Kenneth Victor WILLIAMS


WILLIAMS, Kenneth Victor

Service Number: 400264
Enlisted: 21 July 1940, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 452 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Fairfield, Victoria, 16 September 1915
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Garage proprietor
Died: Accidental (mid-air training collision), Whyteleafe, England, 7 September 1941, aged 25 years
Cemetery: St Luke Churchyard, Whyteleafe, Surrey, England
Plot: Row H. Grave 33
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

21 Jul 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 400264, Melbourne, Victoria
20 Aug 1940: Transferred Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, No. 452 Squadron (RAAF)
16 Jun 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 400264, No. 457 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
7 Sep 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 400264, No. 452 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

"Kenneth V. WILLIAMS enlisted in the RAAF on the 21st July 1940 in Melbourne. He then completed his initial flying training in Australia before being shipped out to Canada and England. When he arrived in England, he learnt to fly Spitfires at 57 OTU (Operational Training Unit) before being posted to 457 Squadron as a founding member in June 1941.

Kenneth remained with the Squadron until August 1941 and then he was posted to 452 Squadron, which at that time was based at RAF Kenley, where it was part of No.11 Group RAF. 452 Squadron was the first Australian Squadron to be formed in Britain during the Second World War. 

Kenneth was killed when he crashed on the 7th September 1941. He had collided with another Spitfire, flown by 402120 Sergeant J.N. Hanigan (/explore/people/630930), when he was carrying out dummy attacks during training.

Kenneth is remembered at a war graves site at St Lukes Church, Whyteleafe, just near RAF Kenley." SOURCE (