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Surname GILMOUR   Initials W   First Name WILLIAM  
Decorations DFC  
Rank Flight Leutenant   Unit RAF   Service No. 42214  
Age 21  Deceased 29/08/1942  Previous Squadron  
Comments Shown in ORB as J. Gilmour (presumably Jack?)  
Address Enfield, Middlesex  
Cemetery HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERYLeuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium  
Grave Location Coll. grave 6. C. 20-23.  
Additional Info Son of Jack and Margaret Gilmour; husband of Margaret Gilmour, of Enfield, Middlesex.  
War Graves Link 2777491  Grave Photo ** YES ** Cemetery Photo ** YES **
Award Date Citation / Reference Squadron
DFC  18/09/1942  Flight Lieutenant William GILMOUR (42214), No. 156 Squadron.

One night, in August 1942, this officer was captain of the leading aircraft of a bomber force detailed to attack an objective at Kassel. Despite heavy anti-aircraft fire, Flight Lieutenant Gilmour eventually identified. his correct target over which he released his flares with such accuracy that all following aircraft were enabled to bomb their objective successfully. Although his aircraft was badly damaged Flight Lieutenant Gilmour flew it back to base.

By his tenacity and skill, this officer, contributed much to the success achieved. He has participated in numerous sorties and has invariably displayed high qualities of leadership and determination. 
Source Date Comments
ORB  27/08/1942  Very fine show by F/L GILMOUR in marking target 
ORB  29/08/1942  Three returned early and one (F/LT GILMOUR, F/LT SPENCER and crew) failed to return. 
ORB  4/09/1942  F/LT GILMOUR awarded immediate D.F.C. for operations on 27 August 1942. 
LG 35712  18/09/1942  DFC Commendation