“Wounded in two attacks, without oxygen, suffering severely from cold,
his navigator dead, his wireless operator fatally wounded, his aircraft crippled
and helpless, Flight Lieutenant Reid showed superb courage and leadership
in penetrating a further 200 miles into enemy territory…”
“FLIGHT LIEUTENANT WILLIAM REID, who has died aged 79, won a Victoria Cross in 1943 for his heroism on a bombing expedition to Germany.
On the night of November 3 1943, Reid was serving with 61 Squadron as captain of a Lancaster bomber on the way to Dusseldorf when it was attacked by a Messerschmitt 110 nightfighter as it crossed the Dutch coast.