LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Frederick Owen WILLIAMS

Service No: 422749
Born: Rockdale NSW, 20 January 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 May 1942
Unit: No. 455 Squadron, RAF Langham, Norfolk
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 455 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft NE200), North Sea, 8 June 1944, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick Carson Williams and Doris Williams, of Sans Souci, New South Wales, Australia; husband of Yvonne Mollie Williams, of Sans Souci.
Roll of Honour: Rockdale NSW
Remembered: Panel 258, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 106, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Beaufighter NE200 took off from RAF Langham at 1310 hours on 8 June 1944 to carry out a ship reconnaissance off the Dutch coast north of Terschelling eastwards to Heligoland. It accompanied Aircraft ‘L’ on the mission.

After take off NE200 flew on the port side of ‘L’. At 1357 in the vicinity of the Frisian Islands, ‘L’ received a VHF message from ‘A’ “engine trouble Smithy”. Flying Officer Neil Reginald Smith (409954) in ‘L’ called up to ask how serious the trouble was but received no reply. At 1400 hours NE 200 was seen to make a diving turn into the sea from a height of 50 feet. The aircraft sank immediately. ‘L’ circled the spot for 10 minutes but no survivors were seen.

No trace of the missing aircraft or crew – Flight Sergeant William Alexander Roach (415828) (Navigator Wireless Operator) and Flying Officer Frederick Owen Williams (422749) (Pilot) – was found.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/43/710

Bibliography:

Gordon, I. (Ian) Strike and Strike Again: 455 Squadron 1944-5, Banner Books Belconnen ACT 2616, 1995
Lawson, John Horwood Wightman (251634) The Story of No. 455 Squadron (RAAF), Wilke and Company, Melbourne VIC, 1951