Saturday, 25 April 2015

Stott, William Gordon - Sergeant/Pilot

Sgt/Pilot Wm Gordon Stott
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13 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died 4 December 1942
Age 21

Sergeant/Pilot William Stott was the pilot of a Blenheim bomber which took part in an attack on a German fighter airfield near Chougui, Tunisia. On reaching the target, however, and starting the attack, the squadron was intercepted by an overwhelming force of German fighters. One by one the Blenheims were shot down until the last one went down in flames. All the crew of William's plane were killed. He was at first reported missing, because his body could not be found, and it was not until November 1944 that his death was confirmed.

William was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Stott. He was aged 21. He attended Haslingden Central Council School and Bury Junior Technical School. He was a member of St.Peter's Church, Laneside, and was active in the Sunday School and the choir. He worked for an accountant in Manchester until he joined the R.A.F.V.R. in January 1941. Fifteen months later he became a Sergeant/Pilot.

William is buried in Beja War Cemetery, Tunisia.The cemetery contains 396 Commonwealth war graves. William lies in a joint grave in Plot 2, Row B, Grave 11.