Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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10/08/2020 From the Mid Ulster Mail dated 10th February 1945:
10/08/2020 MARKS – Previously reported missing, now killed in action on operational duty over enemy territory on 1st July 1940, Sergeant Flight Engineer W S Marks, Royal Air Force, eldest son of Mr W Marks, U.S.A., and Mrs Marks, the Lodge, Dungannon. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing uncle and aunt, Mr and Mrs W S McKnight, Ballydawley, Coagh. Also their son Billy McKnight, Royal Air Force. ‘He died that we might live.’
02/03/2020 Pilot Officer John Edward ESTELL (423087)
02/03/2020 William James Marks was the son of William and Isabel Marks. He was born about 1924.
02/03/2020 William Marks served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in World War Two.
02/03/2020 By June 1944, Sergeant (Flight Engineer) William Marks was serving with 100 Squadron.
02/03/2020 At 10:30pm on 30th June 1944, Sergeant (Flight Engineer) William Marks and his crew took off on an Avro Lancaster bomber (type I, with serial number LL958) from RAF Grimsby to to bomb railway yards at Vierzon in France.
02/03/2020 Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base.
02/03/2020 The aircraft was shot down by a night fighter and it crashed north east of the Foret de Boulogne and near the village of la Forte-St-Cyr (Loir-et-Cher), 26 kilometres East North East of Blois.
02/03/2020 All the crew were killed including Sergeant (Flight Engineer) William Marks, who is recorded as being killed in action on 1st July 1944. The crew were:
02/03/2020 Sergeant William James Marks is buried in La Ferte-St. Cyr Communal Cemetery in France. His inscription reads: GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS
02/03/2020 Flight Sergeant John Keith CORY (413761)
02/03/2020 Flight Sergeant James Albert HOLLANDS (429620)
02/03/2020 Sergeant William James MARKS (1676946)
02/03/2020 Flight Sergeant Norman Walter MILES (423833)
02/03/2020 Flight Sergeant William Wayne OZEROFF (R/181436)
02/03/2020 Flight Sergeant Anthony John ROUTLEY (419140)
02/03/2020 Sergeant William James Marks is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial and on the WW2 stained glass window in St Anne’s Church of Ireland, Dungannon.
02/03/2020 The CWGC record Sergeant (Flight Engineer) William James Marks as the son of William and Isabel Marks of Dungannon, County Tyrone.
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