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632181   Aircraftman Joseph McWilliams
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 14/10/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force (British Air Force)
Died: 07/10/1945 (Died by accident)
Age: 27
Joseph McWilliams was the son of Bernard and Margaret McWilliams. He was born about 1918. Aircraftman 1st Class Joseph McWilliams served with the Royal Air Force in World War Two. He died on 7th October 1945. Aircraftman Joseph McWilliams was a passenger on a Stirling aircraft which was travelling from Cairo bound for the UK. The aircraft crashed at Rennes airfield in France, killing all 26 occupants.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Rennes Eastern Communal Cemetery
  Rennes, Ille-et Vilaine, 4
Grave Ref: Sec. 18. Plot 1. Row R. Grave 27
CWGC Casualty 2846316
Rennes is a town in the Department of the Ille-et-Vilaine. Rennes Eastern Communal Cemetery is situated on the Boulevard Villebois-Mareuil, about 2 kilometres east of the railway station. From the station follow Bd. Solferino, turn right into Rue St Helier, then left into Rue De Chateaugiron, then left again along Avenue Monseigneur Mouezy, and the Communal Cemetery is just facing you. A CWGC sign is on the cemetery wall. The Commonwealth plot is near the middle of the eastern boundary of the cemetery, in section 18.
References and Links
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1 ABSA3945 Details of crash (in French) including photos
2 Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives Details of crash including photo
3 Photo of Aircraftman Joseph McWilliams' grave
4 RAF Commands - Forum Details of crash
5 RAF Commands - LJ668 Details of crew and crash
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Aircraftman Joseph McWilliams' grave can be purchased here
7 Wartime NI - Joseph McWilliams Details of Joseph McWilliams
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