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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. W H Want


William Hudson Want was born on 1st July 1911 in Leyton, the son of Robert Burtile Want and Annie Grace Want (nee Harrison). His father was a licensed caterer.

WH Want joined the RAFVR about March 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 1(C) OTU Silloth and was posted to 248 Squadron at North Coates on 25th June 1940.

On 3rd August his Blenheim came down in a field near Tranent, East Lothian but the crew were unhurt.

On 19th August 1940 he was in Blenheim L9457 'S' which was intercepted by Me109s of 4/JG77 off the Norwegian coast. It was shot down and Want, the pilot Sgt. JH Round and gunner Sgt. MP Digby-Worsley were all lost.

They are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Want on panel 20.



Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner.


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