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    Default FS Lance Percy WILLIAMSON, killed 13 July 1945 in the UK

    Flight Sgt Lancelot Percy WILLIAMSON, RAF service number 621628, was the Liberator second pilot on a 159 Squadron crew flying out of Digri, West Bengal, India between late October 1944 and late January 1945. (Ops were long, some over 18 hours, so some crews at that point finished tours quickly in the dry season.) Although Lance, as he was called, had under 200 hours of operational flying when his skipper, Denis Elliott, reached the magic end-of-tour 300-hour mark on 27 January 1945, it seems that four of Denisís longtime crewmates, including Lance, also ended their 159 Squadron tours after this op.

    Denis, age 96, remembers that Lance returned to the UK. It is known that Lance died on 13 July 1945 and is buried or commemorated at Fring (All Saints) Churchyard, very close to his hometown of Sedgeford, Norfolk.

    Denis said that Lance died in a Tiger Moth accident of some sort.

    Can anyone shed light on the nature of Lanceís death? Obviously, he made it back to the UK, and he did not have to complete his tour of ops aboard Liberators of 159 Squadron in faraway India, but where was he assigned after 159 Squadron?

    This isnít important enough for me to shell out 30 quid for a heavily-expurgated copy of his RAF service record.

    Thanks,

    Matt

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    Default Re: FS Lance Percy WILLIAMSON, killed 13 July 1945 in the UK

    Hi Matt,

    Alan Clark has your answer.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...men-13-07-1945

    Entry from the No.25 EFTS ORB relating to the death of Flt Sgt Williamson:

    July 13th 1945, ďMessage received from Control Office at 16.15 hours, that an aircraft (Airspeed Oxford No.N.4597) belonging to R.A.F. Station, Seighford, Staffs had crashed at Little Eaxton, Nr Derby. Body of 621628 F/Sgt Williamson, L.P. extricated by Civilian Police, dead. Ambulance sent out from this Unit (R.A.F. Hucknall) to collect the body, and bring in.Ē
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    Dave

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    Default Re: FS Lance Percy WILLIAMSON, killed 13 July 1945 in the UK

    Thanks, Chris and Dave.

    I completely forgot to try Jagan's database! That's what it's there for - to be used.

    Good to get the fact that Lance Williamson died in an Oxford accident, not a Tiger Moth. I've been editing what will be a wonderful book on Denis Elliott's fascinating life, and to tweak this simple fact has great value to me.

    Cheers,

    Matt

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