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Plea to find relatives of airman shot down in war.

Byline: Tom Houghton Reporter tom.houghton@walesonline.co.uk

A SEARCH has been launched for the family of a World War II RAF airman from South Wales killed on a bombing mission in 1941.

Sergeant Roy Penry Williams, whose last known address was in Bridgend, was a radio operator who took off from Elsham Wolds in Lincolnshire on July 24, 1941, as part of a mission to bomb the German town of Emden.

But the Wellington Bomber R1397 from 103 Squadron that Sgt Williams and five others were in was shot down by enemy fire near Boznum in the Netherlands.

The members of the crew, who were all aged between 20 and 30, were initially believed to be buried locally, with their precise resting place unknown.

But in 2011, it was confirmed that all six airmen were buried in a communal grave at Leeuwarden Cemetery in the north of the Netherlands.

The Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) is now organising a service at the cemetery in memory of each crew member.

The service will be held on September 15 and will re-dedicate two new headstones bearing their names.

All of the men's families have been located except for Sgt Williams.'.

The JCCC is now appealing for any family members of Sgt Williams to come forward so that a personal inscription can be included on his headstone.

They will also be invited to attend the service in the Netherlands.

The JCCC said Sgt Williams' last known address was in Bridgend but it said his family previously lived in the Llanllyfni area of Gwynedd.

Nicola Nash, from JCCC Commemorations Team, said: "The service in September marks the end of a great deal of analysis by the JCCC team who have been working closely with the Royal Netherlands Army.

"After 74 years, we would love to be able to trace Sgt Williams' family so an inscription can be included on the headstone and so they have the opportunity to attend the service."

| Anyone who believes |they may be related to Sgt Williams, or can assist with information in tracing his relatives, is asked to telephone the JCCC on 07768 888663.

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