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    hello,

    I'm trying to find the details of the George Medal awarded to Graham George Williams. I couldn't find it in the London Gazette online. He was commissioned with effect from 1st October 1942, the G.M. is clearly added after his name. His NCO service number was 949358, his officer number became 136044, as per the Supplement to the London Gazette, 19 January 1943.

    He was promoted to Flying Officer with effect from 1st April 1943, supplement to the LG of 21 May 1943.

    Unfortunately, he was killed in action during the night 16/17th April 1943, during the raid against Plzen. He was the only man from his crew to lose his life, aboard Halifax II HR663 DY-T from No. 102 Squadron. I have the details from Chorley's BCL.

    Any pointers for the George Medal award(s) welcome.

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    Joss

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    Hi Joss, here's the citation:

    http://www.rafweb.org/GM_Holders2.htm

    Scroll down to LAC George Williams.

    Cheers, Tom

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    Hello Joss,

    George Medal - List of Award Winners.

    Name and rank/position: BLAND, A.C.1. Kenneth 1122529
    Organisation: 616 Sqn., R.A.F.
    Action: Saving aircraft after explosion and fire.
    Place: Westhampnett airfield, Sussex.
    Date of Incident: 20 June, 1941.
    L.G. page and date: 6 Jan. 1942, p.121

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    Name and rank/position: WILLIAMS, L.A.C. Graham George. 949358
    Organisation: 616 Sqn., R.A.F.
    Action: Saving aircraft after expolsion and fire.
    Place: Westhampnett airfield, Sussex.
    Date of Incident: 20 June, 1941.
    L.G. page and date: 6 Jan. 1942, p.121.

    See:
    Dragons Can Be Defeated:A Complete Record of the George Medal's Progress from 1940 to 1983.
    Henderson,D.V., G.M. Major (Ret'd)
    n.p.: Spink & Son,1984.
    pp.20 & 96

    Col.
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    hello,

    Thanks Tom and Col, for the detailed answer and pointers for subsequent questions that might arise re GM holders.

    Cheers

    Joss

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    Hello

    I'm resurrecting this old thread to inform you that this afternoon, a bronze plaque for Graham George WILLIAMS, GM, was unveiled on the wall of Eppe-Sauvage cemetery, in northern France, near the Belgian border.

    It is the village where he lost his life during the night 16/17 April 1943, returning from the Plzen raid. According to local information he was initially buried in the village, but moved to Maubeuge cemetery after the war.

    Incidentally, two nights before, another Bomber Command machine crashed in the same village. It was Lancaster I W4951 of No. 101 Squadron, whose Navigator F/O Henry Eifion CLEMENTS was a childhood friend of WILLIAMS ! Both came from Swansea. There were no survivors from W4951 and they were buried in Maubeuge Centre Cemetery. So there are buried in the same row, a few graves apart from each other.

    Joss

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    I found out this morning that Graham George WILLIAMS GM bailed out at 7,000 feet from an aircraft that was returning from Germany at night.

    This would have been prior to his death 16/17 April 1943 and I assume with 102 Sqn

    Any idea of the incident involved ??


    Thanks

    Paul

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    Hello,

    30 Nov-1 Dec 1941
    No.102 Sqn.
    Whitley V Z9281:DY-
    Op: Hamburg.

    T/o 1640 Dalton. Abandoned after running out of fuel and straying W of track. The Whitley came down at Springholm, 11 miles WSW of Dumfries, Scotland.

    Sgt E P Pike
    Sgt J B Robinson
    Sgt G H Marks
    Sgt D C Grieve
    Sgt G Williams

    BCL2/188

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    Col

    Thanks for that

    Kind Regards

    Paul

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    He was slightly injured in the crash of 102 Sqn Whitley Z6755 on 19th October 1941 near Topcliffe. Source AIR81/9693

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