Norman Francis Williams CGM DFM* 1914 – 2007
In March, 1942, the then Sgt Williams embarked for the
In March, 1943, F/Sgt Williams posted to 35Sqn RAF, as one of the elite Pathfinder Force. One night, his aircraft was attacked by two enemy fighters. His turret was hit and badly damaged, while he suffered several bullet wounds. Despite his wounds, he directed the evading manoeuvres and shot down both aircraft. He made light of his injuries but when the aircraft landed, his turret had to be cut away before he could be extricated.
He was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal, second only to the Victoria Cross. He was commissioned in recognition of his award.
Norman Williams was an outstanding gunner and shot down another five enemy aircraft.
In April 1944, he returned to
In April 1952, he accepted a short-service commission as an air traffic controller. He was posted to 38Sqn at
F/lt Williams returned to