21.10.1940 No. 266 Squadron Spitfire X4265 P/O. Williams MiD
Date: 21st October 1940 (Monday)
Unit: No. 266 Squadron (12 Group - Rhodesia)
Type: Spitfire I
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.
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: