Sergeant Mervyn Williams - 61 Squadron  
   

Sergeant Mervyn Stephen Williams   - RAFVR

 

 Sergeant Mervyn Williams was serving as Bomb Aimer on board Lancaster Mk.I DV344 coded QR-V for an operation to Berlin on January 1/2 1944. The aircraft departed Skellingthorpe at 0001hrs but was crashed near Wiesenhagen with the loss of all crew members.

The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade Hometown  Age
F/O Ronald Cunningham  RAFVR Pilot - -
Sgt Arthur Gleadle  RAFVR Flight Engineer Hobson,Co.Durham 21
F/O John Storey  RAFVR Navigator Alnwick,Northumberland 22
Sgt Robert Barbour  RAFVR W/Op/AG Halfway, Lanarkshire 21
Sgt Edward Lunniss  RAFVR Air Gunner Little Gransden,Cambs. 21
F/Sgt William Butler  RAAF Air Gunner Coogee,N.S.W. 20
Sgt Mervyn Williams RAFVR Bomb Aimer Pengam,Monmouthshire 22

 Sergeant Mervyn Stephen Williams RAFVR was born on the 9th April 1921 was the son of John Abraham & Jesiah Anne Williams  and brother of Daniel, Sophia, Matthew, Mary, Tommy, John, Idris ,Albert and Gwyneth of Pengam, Monmouthshire. He came from a mining family and his father was a mining colliery official. He was a shy young man that was cherished by his family.

On January 4th  Sgt Lunniss was laid to rest at Wiesenhagen and Sergeants Gleadle & Barbour were buried the following day at Kliestow.The crew were later to be re interred and buried with their fellow crew in the Berlin war cemetery.

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Mervyn and friend

 

 

Photos courtesy of Mervyn Williams & Lynn Cairns , research by Linda Ibrom