Desperate search for WW2 Spitfire pilot's family
A WW2 Spitfire pilot from Putney who crashed into a village near Bath is to be remembered with a memorial and a desperate search is on to find any of his remaining relatives.
A ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 14, in a Wiltshire village, to mark the new £1,500 memorial to Harold Alfred Williams, 23, of Putney, and his fellow pilot John Brewster, from Yorkshire, who died in an accident in 1941.
The two WW2 Spitfire pilots had been conducting a series of ‘mock’ attacks with Flying Officer Brewster's aircraft acting as the enemy.
During several attack runs the wing of Pilot Officer Williams’ Spitfire came into contact with Flying Officer Brewster's aircraft while they were flying at 2,300 ft.
Pilot Officer Williams' Spitfire dived into the ground and exploded in flames.
Flying Officer Brewster continued for a few seconds before coming down and disintegrating on impact.
The Seagry Spitfire Memorial Project, carrying out the memorial program, have not been able to trace any relatives of Pilot Officer Williams’ family and are determined to contact any living relatives.
They know Pilot Officer Williams was born in London in 1918. He died on April 6, 1941, and was buried on April 11 in Stanton St Quintin. He lived in Onslow Lodge, 48, Roehampton Vale, Putney.
His father Alfred William Williams was killed one month after his son’s death on May 11, 1941 in the Blitz.
His mother Lily (or Lilian) Williams never remarried and was last known still living at Onslow Lodge, 48 Roehampton Vale, in 1965. He also had a sister called Irene Sylvia or Sylvia Irene.
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