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Belgian historian's plea for Solihull airman

A BELGIAN researcher is appealing to the relatives and friends of a Shirley airman killed during the Second World War to come forward with information for a book he is writing.

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A BELGIAN researcher is appealing to the relatives and friends of a Shirley airman killed during the Second World War to come forward with information for a book he is writing.

Wim Govaerts from Lier in Antwerp is undertaking research into Lancaster bomber 100 Squadron, a plane from which crashed in Belgium on April 23 1944 killing three crew members.

One of the crew was 19-year-old Flying Officer Gordon Howard Williams from Solihull and Mr Govaerts is keen to hear from anyone who knew him.

Gordon was the son of Howard Ernest and Lilian Constance Williams from Shirley and is now buried at Schoonselhof Cemetery in Antwerp.

Mr Govaerts wants to uncover details about Gordon's military career, his hobbies and peacetime occupation along with any photographs.

His book, based around Manchester and Lancaster crashes in Belgium is due to be completed at the end of next year next year and will be published in English.

Mr Govaerts said: " This research stems from the respect and admiration I hold for this young man who lost his life so tragically in an effort to liberate our country."

Anyone with information about or photos of Gordon Williams can contact Wim Govaerts via e-mail at wim.govaerts@skynet.be.

Alternatively people can write to him at the following address: St Bernardusstraat 8, 2500 Lier/Belgium or telephone 0032 3488 0209.

You can also contact the Solihull Times at solihull_news@mrn.co.uk or call the newsdesk on 0121 711 5723.

 

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