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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. W Mason


William Mason, of York, was born on 8th March 1916, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Mason.

He joined the RAFVR about March 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training and joined 235 Squadron, operating Blenheims from Bircham Newton, on 2nd October 1940.


Above (L to R): Sgt. Mason, Sgt. RR Stretch, Sgt. WC Richards of 235 Squadron.


Above image courtesy of the family of Sgt. RR Stretch




Mason was killed on 14th February 1941, still with 235 Squadron, when flying Blenheim IV Z5970 LA-L. It flew into the ground near Great Croxton, Norfolk and caught fire on return from a night navigation exercise. It may have been damaged by enemy fire.

Sgt. NM Stanger (RNZAF) and Sgt. VC Pond were also killed.

Mason is buried in York Cemetery.





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