décollage : 
North Killingholme à 23:25
     
        Causes du crash : 
Abattu par un chasseur de nuit
     
        Lieu du crash :  "Bois de Logeast" à Achiet le Petit (62)      
                                       
P/O William ESSAR A/G RCAF J/90741 KIA  
Sgt Thomas Henry GUEST F/Eng RAF VR 1801227 KIA  
F/O John James LOGAN Nav RAF VR 135108 KIA Distinguished Flying Cross
F/Lt Richard William PICTON Pil RAF VR 129769 KIA Distinguished Flying Cross
F/O John Foster POTTER A/B RCAF J/23136 KIA  
F/Lt William Hugh WAYCOTT A/G RAF VR 145708 KIA Distinguished Flying Medal
Sgt Kenneth Percy Charles WILLIAMS WOP A/G RAF VR 908406 KIA Distinguished Flying Medal 
                       
                                       
Distinguished Flying Medal
908406 Sergeant Kenneth Percy Charles WILLIAMS, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 550 Squadron.

One night in March, 1944, this airman was the wireless operator (air) of an aircraft which attacked Berlin. Soon after the bombs had been released the aircraft was attacked by fighters and sustained much damage. After the enemy aircraft bad been evaded it was discovered that the mid-upper and rear gunners bad been wounded. Displaying great promptitude, Sergeant Williams extricated the rear gunner from his turret. He was unconscious and his oxygen mask was damaged. Without regard for his own welfare, sergeant Williams removed his own mask and fitted it to the face of his injured comrade. He then attended to the needs of the other gunner to whom he rendered efficient first aid. But for his prompt aid it is doubtful whether his injured comrades would have survived the long flight home.· Throughout the sortie, Sergeant Williams displayed great co-operation and devotion to duty.
FOURTH SUPPLEMENT to THE LONDON GAZETTE of FRIDAY, the 28th of APRIL, 1944.