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Williams, Ernest Leslie

    Date of birth:
    June 24th, 1910 (Portsmouth district/Hampshire, Great Britain)
    Nationality:
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)

    Biography

    Servicenumber 44375/366233.

    Promotions:
    ? : Flight Sergeant;
    10th June 1940: Pilot Officer on probation (seniority 30th May 1940);
    10th June 1941: Pilot Officer (seniority 30th May 1940);
    10th June 1941: Flying Officer (War subs., seniority 30th May 1941);
    1st June 1942: Temporary Flight Lieutenant;
    6th June 1943: Flight Lieutenant (War subs.);
    1st January 1946: Temporary Squadron Leader;
    1st November 1947: Flight Lieutenant (seniority 1st March 1945).

    Career:
    10th June 1940: commission into the RAF;
    9th January 1948: retitred at own request, retaining the rank of Squadron Leader.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Acting Flight Lieutenant
    Awarded on:
    June 8th, 1942
    Citation:
    "One night in March, 1942, two aircraft, carrying bombs, collided on an aerodrome in Malta and burst into flames. Acting Squadron Leader Robert Hill (MB, ChB, RAFVR), the station medical officer, Flight Lieutenant Williams and Leading Aircraftmen Cyril John Boarman and Hyman Sumray immediately proceeded to the scene. Shortly afterwards the bombs began to explode and enemy aircraft began to bomb the area. Despite the great danger, Squadron Leader Hill, assisted by Flight Lieutenant Williams and the two airmen, successfully extricated four members of the crews from the wreckage. The prompt and gallant action of these officers and airmen undoubtedly saved the four lives. Squadron Leader Hill has invariably performed exemplary work in dealing with casualties during heavy bombing raids and both he and Flight Lieutenant Williams have set a magnificent example which has done much to maintain a high standard of morale on the station. The bravery shown by Leading Aircraftmen Boarman and Sumray has been an inspiration to others."

    Published in The London Gazette, dated June 8th, 1942.
    George Medal

    Sources

    • - Service Record
      - The London Gazette of 3rd September 1940, Issue 34937
      - The London Gazette of 22nd August 1941, Issue 35254
      - Supplement to The London Gazette of 5th June 1942, Issue 35585, dated 8th June 1942
      - The London Gazette of 10th June 1942, Issue 35628
      - Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 27th July 1943, Issue 36113, dated 30th July 1943
      - Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 21st November 1947, Issue 38131 dated25th November 1947
      - Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 30th January 1948, Issue 38194, dated3rd February 1948

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