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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R F Willis


Ronald Frank Willis, of Cardiff, was born on 11th January 1916, the son of Alfred Walter and Emily Julia Willis (nee Wheeler).

He was employed as a Butchers manager there when he joined the RAF in June 1940 as an Aircrafthand. He had married Mary Joan Evans in April in Cardiff.

He volunteered for aircrew duties, completed a radar course and joined 219 Squadron at Catterick in early October 1940.



He was killed on 8th February 1941 when Beaufighter R2074 crashed at Cumber Farm, Slindon, Sussex. Ten minutes before the crash the crew reported that the aircraft was full of smoke.

P/O GM Head and Sgt. T le Dong were also killed.

Willis is buried in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff.







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