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    Hi all,

    can anybody help me with nationality and service number of this officer - pilot:
    WILLIAMS William Maurice Chalk F/O which I believed my be member of RNZAF...

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel
    Look at http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2920631 which gives his details and the fact that his parents and wife were of Wanganui, N Zealand.
    There is more detail on http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/general/RecordDetail.aspx?dataset=Cenotaph&SearchID=125503 2&Ordinal=78&OriginalID=31893, but I suggest that the final thing would be contact with Errol Martyn whose records seem,when quoted, to be very detailed and as this man is clearly a New Zealander he should have him listed.
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    Dick

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    Many thanks Dick!
    It is really new info for me - I had no idea that he was killed.

    Pavel
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    Pavel,

    From Vol Two of my 'For You Tomorrow':

    Thu 15 Jul 1943
    NEW ZEALAND
    Night flying test
    1 Operational Training Unit, RNZAF (Ohakea)
    Hudson VI NZ2093 - took off normally at 1720 but immediately touched down heavily, rose again but struck the airfield fence, striking the ground 200 yards beyond before crashing in a wood, where it caught fire and burned out. The pilot is buried at Wanganui and his two passengers at Auckland. It was thought that the Hudson had been inadvertently trimmed in a nose down configuration.
    Captain: NZ1057 Sqn Ldr Wilfred Maurice Chalk WILLIAMS, DFC mid, RNZAF - Age 30. 1480hrs solo (20 on Hudson) At least 32 ops.
    (Radio Mechanic): NZ416871 LAC Harold Joseph BEALE, RNZAF - Age 34.
    (Radio Mechanic): NZ414770 Cpl Wilfred Nixon GIBBONS, RNZAF - Age 22.
    Williams’ total number of ops is unknown, but he had undertaken at least 32 during 1940 while serving with Bomber Command’s 75 (NZ) Sqn and 311 (Czechoslovak) Sqn, RAF.
    Beale and Gibbons may have been on the strength of the Ohakea Station Workshops rather than the OTU. One of them is likely to have been on board the Hudson to assist the pilot, by raising the undercarriage for example.

    And Amendment from Vol Three:

    p120; WILLIAMS, W M C, etc – Williams was CO of the OTU and had flown about 1730hrs in total. His funeral took place at 1400 on the 18th at Wanganui Collegiate Chapel. AC1 L W H Scott’s valiant but vain attempt to rescue one of the crew resulted in an Air Board Commendation and his reclassification from AC1 to LAC.

    And bio from Vol Three:

    WILLIAMS, Squadron Leader Wilfred Maurice Chalk, DFC, mid.
    NZ1057 (No? in RAF) b Napier 31 Aug 12; Wanganui Collegiate; clerk - Kempthorne Prosser & Co, [Wanganui?]. Emb for UK c.mid-35; RAF Wittering/11FTS as Pilot u/t Mar 36 [or earlier at an E&RFTS?], [postings wanting], Pilots Badge & Sgt Aug 36, 9 Sqn (Heyford, Wellington), t/frd to RNZAF & NZ Sqn [redesignated 75(NZ)Sqn RAF 8.4.40 & its RNZAF personnel att RAF] (Wellington - 29 ops) 5 Jul 39, SSComm 17 Jul 39, 311 (Czechoslovak) Sqn (Wellington - ops?) 30 Aug 40, 218 Sqn (Wellington - ops?) 7 Oct 41 [att 1505BATF (Wellington) c.7-13 Dec], 1521BATF (Oxford) 23 Jan [17 Mar?] 42, emb for NZ 23 Mar 42, arr & ctba 13 Jun 42, NGHQ as Ops Room Controller 29 Jun 42, 1OTU (Hudson) as CO 24 Apr 43, kaa 15 Jul 43. Wanganui (Aramoho) Cemetery - D.1.50. Son of Rev Canon Wilfred Gaster Williams & Madeline Williams, Wanganui; h of Kathleen Penelope Williams (née Barnes) & f of 1s, Feilding. [OHT1, BSD & phot. TWN 4.12.40 & 4.8.43].

    So originally a member of the RAF but had transferred to the RNZAF prior to 311 Sqn service, but no service number for most his 311 Sqn time as numbers were not allotted to RNZAF officers until September 1941.

    Errol

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    Hi Errol,

    many thanks for additional info - much appreciated!
    Anyway I will use his NZ service number to identify him.
    About his service with 311 Sq - he was serving there as a pilot instructor and Training Flight CO and I found no record about any sortie flown with 311 Sq (checked in the ORB).

    Pavel
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    Pavel,

    Thanks kindly for checking the 311 Sqn ORB for me.

    Errol

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    Hi Errol,

    no problem, I am glad I can repay - at least a little - for your long term help:-)

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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