Flight Lieutenant Bob Williamson of 23 Squadron – Final update

This is a copy of the ORB from 23 Squadron for November 28, 1942.

Williamson 1942 28 November ORB

This is the final update about a comment left last week.

I contacted you about my late Mother’s first husband, Flt Lt Robert (Bob) Henry Williamson, who was killed over Cognac, France, on 23 November 1942, along with his Navigator.  23 Sqn was based at RAF Bradwell Bay and I believe Bob flew his Mosquito down to Ford Aerodrome, to re-fuel, before his fatal mission.  But what was that mission and how did it end?

The only record I have from the UK Public Record Office is that his flight “did not return”, but I hope to find out more. Does your blog cover just 1944-45, or do you have contact which go as far back as 1942, who may be able to help me?

This is the original comment made in December.

Does anyone recall Flt Lt Bob Williamson, of 23 Squadron?
 Bob was my mother’s husband and he died on active service, on a night mission from RAF Bradwell Bay, Essex, over Cognac, France, on 28 November1942, just before 23 Squadron was posted to Malta.  Bob was piloting a 23 Sqn Mosquito and was accompanied by FO (Obs) Norman Lavers, who also died.  Both men are buried in the communal cemetery in Cruin, on the outskirts of Cognac, courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. I would like to know more about their mission that night.
 My mother re-married in 1949 and I am the product of that long and happy union, though my mother could never bring herself to talk about Bob, her childhood sweetheart, to whom she had been married just a short time.
 Any snippets of information will be well received and thank you.

You can contact me using this form if you have information I don’t have.



Sid Seid – An extreme pilot

Sid Seid a Mosquito pilot with 418 Squadron

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

I had never heard about Sid before finding his name in a logbook and on the back of a picture.

Back Course 63 No. 2 S.F.T.S. Uplands

This is what you will find on Airforce.ca about Sid Seid.

Sid Seid Mosquito VI from 418 Squadron

Mosquito Fighter/Fighter-Bomber Units of World War 2 (page 58)
Martin W. Bowman

SEID, F/O Sidney Platt (J22036) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.418 Squadron – Award effective 20 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 2 January 1945 and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. American who enlisted in the RCAF. Born 28 April 1921 in Santa Rosa, California; home in San Francisco; enlisted in Vancouver, 24 October 1941 and posted to No.3 Manning Depot. To No.15 SFTS (guard), 5 December 1941. To No.2 ITS, 31 January 1942; graduated and promoted LAC, 28 March 1942 but not posted to No.2 EFTS until 9 July 1942; graduated 28 August 1942 and posted next day to No.2 SFTS; graduated and commissioned…

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