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Fletcher, William

Date of death:
February 14th, 1943
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Cemetery Jonkerbos
Plot: 12. Row: E. Grave: 2 - 5.
Service number:
580199 (NCO)/44063
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


Squadron Leader, Royal Air Force, 158 Sqdn.

12 June, 1940: Pilot Officer on Probation
12 June, 1941: Flying Officer (war sub)
12 June, 1942: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)

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Second World War (1939-1945)
No. 37 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
July 9th, 1940
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Squadron Leader
No. 158 Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
January 12th, 1943
In December, 1942, Squadron Leader Fletcher and Sergeants Lewis and Kay were captain, flight engineer and navigator of a heavy bomber detailed to attack Turin.
While over the target area one of the starboard engines failed. Shortly after the bombs had been released all blind flying instruments failed and the aircraft stalled and fell into a spin Squadron Leader Fletcher skilfully regained control, but it was found impossible to climb over the Alps. Despite bad weather and poor visibility Sergeant Kay navigated the aircraft on another course round the Alps. Sergeant Lewis's cool and skilful manipulation of the petrol consumption completed the team work which resulted in the safe return, of the aircraft, after flying some 900 miles with 1 of its engines disabled. These members of aircraft crew set a grand example of grim determination to triumph over tremendous difficulties."
Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)