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Flight Lieutenant Richard Sutton Williams DFC


Would anyone in France (or England) be in a position to photograph the grave and headstone of two Australian RAAF airmen killed in World War Two and buried in the Bona Communal Cemetery in France.
Bona is a village and commune in the Department of the Nievre, some 21 kilometres north-east of Nevers, the chief town of the department, and the most convenient centre. The village is situated on the main road from Nevers to St. Saulge. The cemetery is north of the village on the road to St. Benin-de-Bois. The joint grave of two airmen of the Royal Australian Air Force is north-east of the entrance.

The two airmen are Flight Lieutenant Richard Sutton Williams DFC and Wing Commander Gordon Panitz.
Williams was from Patonga on the New South Wales central coast and Panitz was from Southport on the Queensland Gold Coast.
Both men are buried in a joint grave north-east of the entrance.
The photograph is required for Flight Lieutenant Richard Sutton Williams's widow and family.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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CWGC provide this service, or did?
A little while back i put a request through for photos of graves in 3 seperate locations and recieved the images and the negs within a couple of months free of charge.
 
 I do not know if the abscence of a charge is based on the persons relation to the deceased - the images where requested on behalf of my Grandmother and the soldiers graves where those of her 3 brothers. Hope this is useful.

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I have close up photos of Wing Cmdr Gordon 'Peter' Panitz and Flt. Lieut. Richard Sutton WILLIAMS. I am trying to find out details of the aircraft and their base on their last flight. The photo was taken in 2010, both names on one CWGC headstone. Will gladly send them via email if you will send your details. Barry Cuttell
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Thanks for your reply David. Pleased you have the photos you wanted. I have found a certain amount of information on Internet about the two airmen but am still trying to find details of the plane and from where it took off on their last mission. My photos are also free to anyone who wants them. Barry
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I have photos of the grave taken in 1987 but would love to see your [sign in to see URL] your enquiry my great-uncle Wing Cmdr Gordon (known as Peter) Panitz 404891 was the pilot and his war casualty record states he was flying acft number NT229. Had taken off from RAF Thorney Island at 1600 for a daylight raid on Chagny railway yards. I also have a scrapbook of newspaper articles kept by my grandmother and he is written up in a book Four Aces if that interests you too.
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I also have some photos taken of the grave at Bona in 1987 and some stories from [sign in to see URL] grave was well kept and even had flowers on it when I visited. The local teenagers could recite the date of the australian aircraft crash and they said they were taught about it by their grandparents who attended the [sign in to see URL] fact the whole village attended.
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Hello
Further to your email received today I have close up photos of the single grave honouring Wing Cmdr. Gordon 'Peter' PANITZ, DFC and Flt. Lieut. Richard Sutton, DFC. who are buried in Bona Communal Cemetery in the Département of the Nièvre in France. I would gladly send these photos foc to you on receipt of your email address. Kind Regards. Barry Cuttell. You can reply direct if you wish on [sign in to see URL]@[sign in to see URL]
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Richard Williams is my uncle. His widow, who had remarried soon after the war) died
many years ago. His closest living relative is his sister who lives in the North Coast of NSW.
I visited the grave in 2011 and have lots of photos. His sister also has them.

His window's daughter (by her second husband) also has photos.

I am happy to share the photos if you still want them, but know they are NOT for his widow and he had no children. contact [sign in to see URL]@[sign in to see URL]
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Addit to above

The graves of Peter and Dick (Richard) are revered by the locals and the story is part of the town mythology. I was so lucky to meet two local women, one is the caretaker of the church where the bodies were taken. The other one spoke perfect English. When I said I was visiting the grave of my uncle the response was 'Oh, is that Richard, why doesn't anyone come to see Peter'?
 
 We were shown the church where the bodies were taken and the locals were adamant that we know that they were given a full burial service (Catholic). I do not know what religion Peter was but Dick was Catholic. They also took us out to where the plane crashed and showed us where the bodies were found. It was a very moving experience.

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