Williams, Douglas (No. J/15206)

Williams, Douglas

Flying Officer (Pilot)

No. J/15206, 410 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Killed in an aircraft accident on Saturday 12 June 1943 (aged 22)

Buried:

Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension) (Section AS Grave 21)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet)

Canadian Second World War Book of Remembrance

BIOGRAPHY

Douglas Williams was born on 20 March 1921 in Ontario, Canada and he was a son of Henry Ernest Williams, who was born in Plymouth, England, and Christina Williams (nee Campbell) of 390 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario.

Henry Ernest Williams and Christina Campbell were married on 5 November 1918 in Hamilton, Ontario and they had at least three children, Kenneth, Stanley, and Douglas.  Henry Ernest Williams was a soldier, and during the First World War, he served with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force.  He enlisted on 31 January 1916.

In 1940 Douglas Williams joined the Royal Canadian Air Force.  On 12 June 1943, a de Havilland Tiger Moth (X5045) aircraft of Queen’s University Air Squadron based at RAF Sydenham crashed in the grounds of the Stormont Estate close to the Massey Avenue entrance, killing the two airmen on board.  They were Flying Officer Douglas Williams from Hamilton, Ontario and his passenger, Lieutenant (A) George Leslie Werts from Middlesex.

Flying Officer Williams from 410 Squadron was on attachment to RAF Belfast (Sydenham) from 1480 Flight based at Newtownards.  In his certificate of registration of death, it was noted that he was 22 years 2 months and 23 days old when he died, and he was buried in Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension).  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

HIS MEMORY

IS AS DEAR TODAY

AS IN THE HOUR

HE PASSED AWAY

Flying Officer Douglas Williams (No. J/15206) is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet) and on Page 226 in the Canadian Second World War Book of Remembrance.