Personnel Index - Detail

First Names
William Ford Watson
Flight Lieutenant
Service Number
984913 (NCO) 171282 (Officer)
Crew Position
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
Posting Details
Posted in 6/42 and out 8/42


Awarded the DSO and DFM & Bar.

There is no record that this airmen flew operations with 49sqn.

However, information recently discovered indicates that he was posted to 49Sqn for Air Gunner and Wireless Operator training during June & July 1942.

Logbook images courtesy of Peter Scales.

F/L Porteous was killed on 20th May 1944 during a raid on Le Mans with 7Sqn......this was his 60th operation.

He is buried in the Le Mans West Cemetery.


Extract is from Bill Chorley's Bomber Command Losses

A fine portrait of F/L Porteous courtesy of Peter Scales who would like to remember his mother.
Mildred Watson ‘Topsy’ Porteous was a serving WAAF radar operator during WWII and kept Bill’s memory alive.  

This website gives more detail of the life and service of F/L William Porteous........opens in a new window.