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    Default 260 Squadron 31/10/44 Mustang Loss

    I am trying to find out more about Ronald Stuart Williams who served with
    260 Squadron from late 42 until early 44 (being award the DFM in early 44),
    and served again with the same unit from October 44.

    On the 31st October 1944 his log book states he was flying Mustang Y (on his 139th
    operational sortie) which was a bomber escort (with 2x500Lb bombs). He states:
    Bomber Escort. Uneventful. Hit by 20mm straffing. Crashed on landing.

    I was wondering if anybody might be able to tell me the serial number for the Mustang
    he was flying.

    Any other information or help would be great.

    Johnnie

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    Default 260 Squadron 31/10/44 Mustang Loss

    Hi Johnnie

    W/Off R Williams is recorded as flying FB276 on this mission.

    Steve

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    Thanks for that. Is that from the ORB? If so, does it say any more
    about the operation?

    I was also wondering if anybody might have any further details about
    his first four operations. His citation for the DFM states he was shot
    up three times in his first four sorties. His log book states:

    11/11/42 Warhawk N Dive Bombed Gambut Drome
    Shot up by 109. Pooped but no results. Landed at Mersa. A/C U/S

    15/11/42 Warhawk E Recce of Benghazi area
    Recce of Derna and Dromes in Benghazi area

    17/11/42 Warhawk R Patrol Benghazi
    Operated from Gazala. Straffed house and road south of Benghazi
    (later that day Gazala to Bou Amud force landed due to Glycol Leak)

    11/12/42 Warhawk P Scramble
    1 109 attacked but no results. Got one bullet through port wing.

    Any information about the aircraft he was flying or the sorties would be great.
    Also for the end of November it looks as though he has had a note stuck in the book
    for bad flying or something. This has been pulled out at some point (not sure by who)
    but the following remains:
    "...........................yhawk aircraft
    R.112? in such a way as to collaspe the
    undercarriage and seriously damage the
    aircraft. This accident was due to
    carelessness"

    I am not sure if he has been found guilty and then removed the note, or if
    they have re-investigated and found that it wasn't his fault and removed the
    note.

    Any help would be great.

    Johnnie

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    Default 260 Squadron 31/10/44 Mustang Loss

    The operation was flown by 12 Mustangs 8 of which were armed with 2x500lb bombs and they were also flying as escort to 22 Baltimores. Four of the Mustangs escorted the Baltimores back to base after they bombed. The combined force were to attack MT and tanks in the Lonigo area. W/O Williams a/c was holed by 20mm fire from Porto Maggiore; Cat I damage. There is no mention of a crash landing.

    I have sent you a PM.

    Steve

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    Thanks very much for the reply and information. I've sent you a PM.

    Johnnie

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