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  Sergeant Leonard Williams  - 35 Squadron  
 

Sergeant Leonard Williams - RAFVR

 
Sergeant Leonard Williams was serving as Flight Engineer on board Lancaster Mk. III PB366 coded TL-S during an operation to Cologne  on  December 24/25, 1944. The aircraft took off from Graveley, Cambridgeshire at 1535hrs but lost height almost immediately and crashed into some trees near Paxton, not far from the airfield. All of the men aboard, including Sergeant Williams, were killed instantly.

The crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/O Arthur Kenyon

RAFVR

Pilot

Prestwich, Lancashire

23

Sgt Leonard Williams

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Staveley, Derbyshire

23

Sgt Albert Thomas

RAFVR

Navigator

Llangiwg, S.Wales

-

F/Sgt Alec Cousins

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

Maidenhead, Berkshire

21

F/Sgt Cecil Blundell

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Shirley, Southampton

20

Sgt Cyril Winter

RAFVR

M/U Gunner

Harlington,Hayes, Middlesex

-

Sgt Roy Yallop

RAFVR

Rear Gunner

Ipswich

-

 

Undated photo of Lancaster PB366 in flight

 

 Sergeant Leonard Williams RAFVR was born on the 30th of March 1921, the son of George and Jane Williams and brother of Edwin, Mary and George of 30,Hartington Cottages, Staveley, Derbyshire. Sgt Williams rests in Staveley cemetery, while the other crew members rest in cemeteries and churchyards of their home towns.

 
  Photos courtesy of Alan Stockley and Bob Fulford, research by Linda Ibrom.