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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. W Nixon


William Nixon was born on 5th June 1921, the son of William and Lily Nixon of Darnall, Sheffield.

He was employed as a Warehouse Clerk when he joined the RAF in June 1940, training as a Radar Operator.

Nixon was posted to 23 Squadron, flying Blenheims from Middle Wallop, on 24th September 1940 and flew his first operational sortie on the 28th.

In May 1943 he was commissioned but was killed on 30th August 1944 while serving as a Flying Officer with 103 Squadron, operating Lancasters from Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire.

Lancaster LM116 PM-D was on a sortie to Stettin when it was shot down by a nightfighter, coming down near Karup, Denmark. All the crew were killed and buried onsite by the Germans but were recovered and reinterred in Kiel War Cemetery, Germany in 1949.

Nixon was 23.

Other crew:

Sgt WC Sadler
F/O CB Whitmore
Sgt. T Barton
F/Sgt. T Adcock RAAF
Sgt. NG McSporran
Sgt. SW Allen




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