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Name: Thomas Melling "Tommy" Williams
Military Cross (MC)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Thomas Williams
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 65
Victories: 9
Born: 27 September 1899
Place of Birth: Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire
Died: 10 June 1956
Place of Death: Ashford, Kent, England
 
 
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.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
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.)
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 29 Jan 1918 1257 65 Sopwith Camel (B9166) Albatros D.V (OOC) SW of Roulers
2 01 Apr 1918 1625 65 Sopwith Camel (D1817) Albatros D.V (OOC) Froissy
3 23 Apr 1918 1835 65 Sopwith Camel (D1817) Albatros D.V (DES) Morlancourt
4 02 May 1918 1155 65 Sopwith Camel (D1817) C (DESF) Villers-Brettoneaux
5 10 May 1918 1930 65 Sopwith Camel Albatros D.V (DES) 1 N of Villers-Brettoneaux
6 18 May 1918 1030 65 Sopwith Camel (D1817) C (DES) W of Wiencourt
7 28 May 1918 0955 65 Sopwith Camel (B7347) Pfalz D.III (OOC) Bois de Tailleux
8 03 Jul 1918 1918 65 Sopwith Camel (D1817) Pfalz D.III (DESF) 2 Aubercourt
9 01 Aug 1918 0830 65 Sopwith Camel (D1817) C (OOC) 3 N of Entineham

1 Shared with Capt John Gilmour, Lt H J Spreadbury, 2Lt Maurice Newnham, 2Lt H E Browne, Lt W F Scott-Kerr
2 Shared with Lt D M John (D1878)
3 Shared with 2Lt F Niseroi (E1415)
 
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