AR banner
search tips advanced search

Info LogoAdd to or correct this story with a few clicks.
Archive Report: Allied Forces

Compiled from official National Archive and Service sources, contemporary press reports, personal logbooks, diaries and correspondence, reference books, other sources, and interviews.


We seek additional information and photographs. Please contact us via the AddInfo button, or send us email from the Helpdesk.
266 Squadron Crest
21.10.1940 No. 266 Squadron Spitfire X4265 P/O. Williams MiD

Operation: Transit

Date: 21st October 1940 (Monday)

Unit: No. 266 Squadron (12 Group - Rhodesia)

Type: Spitfire I

Serial: X4265

Code: UO-?

Base: RAF Wittering, Northamptonshire

Location: At airfield RAF Stradishall, Suffolk.

Pilot: P/O. ‘Wick’ Wycliff Stuart Williams MiD. NZ/42173 RNZAF Age 20. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Following an unsuccessful pursuit out on the east coast of enemy aircraft which had attacked Cambridge the pilot was forced to land short of fuel at RAF Stradishall in Suffolk at 15:50 hrs.

After refuelling he took off to return to Wittering but stalled shortly afterwards and crashed. killing the young but experienced pilot.

Burial details:

P/O. Wycliff Stuart Williams MiD. Stradishall Churchyard (St. Margaret). Born on the 28th September 1920 in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, the son of Stuart Forbes Williams and Lilian Ernestine Williams, of Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa. A total of 409 flying hours logged. Prior to service worked as a bank clerk.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Cenotaph, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

KTY - 11.09.2017

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
Click any image to enlarge it

Click to add your info via ticket on Helpdesk •Click to let us know via ticket on Helpdesk• Click to buy research books from Amazon •Click to explore the entire site

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them. - Laurence Binyon
All site material (except as noted elsewhere) is owned or managed by Aircrew Remembered and should not be used without prior permission.
© Aircrew Remembered 2012 - 2017
Last Modified: 11 September 2017, 21:43

Monitor Additions/Changes?Click to be informed of changes to this page. Create account for first monitor only, thereafter very fast. Click to close without creating monitor