David Llewellyn Williams

Memorial: Hanham Methodist Church

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Medals: 1939–45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Pilot Officer (Service No. 106848) Formerly No. 1380823

Parents: William and Sarah Williams

Marital status: Married

Home address: 1 Cae Perllan Road, Newport

Pre-war occupation: School Master

Date of birth: 18/02/1912

Date of death: 28/01/1942

Buried/Commemorated at: No Known Grave – Commemorated Runnymeade Memorial, Surrey

Age: 29

Further information:

David served with No. 78 Squadron RAF. The squadron record book on 28/01/1942 states “This aircraft left base at 1720 hours. Nothing further was heard until a message was received from Middleton-St-George that the aircraft was shot down by a Naval Trawler off Harwich at 1905 Hours. The crew were all killed. Two bodies were recovered” Their aircraft was an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V bomber No. Z.9305. It had a crew of 5.

David joined the RAFVR in August 1940. He was commissioned as a Pilot Officer on 13/09/1941.

David married Josephine Alice Inns), 3rd Quarter 1941 – Newport, South Wales. The address of 1 Cae Perllan Road was recorded on the probate records with the sole beneficiary being his wife Josephine. She was living with her parents in Newport on the 1939 Register. She was a commercial clerk, but two of her sisters were schoolteachers.

David was living in Hanham (No.21 Highfield Avenue). He was probably a lodger and records his occupation as Certified assistant Schoolmaster. The remarks also mention he was an ARP Warden.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Findmypast, The National archives, Volunteer Researcher John Davis.