Williams Desmond Gordon

Desmond Gordon Williams (known as Bill) joined the RAF on a short service commission in February 1939. Williams was posted to the newly-reformed 92 Squadron at Tangmere on October 23rd 1939 at first flying Blenheims but then the Spitfire in March 1940.


In William's first action, on May 23rd over the French coast, he claimed a Me110 destroyed and two others probably destroyed. Over Dunkirk on June 2nd he destroyed a He111.


On July 10th Williams claimed a He111 probably destroyed, on the 26th a shared Ju88, on August 14th and September 11th He111’s, on the 15th another He111 and a shared Do17, on the 29th a probable Do17, on the 30th another probable Do17 and on October 4th a Ju88 damaged.

Williams was killed on October 10th 1940. He collided with Flying Officer JF Drummond during an attack on a Do17 near Tangmere. His Spitfire, X4038, crashed east of Brighton, pieces falling at Fallowfield Crescent, Hove.

Williams was 20 years old. He is buried in London Road Cemetery, Salisbury.

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