601 Squadron (County of London, Auxiliary Air Force)



Doc Williams Photos

Please note that the family of John Hugh "Doc" Williams has kindly granted us permission to upload his personal photographs onto this site.

F/Lt John Hugh "Doc" Williams was 601 Squadron's Medical Officer from 1934 to December 1940. We were honoured and privileged to be contacted by his son who combed his attic for photographs of his father's service.  Below is what he provided so far, and it is truly a remarkable group of photographs.  The photos below with a reddish hue are scans of negatives; I hope to improve these in the future.  I will proper captions to those not having one in due course.

 



F/Lt John Hugh "Doc" Williams
Medical Officer to 601 Squadron 1934 -December 1940



F/Lt John Hugh "Doc" Williams



601 Squadron
Lympne 1935



601 Squadron
Hawker Harts (c.1935)



601 Squadron
Hawker Harts (c.1935)



601 Squadron
Hawker Harts (c.1935)



Photo taken by Doc of a Hawker Demon at Hendon.
Plane is K4503 and may be of 604 Squadron



Photo taken by Doc of a Hawker Demon at Hendon.
Plane is K4503 and may be of 604 Squadron




Crashed K4503




Photo taken by Doc of a crashed Hawker Demon.
K5724 crashed and caught on fire at Hendon while taking off on February 11th 1938.
The pilot, P/O A.M. Crawley was pulled from the aircraft by the passenger P/O G.R. Branch.
This act of bravery awarded P/O Branch the E.G.M.



Photo taken by Doc of a crashed Hawker Demon.
K5724 crashed and caught on fire at Hendon while taking off on February 11th 1938.
The pilot, P/O A.M. Crawley was pulled from the aircraft by the passenger P/O G.R. Branch.
This act of bravery awarded P/O Branch the E.G.M.



Photo taken by Doc of a crashed Hawker Demon (K5724).
In the background is a De Havilland DH90a Dragonfly (G-AEDT) with a 'Flying Sword' on its tail.



De Havilland DH90a Dragonfly (G-AEDT) today.
Note 601 Squadron crest on tail.
 


Gloster Gladiator of 601 at Shorham (1938)
Note: 87 Squadron markings on fusalage (Green wavey line and black straight line).
87 Squadron operated Gladiators till July 1938. There is no record of 601 squadron in the ORB ever having Gloster Gladiators, however there is a flying sword on the tail of K7974. K7974 ended up with 112 Squadron in June 1939. On August 1st 1940 P/O Green was scrambled from Gedaref (Sudan) to attack an Italian Caproni Ca. 133 that was on a reconnaissance mission. P/O Green shot down the E/A after 50 minutes of combat and 1700 rounds of ammunition. K7974 was hit by one round fired from the window gun of the A/E. On December 12th 1940 K7974 crashed on take off at Port Suda.



Gloster Gladiator of 601 at Shorham (1938/1939)
Note: Popeye painted on tail



Gloster Gladiator of 601 at Shorham (1938/1939)
Close up of Popeye painted on tail of K7974



601 Squadron Blenheim (1939)



601 Squadron's Officers (1939)



Cigarette box presented to 'Doc' on his Wedding day
14th July 1939 by the officers of 601 Squadron.




John Williams' Logbook
















































Paddy Green




Archie Hope

































A rather 'imperious' looking Michael Peakcock




Fantastic shot of Doc Williams




Michael Peackock




Apparently amongst his many talents, Michael Peacock was known for a prolific ability for spitting.  In this image, he prepares....




One wonders at the target.  But a really great photograph!






















Doc in his office













Program for presentation of 601's Standard in 1954




Ticket to the Standard Presentation




Signed Squadron reunion dinner, 1954




Menu for the reunion dinner




Invitation to Squadron Badge Presentation ceremony - 1952




Squadron Badge presentation










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