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  Flight Sergeant William Percival - 35 Squadron  
 

Flight Sergeant William Percival - RAFVR

 
Flight Sergeant William Percival was serving as Flight Engineer on board Halifax Mk. III HX-324 coded TL-B during an operation to Magdeberg on January 21, 1944. They were intercepted by a night-fighter and shot down near Hannover, killing four of the crew including S/L Jagger, they are buried in the  Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

S/L John Jagger - DFC

RAFVR

Pilot

Dewarton,Midlothian

33

F/Sgt William Percival

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Openshaw,Manchester

23

P/O John Humberstone - POW

RAFVR

Navigator

-

-

F/L Thomas McGarry - POW

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

-

-

W/O Donald Smedley - POW

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

-

-

F/Sgt Nelson Rapere

RAFVR

Air Gunner

London

-

F/Sgt Eric Hie

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Liverpool

-

 Flight Sergeant William "Bill" Percival RAFVR, born on the nineteenth of April 1921 was the son of Harry and Alice Percival of Openshaw, Manchester. He married Catherine Perry and worked as an apprentice riveter with the London & North Eastern Railway Company (LNER) before joining the RAF on the thirtieth of September 1938. On joining up, he served as an aircraft fitter before re mustering as air crew on the twentieth of November 1942


 

 
  Photo courtesy of Kevin Stevens, research by Linda Ibrom.