In 1917, Thomas Melling Williams joined the Royal Flying Corps in England and was posted to 65 Squadron. Flying a Sopwith Camel, he was a frequent participant in ground attack sorties against the Germans, scoring nine victories in 1918. Remaining in the Royal Air Force, Williams served in Russia, earning a bar to his DFC in 1919. During World War II, he served in India and Burma. Before retiring as an Air Marshal in 1952, he was knighted and served as Inspector General of the Royal Air Force.
1901 residence was Dalton-in-Furness; birth registered in the 4th quarter of 1899 at Ulverston (the registration office for Cumbria and Lancashire).
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Thomas Melling Williams, Gen. List, attd. R.A.F.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During recent operations he destroyed three enemy aircraft and drove down two out of control. He showed great skill and courage in his attacks, and set a fine example to all.
Lieut. (T./Capt.) Thomas Melling Williams, M.C.
During recent operations this officer rendered most gallant and valuable service, proving himself to be a very capable and inspiring leader. On one occasion, observing three enemy railway trains, he dived, and in face of very heavy machine-gun fire seriously damaged one by a direct hit with a bomb. He then descended almost to the ground, and attacked the personnel escaping from the ruined train, scattering them in all directions. On returning to his aerodrome his machine was found to be riddled with bullets.
(M.C. gazetted 16th September, 1918.)