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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


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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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