WILLIAMS JR
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Williams, JOHN

Aircraft Information
Aircraft Halifax
Serial Number JD361
Markings AL-Y
Memorial information
Burial/Memorial Country United Kingdom
Burial/Memorial Place Runnymede Memorial
Grave Reference Panel 170.
Fellow Servicemen
HAMILTON DG (WO2)
HAMPTON WE (F/O)
HINGSTON FWB (P/O)
HOOPER GR (Sgt)
LOCHHEAD JC (F/S)
IBCC Memorial Information
Phase 2
Panel Number 265
Enlistment information
Service Number 1029717
Service Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Group 6
Squadron 429 (Bison)
Trade WOp/AG
Country of origin if different
Last Operation information
Start Date 03-Dec-1943
End Date 04-Dec-1943
Takeoff Station Leeming
Day/Night raid Night
Operation Leipzig. 527 aircraft. By way of a diversion, the main force took a direct route toward Berlin and then turned off for Leipzig, by which time German fighters were already amongst them and scoring successes. Fortunately many were called back to Berlin once the Mosquito diversionary raid began. as a result only three bombers were thought to have been Lost in the target area. Some aircraft flew off course and ended up in the heavily defended Frankfurt area and most of the losses sustained this night were amongst them. PFF marking was accurate and the resultant bombing was effective. The former World Fair exhibition buildings were hit, some of which had been converted into a Junkers aircraft factory.
Reason for Loss Crashed at Wittenmoor, SW of Stendal, Germany