Squadron Leader John Williams was an air ace during the Second World War.
He served in the Middle East and North Africa with the Royal Air Force. He commanded No. 450 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for three days, before he was captured in 1942 when his Kittyhawk was shot down during a strafing mission in North Africa in October 1942 and was among the Allied prisoners of war murdered by the Gestapo, following "The Great Escape", in 1944.
March 26th, 1938: acting Pilot Officer;
January 17th, 1939: Pilot Officer;
August 14th, 1939: acting Flight Lieutenant;
November 20th, 1939: acting Flying Officer;
August 17th, 1940: Flying Officer;
August 17th, 1941: Flight Lieutenant (war subs.);
October 28th, 1942: acting Squadron Leader.
March 26th, 1938: Short service commission, General Duties Branch, Royal Air Force;
October 23rd, 1938: Central Flying School;
December 23rd, 1938: No. 9 Flying Training School;
April 1st, 1939: No. 13 Flying Training School;
April 9th, 1939: No. 10 Flying Training School;
September 10th, 1940: No. 21 Service Flying Training School;
October 10th, 1940: Erection Party, Durban;
January 19th, 1942: No. 71 Operational Training Unit;
April 11th, 1942: No. 112 Squadron;
April 22nd, 1942: No. 94 Squadron;
May 12th, 1942: No. 260 Squadron;
June 14th, 1942: No. 450 (RAAF) Squadron;
October 28th, 1942: Commanding Officer, No. 450 (RAAF) Squadron;
October 31st, 1942: MIA;
November 1st, 1942: POW.
Shot down aircraft:
June 18th, 1942: Junkers Ju 87, near Gambut;
June 18th, 1942: Messerschmitt Bf 109, near Gambut;
July 5th, 1942: Junkers Ju 88, I./Lehrgeschwader 1
September 12th, 1942: Junkers Ju 87, southwest of Maghra;
September 12th, 1942: Junkers Ju 87, southwest of Maghra.
September 1st, 1942: Messerschmitt Bf 109E.
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