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Air Force, Second World War (1939-45)Flight Sergeant George H Williamson RAAF,

They carried canisters and packages (but no Agents this night) for delivery by parachute onto the secret, tiny Drop Zone (DZ) of an eagerly awaiting Belgian Resistance Force.
John Williamson

414741 Flight Sergeant George H Williamson RAAF, the pilot of Halifax bomber LL356 NF-U of the secret No. 138 (Special Duties) Squadron RAF, took off with his 6 man crew on Operation (Op.) OSRIC 59, at 2310hrs, 27/28 April 1944. They carried canisters and packages (but no Agents this night) for delivery by parachute onto the secret, tiny Drop Zone (DZ) of an eagerly awaiting Belgian Resistance Force.

 

Taking a northern route via Holland, they were hit by accurate Flak over Eindhoven, en route to the DZ. Damage was severe. Aborting the Op. they tried to fly back to England but the aircraft ditched into the North Sea. The aircraft and 6 of the crew’s bodies were never recovered. Their honoured names are inscribed on the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede, England. On 16 June 1944 the body of Flt/Sgt Williamson was located by the Germans on North Beach of Terschelling Island, Netherlands. He lies there today in a Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery.

John Williamson, Cousin

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