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Laband,
Albert Ernest William
"Bob"
J.M. Laing
Only son of Curt Laband (1884-1958), and Cecilia Violet Eileen Buckley (1888-1962), of Mill Hill, London.
Married ((06?).1938, Westminster district, London; divorced) 1st Joyce Myrtle "Joy" Barling (29.05.1916 - 14.10.2003), younger daughter of Mr & Mrs W.W. Barling, of Highgate; one daughter. Joy Laband remarried (and divorced) US military historian Charles B. MacDonald.
Married 2nd ((09?).1953, St Austell district, Cornwall) Florence Isa Barclay, only daughter of R.W.A. Barclay, and Mrs M.H. Barcaly, of Fowey, Cornwall; one daughter, one son.
31.01.1915
Sydney, NSW, Australia
-
1966
Sgt. ? [930403]
P/O (prob) 01.09.1941 [115168]
(WS) F/O 01.09.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 01.09.1943
F/Lt. 01.09.1945
Sq.Ldr. 01.08.1947
W/Cdr. 01.07.1954 (retd 08.02.1962)
01.09.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(09.1944)     196 Squadron RAF (Arnhem operation)
01.09.1945     commissioned, RAF (General Duties Branch) [permanent commission]
Laing,
[Sir] John Maurice
J.M. Laing
Son of ... Laing, and ... Harland.

01.02.1918
Carlisle district, Cumbria / Cumberland
-
22.02.2008
Ldg.Acm.
? [1435639]
P/O (prob)
30.10.1943 [158758]
P/O
30.04.1944
(WS) F/O
30.04.1944
30.10.1943


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Industrialist.
Lamb,
Arthur James
A.J. Lamb (Photo courtesy of Mr Jeremy Lamb)
Son (with one brother and one sister) of Arthur Haughton Lamb (1891-1977), and Bertha Eaton (1900-1940).
Married ((03?).1946, Aled district, Denbighshire) Miriam Jones (24.05.1922 - 20.06.2002); three sons.
31.10.1920
Beckenham, Kent
-
29.07.2006
Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Sgt. ? [656279]
P/O (prob) 01.10.1942 [139581]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.04.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 01.10.1944
Efficiency Medal (Territorial) EM 19.09.1995 -
01.10.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      45 Squadron RAF (flew operations as a Vultee Vengeance pilot mainly in the Burma campaign of 1942-1944)
 
Lambden,
Kenneth John
K.J. Lambden

Son of ... Lambden, and ... Drew.
Married ((06?).1950, Weymouth district, Dorset) Alice Frampton; ... children (two sons, two daughters?).
31.12.1923
Winchester district, Hampshire
-
Acm. 2nd cl. ? [1585948]
P/O (prob) 08.04.1944 [181081]
(WS) F/O 08.10.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 08.04.1946
08.04.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      208 Squadron RAF
Lambert,
Kenneth James
K.J. Lambert
Son of James A. Lambert, and Annie Woodhead, of Winton, Eccles, Lancashire.
(12?).1920
Salford district, Greater Manchester / Lancashire

-
28.05.1944
[age 23]
[Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium, coll. grave IVa.E.7]
Sgt. ? [1000866]
P/O (prob) 07.06.1943 [148827]
(WS) F/O (prob) 07.12.1943
DFC 16.11.1943 ?
07.06.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)     flight engineer, 10 Squadron RAF (Melbourne) (DFC)
? - 28.05.1944 flight engineer, 640 Squadron RAF (Leconfield)
[Halifax LK865 (C8-Q) was a
irborne 23:56 hrs 27.04.1944 from Leconfield, tasked to bomb the military camp at Bourg-Leopold. Shot down by a night-fighter, crashing 02:28 hrs near the port of Antwerp.]
Lambie,
John Boylan
J.B. Lambie (Photo courtesy of Mr Simon Weir)
1913
-
16.06.1947
Acm. 1st cl. ? [1551538]
P/O (prob) 10.12.1942 [134860]
(WS) F/O (prob) 10.06.1943 (reld 29.01.1944; on account of ill-health)
Solicitor, Glasgow.
10.12.1942     commissioned, Royal Air Force Regiment [emergency commission]
 
Lancaster,
Kenneth
K. Lancaster
Son of Claude Burrowdal Lancaster, and of Anne Alice Lancaster (née Davis), of Ashurst, Hampshire.
28.11.1912
-
19.06.1941
(KIA) [age 28]
[Sutton Bridge (St Matthew) Churchyard, section Q, grave 48]
Sgt.
? [1174845]
P/O (prob)
11.04.1941 [101484]
Education: King Edward VI School (Lake House), Southampton (18.09.1925-27.07.1931)
11.04.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
19.06.1941
pilot (probably of Spitfire; crashed)
Lane,
William
W. Lane
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
15.01.1920
?
-
05.1992
Leigh district, Lancashire
Wt.Offr. ? [972649]
P/O (prob) 26.04.1945 [197041]
(WS) F/O 26.10.1945 (reld 26.10.1949)
DFC 25.05.1945 ?
06.1943 - 10.1943 navigator, 150 Squadron RAF (Wellington bombers)
11.1944 - 1945 navigator, 128 Squadron RAF (Mosquito fighters) (DFC)
(03.1945)     navigator, 571 Squadron RAF
26.04.1945     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Langford,
Joseph Leonard
J.L. Langford

Son of Joseph Langford, and Minnie Ann Haynes, of Hadley, Wellington, Shropshire.
(03?).1921
Bramley district, West Riding of Yorkshire

-
15.09.1944
(KIA) [age 23]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1199712]
P/O (prob) 06.01.1943 [139589]
(WS) F/O (prob) 06.07.1943
06.01.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 15.09.1944 108 Squadron RAF
Langley,
John Hickman
J.H. Langley
Married ...; ... children (one daughter?).
06.09.1922
Birmingham

-
05.02.1999
Chester and Ellesmere Port district, Cheshire
Ldg.Acm. ? [1579839]
P/O (prob) 11.06.1943 [152484]
(WS) F/O (prob) 11.12.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 11.06.1945
F/Lt. 16.05.1947, seniority 11.12.1946
Sq.Ldr. 01.01.1953 (retd 06.09.1965)
11.06.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      31 Squadron RAF
15.05.1947     extended service commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
01.10.1950     permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
Langrish,
Reginald Walter
R.W. Langrish (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [112332]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Langston,
Francis Samuel
F.S. Langston
Son of Charles Langston, and Ada Sarah Lafford.
Married ((12?).1943, Knaresborough district, West Riding of Yorkshire) Joan E. Greaves.
(06?).1921
Evesham district, Gloucestershire / Hereford and Worcester / Worcestershire
-
11.04.1944
[age 22/23?]
[Poix-de-Picardie Churchyard, Somme, France, row B, collective grave 20-24]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1577894]
P/O (prob) 27.03.1943 [141691]
(WS) F/O (prob) 27.09.1943
27.03.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 11.04.1944 navigator, 158 Squadron RAF
[Halifax III MZ542 [NP-Z] took off 20:51 hrs from Lissett to bomb railway installations in the Tergnier area. Believed to be shot down by a night-fighter, crashing near Loeuilly (Somme), 15 km SSW of Amiens. Complete crew of seven were killed.]
Lansdowne,
Anthony Fenwick
A.F. Lansdowne (Photo courtesy of Mr Ron Aitken)
?
-
?
Acm. 2nd cl. ? [1426211]
P/O (prob) 18.07.1941, seniority 01.05.1941 [101763]
(WS) F/O ?
(07.1941)     No. 72 Course, Officers' School RAF
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Lao,
Htin Yain
H.Y. Lao
Son of Lao Ah Sou and Lao Daw Myr Thwe.
Married ((06?).1944, New Forest district, Hampshire / Wiltshire) Elizabeth May Tidbury, of Ruislip, Middlesex; one son. She remarried ... Dunlop.
1919
-
20.01.1945
(KIA) [age 25]
[Dordrecht General Cemetery, the Netherlands, row A, grave 15]
Wt.Offr. ?
P/O (prob) ? [123633]
(WS) F/O (prob) ?
(WS) F/Lt. ?
?     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
1943 - 20.01.1945 pilot, 257 Squadron RAF
[Typhoon IB RB319 'V' crashed on an armed reconnaissance mission in bad weather south west of Utrecht after attack on a bridge.]
Larsen,
Lewis Young
L.W.C. Lewis

Married ((12?).1936, Hendon district, Middlesex) Winifred May Scott (12.07.1913 - (12?).1981).
05.06.1910
-
07.1995
Chesterfield district, Derbyshire
Wt.Offr. ? [923219]
P/O (prob) 28.08.1942 [130709]
(WS) F/O (prob) 28.02.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 28.08.1944 (emgcy list; reld 05.06.1955)
Air Force Medal AFM ? ?
28.08.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Laundon,
Gerald Charles Anthony
G.C.A. Laundon
Son of Arthur Laundon, and Ellen M. Gibbs.
Married ((09?).1951, Leicester district, Leicestershire) Eva M. Sellars.
03.10.1922
Leicester district, Leicestershire
-
11.2003
Poole district, Dorset
F/Sgt.
? [1581136]
P/O (prob)
01.05.1945 [200684]
(WS) F/O
01.11.1945
01.05.1945


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]



194 Squadron RAF (Burma/India)
Law,
Frank
F. Law (Photo courtesy of Mr Ken Webster)
Son of Frank and Charlotte Mary Law, of Glasgow.
Brother of F/O John Alexander Law, DFC, RAFVR.
1922 ?
-
20.02.1944
(KIA) [age 21]
[Hanover War Cemetery, Germany, 16.D.8]
(A) F/Sgt. ? [1346759]
P/O (prob) 13.02.1944 [171852]
13.02.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 20.02.1944 103 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster III ND408 (PM-T) had taken off 23:25 hrs 19.02.1944 from Elsham Wolds for an operation against Leipzig. The aircraft was lost and of the crew five were dead and two were captured.]
Law,
John Alexander
J.A. Law (Photo courtesy of Mr Ken Webster)
Son of Frank and Charlotte Mary Law, of Glasgow.
Brother of P/O Frank Law, RAFVR.
?
-
13.08.1945
(MPK)
[Singapore Memorial, column 447]
F/Sgt. ? [1344716]
P/O (prob) 17.07.1944 [185341]
(WS) F/O 17.01.1945
DFC 06.07.1945 *
* Flying Officer Law has completed much operational flying. He has displayed a high degree of skill and throughout his devotion to duty has been unfailing. In April, 1945, he flew with great distinction on a sortie during which an armed enemy vessel, escorting a merchantman, was successfully attacked. Despite much fire from the enemy's anti-aircraft guns, Flying Officer Law flew in at low level and obtained hits on the target with his bombs and machine gun fire. In this well executed attack, Flying Officer Law showed courage of a high standard.
17.07.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 13.08.1945 pilot, 203 Squadron RAF (DFC)
[Believed to have lost his live when Liberator M crashed off Sebesi Island. Towards the end, large scale shipping movements were observed between Batavia and Singapore, but owing to the concentrated defences of these targets, and inability to get sufficient numbers of serviceable aircraft available for concentrated attacks, the results obtained were disappointing. On the final day's operation F/O Law made an individual attack on one of these convoys, from which he failed to return.]
Law,
Robert Charles Ewan
R.C.E. Law

02.11.1917
-
11.02.2008
P/O (prob) ? [72742]
... ...
Gp.Capt. ?
Distinguished Service Order DSO ? ?
DFC ? ?
?     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]

Lawman,
Thomas Michael
"Anthony" / "Tony"
T.M. Lawman
Son of Frederick Thomas Lawman (1899-1964), and Alice Lillian Holgate (1897-1959).
Married Amelia Leonora "Mollie" Hodgson (1922 - 31.12.2010); three sons.
17.05.1922
West Bromwich district, Warwickshire

-
04.01.1999
Reading, Berkshire
P/O (prob) ?
... ...
?     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Journalist & broadcaster in South Africa & Rhodesia. Returned to the UK in 1963 to become a public relations manager for an international corporation in London.
Published:
(under the name Tony Lawman) The long grass (1958); From the hands of the wicked (1960); (under the name Anthony Lawman) Fortress of the dunes (1980; US title: A private truce); The hounds of spring (1984); Where hide the warriors (1986)


Lawrence,
Leslie Victor
L.V. Lawrence (Photo courtesy of Mr John Lawrence)
Son of Archibald Francis Lawrence (1879-), and Florence A. Lawrence (1884-1964).
Married 1st ((09?).1931, Ticehurst, Sussex) Ethel Esther Allen (1907? - 27.07.1942).
Married 2nd (22.01.1943, Binbrook Parish Church, Louth district, Lincolnshire) Joan Alice Kay (1904 - 25.06.1945), daughter of John Kay (1874-1961), and Fanny Jane Wragg (1875-1954).
Married 3rd (25.10.1945, Thanet district, Kent) Margaret Kay ((12?).1907 - 16.12.1946), daughter of John Kay (1874-1961), and Fanny Jane Wragg (1875-1954); one son.
Married 4th (25.11.1947, Thanet district, Kent) Mavis N. Peile; one son.
Married 5th ((12?).1961, Thanet district, Kent) Ivy Lilian Bamford (06.02.1911 - 09.1999).
17.10.1905
Tonbridge, Kent

-
(03?).1977
Thanet district, Kent
Sgt. ? [929711]
(A) P/O (prob) 21.01.1943 [137734]
P/O (prob) 18.03.1943
(WS) F/O (prob) 18.09.1943 (reld 27.01.1954)
F/O 27.01.1954, seniority 20.10.1953
Mentioned in Despatches MID 08.06.1944 ?
Wholesale confectioner. Gained aviator's certificate (No. 18870), taken on D.H.60g, Gipsy 1, 85 at Malling Aero Club on 27.06.1939.
21.01.1943     commissioned RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      Link Training Instructor (LTI) at RAF Binbrook, RAF Lindholme & RAF Manston
27.01.1954     commissioned, RAuxAF (Reconstituted) (Fighter Control Branch)
29.03.1957 - 27.01.1964 RAuxAF Reserve of Officers (General Duties Branch)
Lawrence,
Reginald Harry Walter
R.H.W. Lawrence
Son of Walter Wiliam B. Lawrence (1897-), and Elsie Winifred M. Bishop (1892-).
Married ((09?).1948, Yeovil district, Somerset) Phyllis Jones; ... children (one son?).
15.01.1922
Yeovil district, Somerset
-
06.1997
Poole district, Dorset
Sgt. ? [911881]
P/O (prob) 28.11.1943 [169553]
(WS) F/O 28.05.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 28.11.1945
DFC 14.11.1944 ?
(01.1942)     3 Group RAF Training Flight (survived plane crash 06.01.1942)
28.11.1943     commissioned RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)     50 Squadron RAF (DFC)
Lawson,
[Sir] Christopher Donald
C.D. Lawson

31.10.1922
-
05.03.2007
L.Acm.
? [1320863]
P/O (prob)
05.12.1942 [133753]
...
...
Sq.Ldr.
?
05.12.1942


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]

Lawson,
John Kerr
J.K. Lawson (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
Ldg.Acm. ? [1025380]
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941, seniority 17.10.1941 [112334]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Accountant Branch) [emergency commission]
Leadbetter,
Ernest Oliver
E.O. Leadbetter (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [112335]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Accountant Branch) [emergency commission]
Leavitt,
John Howland
J.H. Leavitt J.H. Leavitt
Son of an American father and English mother.

06.02.1918
Paris, France
-
31.12.2010
Ldg.Acm. ? [700715]
P/O (prob) 20.02.1943 [137432]
(WS) F/O (prob) 20.08.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 20.02.1945 (reld 15.09.1946)
20.02.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
09.1944     617 Squadron RAF
Ledwidge,
Eric William
E.W. Ledwidge
Son (with one brother) of William Oliver Ledwidge (1874-1941), and Ada Caroline Brown (1879-1966).
Brother of Capt. Victor Richard Ledwidge, Royal Artillery.
Married (07.06.1942, Kensington, London) Joan Ellen Williamson (07.06.1919 - 21.09.1989), daughter (with one brother) of Albert Alfred Williamson (1888-1945), and Ellen Caroline Williamson (1892-1969); ... children.
02.04.1905
Islington district, London

-
24.08.1969
Kensington district, London
Acm. 2nd cl. ? [1519114]
(A) P/O (prob) 11.02.1943 [139115]
P/O (prob) 08.04.1943
(WS) F/O (prob) 08.10.1943 (reld 20.12.1946; retaining rank of F/O)
11.02.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
His son writes: "He was was variously in 6 and 41 Fly cont sec India, wing HQ Chittagong and Stn Tengah and was invalided home with TB."
Lee,
Asher
A. Lee
Born as Asher Levey.
Son of Abraham Levey, a writer, and Esther Treibitch Lincoln.

Married ((12?).1934, Hollingbourne district, Kent) Mollie Carpenter Hales (17.07.1911 - 30.06.1973), a BBC radio producer & writer; one daughter.

27.08.1909
Plymouth, Devon
-
1977 still alive
P/O (prob) 26.02.1940 [77734]
(WS) F/O (prob) 29.10.1940
(WS) F/O 26.02.1941
(WS) Sq.Ldr. 26.08.1943 (emgcy list; reld 27.08.1954, retaining rank of W/Cdr.)
(A) W/Cdr. ?
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE 02.06.1943 HM's birthday 43
Officer, Legion of Merit (USA) LM 13.09.1949 ?
Education: Parmiter's Senior, London E2; University of Paris, diploma, 1929; University College, London (first class honours, BA, 1931); Institute for Education, London (MA 1937).
26.02.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for Intelligence Duties) [emergency commission]
1939 - 1945 Intelligence Officer, Air Ministry
(09.1944)     Air Intelligence Officer, First Allied Airborne Army (airborne Operation Market-Garden, the Netherlands)
British Broadcasting Corp., London, radio producer, 1945-47, head of overseas research branch, 1947-71; London Broadcasting Co. (the first British commercial radio station), London, England, research consultant, 1971-75; artist's model and broadcaster, 1976-77. Author. Lecturer at Air War College (United States), Belgium Staff and French College, Portland State University, and British universities. Royal Air Force Reserve, 1945-55. Member: Royal Air Force Club. Rockefeller Foundation fellowship, 1950-51.
Published
: The German air force (1946); The Soviet air force (1950); Air power (1955); The Soviet air and rocket forces (ed., 1959); Blitz on Britain (1960); Goering, air leader (1972).
Lee,
Norman Kennedy
N.K. Lee
Son of Joseph Henry Lee, and Sarah Gwynneth Lee (née Thomas?), of Nelson, Glamorgan.
(09?).1917 ?
Blean district, Kent ?
-
23.03.1942
(MPK) [age 24 ?]
[Alamein Memorial, Egypt, column 248]
Sgt. ? [754006]
P/O (prob) 07.09.1940, seniority 31.08.1940 [84953]
(WS) F/O 07.09.1941
07.09.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
? - 23.03.1942 272 Squadron RAF
Lee,
Peter Norman
P.N. Lee
Mother's maiden name registered as: Ross or Lee.
01.01.1920
Biggleswade district, Bedfordshire / Hertfordshire
-
1996 still alive
F/Sgt.
? [912058]
P/O (prob)
07.07.1944 [185008]
P/O
09.02.1945, seniority 07.01.1945
(WS) F/O
09.02.1945, seniority 07.01.1945 (reld 1946?)
04.02.1947, seniority 19.03.1945
F/Lt.
07.01.1948
F/O RAF
01.11.1947, seniority 07.07.1945
F/Lt. RAF
23.06.1949, seniority 07.01.1948
Sq.Ldr. RAF
01.07.1958 (retd 01.01.1963)
Mentioned in Despatches MID
01.01.1946
?
07.07.1944


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
04.02.1947
 
 
recalled to Active List
23.06.1949
 
 
short service commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
01.10.1951
 
 
permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
Leech,
Raymond
R. Leech (Photo courtesy of Mr Roy Leech)
Son of Albert and Lucy Leech.
Married ...; one son, one daughter.
01.05.1909
Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne district, Northumberland

-
16.05.1989
Newcastle upon Tyne district, Tyne and Wear
F/Sgt. ? [1149384]
P/O (prob) 12.10.1943 [160668]
(WS) F/O 12.04.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 12.10.1945 (emgcy) (reld 01.05.1954)
Air Force Medal AFM 01.01.1944 ?
Master plumber. Gained aviator's certificate (No. 14324) taken on D.H. 60 G Gipsy 1 at Newcastle Aero Club on 16.08.1936.
12.10.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      ended the war flying unarmed Dakotas on VIP flights from Alexandria to UK over occupied France for BOAC
Lees,
William Grier
W.G. Lees
Son (with three brothers and ten sisters) of William Lees (1871-1947), and Gemima Watson (1877-1920).
Married Margaret Thirza Allan (19.08.1922 - 05.09.2005); ... children (one son?).
12.12.1920
Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland
-
14.12.1987
Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
Ldg.Acm. ? [1063122]
P/O (prob) 09.07.1943 [152735]
(WS) F/O 09.01.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 09.07.1945
Sq.Ldr. ? [192332]
09.07.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
1943? - 1947? 517 Squadron RAF (Waterbeach)
? - 15.09.1947 Reserve of Air Force Officers (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [served as Liaison Officer with NAAFI, Singapore]
18.10.1951     commission relinquished on appointment to the Royal Canadian Air Force Supplementary Reserve
Worked in real estate.
Leigh,
Arthur
A. Leigh
?
-
Sgt.
? [978140]
British Empire Medal (Military Division) BEM
08.06.1944
*
* This airman has been in charge of the fire section and crash tender crew for a year and nine months.  He has displayed great keenness and efficiency and apart from the work with his squadron he has given instruction to crash tender crews of other squadrons. Recently a Boston and a Spitfire collided on the airfield and the Boston caught fire. Sgt Leigh’s crew were on the scene immediately and by their prompt action the flames were kept to a minimum and the crew of the aircraft were able to get out safely. On two occasions when crashes occurred in Sicily, Leigh although not on airfield duty, was first on the scene. His vigilance and devotion to duty are of a very high order.
c. 09.1942
-
08.06.1944
Fire NCO, 223 Squadron RAF
Leman,
Arthur Edward
A.E. Leman
Son of Henry Burcham Leman (1869-1929), and Ada Leman.
Married ((06?).1929, Wandsworth district, London) Eileen Alice Mahoney, of Palmer's Green, Middlesex; ... children (one son, one daughter?).
(09?).1904
St George Hanover Square district, London

-
17.08.1945
Kaitali Village, Dahanu Jahwar, Bombay, India (formerly of Streatham, London)
[Kirkee War Cemetery, 3.K.17]
(A) P/O (prob) 10.10.1941 [108416]
P/O (prob) 10.12.1941
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(A?) F/Lt. ?
10.10.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Lennon,
George Alexander
G.A. Lennon
Son of James Lennon (1891-1972), and Catherine Byrne Burns (1891-1968).
Married (25.06.1949, St Thomas of Canterbury, Waterloo, Liverpool, Lancashire) Mary Eileen Burton (25.09.1918 - 27.08.1999), daughter of Lawrence Burton (1893-1965), and Elizabeth Davies (1892-1975); two sons, one daughter.
22.06.1915
Liverpool, Lancashire
-
17.11.1990
Sefton South district, Merseyside
Sgt. ? [744621]
(A) P/O (prob) 09.09.1943 [155699]
P/O (prob) 04.11.1943
(WS) F/O 04.05.1944
09.09.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Le Rossignol,
John Augustin
J.A. Le Rossignol (Photo courtesy of Mr Howard Eastcott)
Son of Robert Le Rossignol, British physical chemist who was working for the Auer Lighting Company, later to become 'Osram', and Agnes Emily Le Rossignol, of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, later of Harrow, Middlesex.
25.09.1911
Berlin, Germany
-
05.09.1943
(KIA) [age 31]
[Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, II.C.9]
[commemorated at St John's, Greenhill, Harrow]
Sgt. ? [1288222]
P/O (prob) 07.01.1942 [120555]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
      trained in the first class, 42A, of the Arnold scheme in Albany, Georgia, USA
07.01.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 05.09.1943 pilot, 23 Squadron RAF
Lerway,
Frederick Thomas
"Fred"
F.T. Lerway (Photo courtesy of Mr Bob Hollyman-Mawson) F.T. Lerway (Photo courtesy of Mr Bob Hollyman-Mawson)
Son (with seven brothers and four sisters) of Frederick "Fred" Lerway (1876-1952), and his second wife Mabel Maurice Olszewiece (1889?-1974), of Bristol.
Married ((12?).1941, Weston-super-Mare district, Somerset) Edith Marjorie Slocombe.
01.02.1919
Bristol, Gloucestershire
-
26.06.1996
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
F/Sgt. ? [749552]
P/O (prob) 15.01.1943 [142495 ]
(WS) F/O (prob) 15.07.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 15.01.1945 (reld 01.1946)
03.09.1940 - ? air gunner, 236 Squadron RAF (Battle of Britain)
15.01.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
1943?     may have been Squadron Adjutant at RAF Felixstowe
Moved to Canada 1951.
Levy,
Cyril Walter
C.W. Levy (Photo courtesy of Mr Reginald Levy)
Married ... Constant; one son (F/Lt. Reginald Levy, RAFVR), one daughter.

01.09.1900
Paddington district, London
-
03.1970
Fylde district, Lancashire
[Layton Cemetery, Blackpool]
(A) P/O (prob) 31.10.1941 [110483]
P/O (prob) 31.12.1941
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942 (emgcy list) (retd 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
Cinema manager.
31.10.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch)
 
Levy,
Reginald
"Reg"
R. Levy (Photo courtesy of Mr Reginald Levy)
Son of F/Lt. Cyril Walter Levy, RAFVR, and ... Constant.
Married ((06?).1943, Blackpool district, Lancashire) Dora Shawcross (30.10.1919 - 07.2005); two sons, two daughters.

08.05.1922
Portsmouth, Hampshire
-
01.08.2010
Dover, Kent
F/Sgt. ? [1380172]
P/O (prob) 10.10.1943 [159054]
(WS) F/O 10.04.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 09.10.1945 (reld 04.08.1950)
F/O 04.08.1950
F/Lt. 07.07.1951 (reld 04.08.1955)
DFC 23.05.1944 as Bomber Command pilot
Knight of the Order of the Crown (Belgium) [Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Couronne] Crwn 1972 -
Education: Liverpool Institute; Blackpool Grammar School.
      trained in the first class, 42A, of the Arnold scheme in Albany, Georgia, USA
      105 Squadron RAF
mid 1943     51 Squadron RAF
10.10.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
      instructor, Empire Flying School
(1944)     pilot, 578 Squadron RAF (DFC)
04.08.1950     commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section)
Carried on flying after the war and retired, in 1981 at the age of 59  with 25,100 flying hours on more than 50 types of aircraft from Biplanes to Boeing 747's.
Lewis,
Clifford Kenneth
C.K. Lewis
Son of John Henry Lewis, and Catherine Edith Mary Blasbery, of Glasgow.
(09?).1906
Pembroke district, Dyfed / Pembrokeshire
-
28.12.1943
Kerrier district, Cornwall
(KIA) [age 37]
[New Kilpatrick (or Hillfoot) Cemetery, Dunbartonshire, sec. N, grave 33]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1565588]
P/O 08.06.1943 [140871]
(WS) F/O (prob) 08.12.1943
Prior to going to work in Glasgow he had been employed as an overseer in Pembroke Dock.
08.06.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
? - 28.12.1943 navigator, 157 Squadron RAF
[de Havilland Mosquito NF.Mk.II DZ749 took off from Predannack.
Moss flying in cloud crashed at 20:15 hrs into ground Trevergy Farm, Curry 2½ miles NW of Mullion, 3m N of Predannack. The aircraft was completely burnt out. 28.12.43. Both occupants were killed.]
Lewis,
Lyndon Warwick Clive
L.W.C. Lewis
Mother's maiden name Lewis.
Married 1st Winfred M. "Peggy" Hawkins (predeceased him); one son, three daughters.
Married 2nd Dr. Agnes Edith Jackson, LRCPI & LM, LRCSI & LM.
01.12.1916
Newport M district, Glamorgan / Gwent / Monmouthshire
-
13.03.2007
hospital, Millom, Cumbria
F/Sgt.
? [1337757]
P/O
03.03.1944 [173388]
...
...
W/Cdr.
01.01.1959 (retd 01.12.1968)
03.03.1944


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
post-war


transferred, RAF (Provost Branch)
MIMgt
Lewis,
Philip
P. Lewis (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [112341]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Lezard,
Rex Edward
R.E. Lezard
Son (with three brothers) of Louis Flemming Lezard (1877-), and Netta Senior (1880-1972).
Married 1st ((12?).1937, Croydon district, Surrey) Eleanor Isabel P. Storey (14.11.1913 - (12?).1983); ... children (one daughter?).
Married 2nd Maisy Ivy Doreen Wallis (29.10.1923 - 20.05.1979); one daughter, three sons.
22.04.1914
Kimberley, South Africa

-
29.07.1982
Johannesburg, South Africa
Wt.Offr. ? [700433]
P/O (prob) 29.01.1944 [171745]
(WS) F/O 29.07.1944 (Emgcy List) (reld 22.04.1959)
Gained civil aviator's licence (No. 11496), taken on D.H. Gipsy Moth at Brooklands Flying Club, 09.10.1933.
29.01.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Lindsell,
Edward Stratton
E.S. Lindsell
Elder son (with one brother and two sisters) of Arthur James Gurney Lindsell (1880-1960), and Frances Mary Knott (1885-1945), of Pirton, Hertfordshire.
Married Gwendoline Mary "Molly" Harland, only daughter of Mr & Mrs. Harry Harland, of Misiones, Argentina. She remarried (01.01.1948, Hitchin) Gilbert Shorthouse Ransom.
1911
-
05.04.1944
(MPK) [age 32]
[Singapore Memorial, column 432]
Sgt. ? [1390705]
P/O (prob) 14.08.1942 [129342]
(WS) F/O (prob) 14.02.1943
14.08.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 05.04.1944 pilot, 177 Squadron RAF
[Lost flying a Beaufighter with F/Sgt. Willis on their first operation which was one of the successful attacks of the Moulmein railway at Burma.]
 
Lion,
John Joseph
J.J. Lion (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [112342]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical Branch) [emergency commission]
Lister,
Herbert
H. Lister
?
-
(A) P/O (prob)
25.03.1941 [62618]
P/O
?
F/O
01.04.1947 (reld 22.07.1955; retaining the rank of Sq.Ldr.)
25.03.1941


commissioned, RAFVR (Training Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Litchfield,
Peter
P. Litchfield (Photo courtesy of Mr Jan A. Schipper)
Son of Frederick George Litchfield, and Mildred M. Hicks.
30.04.1915
Croydon district, London
-
18.07.1940
(MPK) [age 25]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 9]
Sgt. ? [741035]
P/O (prob) 01.12.1939, seniority 18.11.1939 [76461]
24.08.1936 - 17.12.1937 served RAF Class F Reserve
09.1939 - 19.11.1939 11 Elementary Flying Training School RAF (Shawbury) (No. 14 Course)
01.12.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
20.11.1939 - 10.12.1939 611 (West Lancashire) Squadron RAuxAF (Digby)
11.12.1939 - 18.07.1940 610 (County of Chester) Squadron RAuxAF (Gravesend, then Biggin Hill)
[On patrol in a Spitfire I (P9452 'DW-T'). Shot down by a Bf 109 from Gruppe II of Jagdgeschwader 51 flown by Hauptmann H. Tietzen North of Calais at 10:00 hrs.]
Litzow,
Arthur Ferdinand
A.F. Litzow
Son of Hans Georg Litzow (1870?-1931), and Eleanor Hine (1875?-1949).
Married ((12?).1935, Wandsworth district, London) Philomena M. O'Reilly.
(12?).1908
Wandsworth district, London
-
29.07.1942
(KIA) [age 33]
[Kiel War Cemetery, Germany, 2.H.20]
Sgt. ? [1336187]
P/O (prob) 19.05.1942 [121572]
19.05.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
 ? - 29.07.1942 observer, 16 Operational Training Unit RAF
[Wellington IC R1450 [-Y1] took off 22:14 hrs 28.07.1942 from Upper Heyford for an operation against Hamburg. Passing over Schleswig at 11,500 feet, intercepted and shot down by a night-fighter. Three crew member lost their lives, three others were captured.]
Livingston,
Stephen Hudson
"Steve"
S.H. Livingston (Photo courtesy of Mr S.H. Livingston)
Married (divorced 1953) Isabella Tough ...
28.05.1923
Glasgow, Scotland

-
06.2012 still alive in Canada
Ldg.Acm. ? [1522179]
P/O (prob) 10.03.1944 [164444]
(WS) F/O 10.09.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 10.03.1946 (reld 20.03.1948; retaining rank of F.Lt.)
10.03.1944     commissioned RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      355 Squadron RAF (Salbani, India) [flew 30 operations]
 
Livingstone,
Charles Alexander
C.A. Livingstone
Son of Alexander Livingstone, and Kate M. Cooke, of Stirling, Scotland.
Brother of F/O. Ian Frederick Livingstone, RAFVR.
?
-
10.01.1954
(aircraft accident off the coast of Elba)
F/Sgt. ? [1052236]
P/O (prob) 01.05.1942 [126714]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.11.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 01.05.1944
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 05.06.1942 *
* This airman has completed 28 operational sorties. Many of these have been carried out in extremely adverse weather. In tire last lew months, Fit. Sgt. Livingstone has achieved much success In his attacks on enemy shipping. He has succeeded in scoring hits on no less than three heavily escorted vessels. As captain of aircraft, he has shown a strong sense of responsibility, great courage and devotion to duty.
(1942)     608 Squadron RAF
01.05.1942     commissioned RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Became a Captain for British European Airways (BEA) but tragically was a passenger returning from Cyprus on De Havillands Comet Yoke Peter which blew up off the coast of Elba, 10.01.1954.
Livingstone,
Ian Frederick
I.F. Livingstone
Son of Alexander Livingstone, and Kate M. Cooke, of Stirling, Scotland.
Brother of F/Lt. Charles Alexander Livingstone, RAFVR.
(06?).1916
Kingston district, Middlesex / Surrey
-
09.03.1942
(KIA) [age 25]
[Bergen General Cemetery, the Netherlands, 1.D.6]
[commemorated at Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Stirling & Snowdon Cemetery, Stirling]
Ldg.Acm. ? [986757]
P/O (prob) 16.02.1941 [61282]
(WS) F/O 16.02.1942
Vice-captain of Stirling High School FP Rugby Club, secretary of Ochil View Tennis Club and an assistant scoutmaster.
1940     joined RAFVR
16.02.1941     commissioned RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 09.03.1942 83 Squadron RAF
[Flying an Avro Manchester I (L7426) from RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire in a thousand-bomber raid on Essen. Airborne 22:50 hrs 08.03.1942. Homebound, shot down by night-fighter of Oberleutnant Ludwig Becker from 6./Nachtjagdgeschwader 2 & crashed at 03:24 hrs.]
 
Livingstone,
Thomas
"Tom"
T. Livingstone
?
-
L/Acm.
? [100587]
P/O (prob)
23.02.1941 [61967]
F/O
23.02.1942
(WS) F/Lt.
23.02.1943
23.02.1941


commissioned RAFVR - General Duties Branch
27.08.1942
-
20.06.1943
112 Squadron RAF
Lloyd,
Godfrey John
G.J. Lloyd
Son (with one sister) of Frank Charles Lloyd (1885-1943), and Janet Dando (1890-1954).
Married 1st (09.06.1938, Kenley, Epsom district, Surrey; divorced 11.06.1946) Avis Mary Earle (20.04.1913 - 03.03.1992), daughter of Ferdinand Pinney Earle II (1878-1951), and Helen Theodora Sidford (1890?-1942).
Married 2nd (14.09.1946, Epsom Registry Office, Surrey) Marjorie Joyce Robottom (13.06.1922 - 30.10.1999), daughter of Charles Henry Robottom (1893-1978), and Alice Emily Gerhold (1895-1966); one son.
22.07.1914
Garndiffaith, Pontypool, Monmouthshire, Wales

-
28.06.1966
Queen Mary Hospital, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
Airman 02.01.1940 [910271]
Sgt. ?
(A) P/O (prob) 18.07.1941, seniority 16.06.1941 [101742]
P/O (prob) 18.09.1941
(WS) F/O 18.09.1942, seniority 16.08.1942 (reld 13.01.1946)
(A) F/Lt. (1944)
Mentioned in Despatches MID 08.06.1944 ?
Education: Abersychan Secondary School; University of Wales (graduated with teachers' certificate 08.11.1934).
Employed by the Surrey Education Committee as a Supply Teacher to Limpsfield C of E School and then as an Assistant Master at Coulson & Purley, Smitham Bottom Central School , 09.01.1935-31.10.1936. Employed by the Croydon Education Committee, 9 June 1938 he was an Elementary School teacher, 01.11.1936-28.02.1946 (leave of absence for war service, was granted to him in 1940).
18.07.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) (for administrative and miscellaneous duties) [emergency commission]
      served at Gibraltar and Celyon
Employed by London County Council as resident assistant Master (Physical Training & Sports) at Mile Oak Boy's Approved School, 01.03.1946-18.11.1946. A schoolmaster at Mile Oak School in Sussex, 14.09.1946. Employed by the Northern Rhodesian Education Department, and was acting Principal (He was also a member of the Luanshya African Welfare Committee), 24.11.1946-09.12.1948. A director of Iain McHarg Ltd trading as Auctioneers, Estate Agents andValuers after moving to Ndola, 10.1954. Emigrated to New Zealand 1961. An Intermediate School teacher at Waimea Intermediate, 09.1961.
Lloyd,
John Maxwell Wauchope
"Max"
J.M.W. Lloyd (Photo courtesy of Mr Gareth Lewis)
Son of John P. Lloyd, and Frances E. Wauchope.
Married 1st (15.06.1946, Edmonton district, Essex / Hertfordshire / Middlesex) Rosemarie E. Davidge ((12?).1925 - (03?).1957), daughter of Charles E. Davidge, and Maud Roelink.
Married 2nd (19.08.1958, Reading district, Berkshire) Amy S. Farrow.
21.05.1920
Kings Norton district, Staffordshire / Warwickshire

-
21.11.1987
Reading and Wokingham district, Berkshire
F/Sgt. ? [1177131]
P/O (prob) 31.12.1942 [139274]
(WS) F/O (prob) 30.06.1943
(WS) F/Lt. 31.12.1944
F/O 27.05.1947
F/Lt. 01.03.1951, seniority 27.01.1949 (reld 27.05.1955)
DFC 17.04.1945 *
* This officer has set a fine example of devotion to duty. He has completed two tours of operational duty during which he has participated in many attacks on a variety of targets. He has destroyed 2 enemy aircraft and, in attacks on targets on
the ground he has been responsible for putting out of action many mechanical vehicles and a number of barges and locomotives. This officer has at all times displayed the greatest keenness and has set a fine example to all.
Appointed, Departmental Clerical Class of the War Department, 10.1937.
      124 Squadron RAF
24.09.1941 - 20.08.1942 41 Squadron RAF
31.12.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      229 Squadron RAF
(1945)     65 Squadron RAF (DFC)
27.05.1947     commissioned, RAFVR (Reconstituted Section) (General Duties Branch)
Lock,
Edwin Frank
E.F. Lock
Son of ... Lock, and ... Pennison.
(06?).1924
Hitchin, Oxfordshire

-
F/Sgt. ? [1600125]
P/O (prob) 30.11.1944 [189248]
(WS) F/O 30.05.1945
30.11.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
      624 (Special Duties) Squadron, Algeria, August 1944 (1 Short Stirling operation CARACOLE to France 30/31 Aug)
      148 (Special Duties) Squadron (30+ Handley Page Halifax operations to Yugoslavia, Greece, N. Italy, Austria) Sept 1944-May 1945, Brindisi, Italy
Lock,
Robert Harold
R.H. Lock
?
-
Sgt. ? [1382720]
P/O (prob) 16.10.1943 [162603]
(WS) F/O 16.04.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 16.10.1945
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 15.02.1944 ?
16.10.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)     192 Squadron RAF (DFM)
Lockwood,
Geoffrey
G. Lockwood (© Imperial War Museum (CH 12383)) G. Lockwood (© Imperial War Museum (CH 12389))

G. Lockwood (© Imperial War Museum (CH 12395)) G. Lockwood
Son (with one brother) of
George William Lockwood (1885-1966), and Emma Farnhill (1885-1956).
Married 1st ((09?).1939, Sutton Coldfield district, Warwickshire) Florence Vera Glover (30.12.1913 - 30.01.1974), daughter of Ernest Glover (1887-1921), and Florrie Hammersley (1889-1965); one daughter, one son.
Married 2nd Hilda Mary Price (03.06.1924 - 02.02.2009).
05.08.1912
Dalton, Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire

-
03.02.1997
Warminster Community Hospital, Wiltshire (formerly of Crockerton, Warminster, Wiltshire)
Cpl. ? [1180330]
(A) P/O (prob) 01.10.1942 [130423]
P/O (prob) 01.12.1942
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.06.1943 (Emergency List; retd 05.08.1957; retaining rank of F/O)
Distinguished Service Cross DSC 20.02.1945 *
01.10.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
1943? - 1944? Commanding Officer, HSL 156 (RAF rescue launch) (28th Air Sea Rescue Unit, Newhaven)
* Flying Officer Lockwood has served with his present unit since November, 1942. As captain of a high speed launch he has participated in numerous air/sea rescue operations which have resulted in the saving of many lives. In August, 1944 [= 1943], a Stirling aircraft crashed into the sea near the shore at Couden [= Coodens] Bay. Four of the crew [F/Sgt. H.E. Hall, BEM, RAFVR was one of them] were able to cling to the wing of the aircraft and a fifth, who was injured, was in a partially inflated dinghy which was tied alongside the aircraft. A very rough sea prevailed and Flying Officer Lockwood, who had set off to the rescue, experienced considerable difficulty in controlling his launch and in preventing it grounding on the rocks. He persisted in his rescue efforts and finally the 5 survivors were taken on board the launch, an operation which called for great skill on the part of Flying Officer Lockwood. On another occasion this officer went to the assistance of the crew of a bomber which had crashed in the English channel. Despite adverse weather he found the dinghy and rescued 10 airmen. Whilst returning to base he located another dinghy from which he rescued a further 9 airmen. Once whilst on patrol, Flying Officer Lockwood observed a pilot abandon his aircraft. The pilot became entangled in his parachute but, owing to Flying Officer Lockwood's vigilance, he was rescued within 5 minutes. On yet another occasion, Flying Officer Lockwood displayed courage in going to rescue an American airman who had come down close to the French coast. Despite the known presence of enemy mines, Flying Officer Lockwood succeeded in saving the life of this airman. Flying Officer Lockwood's initiative and ability have set a magnificent example and have inspired others.
Lockwood,
Ronald James
R.J. Lockwood
Son (with two siblings) of ... Lockwood, and ... Scott.
Married ...; four sons.
05.11.1923
Mile End district, London

-
Wt.Offr. ? [1332217]
P/O (prob) 12.03.1945 [196968]
(WS) F/O 12.09.1945
F/O 01.11.1947, seniority 12.03.1946
F/Lt. 07.06.1951 (reld 01.05.1963; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
DFC 15.09.1944 ?
Mentioned in Despatches MID 16.03.1951 Malaya
12.03.1945 - 01.11.1948 commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
01.11.1948 - 01.05.1951 temporary commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
01.05.1951 - 01.05.1959 short service commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
01.05.1959 - 01.05.1963 Royal Air Force Reserve of Officers (General Duties Branch)
Lofthouse,
Charles James
C.J. Lofthouse C.J. Lofthouse

26.09.1921
Mountain Ash, Glamorgan
-
02.07.2002
Cirencester district, Gloucestershire
Sgt. ? [1181385]
P/O (prob) 06.05.1941 [67052]
(A) F/O ?
(WS) F/O 06.05.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 27.09.1942
F/Lt. 01.09.1945
(A) Sq.Ldr. (10.1942)
Sq.Ldr. 01.01.1954 (retd 01.07.1966; own request)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE 29.01.1943 *
DFC 15.05.1942 **
* One night in October, 1942, an aircraft crashed while attempting to land at a Royal Air Force Station, and immediately burst into flames. The petrol tanks were ablaze and ammunition was exploding in all directions. Despite the dangerous conditions Squadron Leader Lofthouse directed the rescue work and, accompanied by Aircraftmen Taylor and Martin who were members of a fire party, repeatedly entered the burning fuselage in an endeavour to rescue the crew. They continued their efforts for over an hour and removed 5 members of the crew from the burning area, but 4 of them unfortunately succumbed to their injuries. Squadron Leader Lofthouse and Aircraftmen Taylor and Martin displayed great energy and a complete disregard for their personal safety.
** One night in April, 1942, this officer was the captain of an aircraft which carried out an attack on the Heinkel Works at Rostock. Whilst flying over the objective at 10,000 feet his aircraft was held in the beams of searchlights and subjected to intense fire from the defences. Nevertheless Flying Officer Lofthouse flew over the works and made his bombing run at 6,000 feet. As the bomb-doors failed to open, he made another circuit and, opening the bomb-doors manually, released his bombs at 4,900 feet, obtaining hits on the objective. Throughout the attack, this officer showed great courage and determination in the face of continuous enemy fire. He has completed many operational sorties with skill and determination.
spring 1940     enlisted, RAFVR
06.05.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
(04.1942)     149 Squadron RAF (DFC)
(10.1942) - 06.1943 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF (Waterbeach) (OBE)
06.1943 - 24.08.1943 Officer Commanding, "B" Flight, 7 Squadron RAF
[Lancaster JA678 [MG-S] was airborne 20:24 hrs 23.08.1943 from Oakington for a bombing raid on Berlin. Shot down by night-fighter and crashed near Oranienburg. After baling out Lofthouse landed in a German Army compound, dislocating a shoulder and breaking an arm, being captured.]
24.08.1943 - 1945 POW (No. 12719) in German captivity
[After hospitalisation he was sent to Stalag Luft III (Sagan) where he employed his skills as a draughtsman to produce maps and forged documents for use in 'The Great Escape', an event he was unable to join because of further hospitalisation.]
01.09.1945     permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
London,
Jack
J. London
17.09.1920
Baildon, Yorkshire

-
02.03.1999
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
(T) F/Sgt. ? [935631]
P/O (prob) 02.10.1941 [115148]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 02.10.1943
15.01.1941 - 10.02.1941 57 Operational Training Unit RAF
11.02.1941 - 10.05.1941 41 Squadron RAF
11.05.1941     260 Squadron RAF
02.10.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
12.05.1942     AHQ Egypt (for disposal on ground duties)
      164 Squadron RAF
      137 Squadron RAF
Emigrated to Australia, 1952.
Lovell,
Michael Robert
M.R. Lovell
Eldest son of Robert A. Lovell, and Mabel A. Broderick, of Milverton, Horsell Vale, Horsell.
Married ((12?).1946, Surrey North Western district) Pearl Oxenham.
(12?).1922
Guildford district, Surrey

-
F/Sgt. ? [1312188]
P/O (prob) 28.07.1943 [157312]
(WS) F/O 28.01.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 28.07.1945 (reld 19.12.1947; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
F/O 19.12.1947
F/Lt. 18.02.1952, seniority 06.10.1949 (reld 19.12.1959)
DFC 19.01.1945 ?
Education: Woking County Grammar School for Boys.
1942     flew Wellingtons in Cairo
28.07.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
1943     served in Libya and Malta (where he contracted infantile paralysis and was grounded for six months)
(1944)     78 Squadron RAF (DFC) (flew Halifaxes; completed 66 missions)
1945     seconded to BOAC
19.12.1947     commissioned, Reconstituted RAFVR (General Duties Branch)
Lovell,
Victor Charles
V.C. Lovell
Son (with two brothers) of Owen Lovell (1893-1983), and Adeline Searles.
02.11.1919
Ashurst, Medway district, Kent
-
28.04.1944
(KIA)
[Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium, joint grave 5.F.12-13]
Sgt. ? [754781]
P/O (prob) 07.09.1940 [85649]
(WS) F/O 07.09.1941
(WS) F/Lt. 07.09.1942
(A) Sq.Ldr. ?
DFC 14.05.1943 *
* This officer has completed much operational flying and has displayed courage, keenness and devotion to duty throughout. Whilst operating from Malta he has undertaken numerous sorties over enemy territory. In other operations he has destroyed 3 enemy aircraft.
07.09.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1943)     89 Squadron RAF (DFC)
? - 28.04.1944 141 Squadron RAF
[Took off from West Raynham in Mosquito II DZ656, coded TW:J, to provide support to a raid to Friedrichshaven. It was during this mission that he was shot down and crashed approximately 11 miles north of Hasselt, which is 2 miles north of Helchteren. He had just taken over the squadron's A Flight from another officer who was declared missing 24 hours earlier. The other member of crew of DZ656 was Warrant Officer, R. Lilley, DFC.]
Low,
David Septimus Stewart
D.S.S. Low (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carol Evans) D.S.S. Low (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carol Evans)
D.S.S. Low (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carol Evans)
D.S.S. Low (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carol Evans)
D.S.S. Low (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carol Evans)
D.S.S. Low (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carol Evans)
D.S.S. Low (Photo courtesy of Mrs Carol Evans)
 
Seventh son of Alexander Graham Low (1853-1936), and Annie Low (née Halley) (born 1865).
Married Susan Mary Snelling, of Farnham, Surrey; one daughter.
06.06.1908
Kensington district, Greater London / London / Middlesex
-
27.07.1942
(KIA) [age 34]
[Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany, 26.J.11]
(A) P/O (prob)
26.07.1940 [82986]
P/O (prob)
26.09.1940
P/O
26.07.1941
(WS) F/O
26.09.1941
(A) F/Lt.
1942?
26.07.1940


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
27.07.1942
wireless operator, 57 Squadron RAF
[his Wellington III bomber [X3653 DX-] took off 15.30 hrs at Foltwell in an attempt to use the cloud cover to reach Bremen, but crashed]
Lowe,
Francis
"Frank"
F. Lowe
Married (1948?) Barbara; two sons.
25.02.1920
-
29.11.2009
Sgt. ? [742478]
T/Wt.Offr. ?
P/O (prob) 09.03.1942 [118019]
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 09.03.1944 (reld 18.10.1951; on appointment to Reconstituted RAFVR)
F/O 22.10.1958 (reld 25.02.1985; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM 23.09.1941 ?
(1941)     pilot, 49 Squadron RAF
09.03.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 28.07.1942 pilot of a Wellington bomber, shot down on July 28th 1942; survived three years as a POW in Stalag Luft 3 and the "Long march" in the winter of 1945
22.10.1958 - 25.02.1985 commissioned, RAFVR (Training Branch) [Air Experience Flight at Filton]
After the war he worked for Avon Tin Printers becoming managing director in 1978, retiring in 1983.
Lowe,
Michael Charles
M.C. Lowe
Residence: (1943) Watlington, Oxfordshire.
22.09.1912 ?
-
(09?).1969 ?
Bullingdon district, Oxfordshire ?
Sgt.
? [1316124]
P/O (prob)
07.04.1943 [158585]
P/O
07.10.1943
(WS) F/O
07.10.1943
(WS) F/Lt.
05.07.1946
F/Lt.
01.11.1947, seniority 30.10.1947
(T) F/Lt. RAF
01.01.1949, seniority 30.10.1947 (reld 01.01.1952)
DFC
04.12.1945
?
Distinguished Flying Medal DFM
19.10.1943
?
Mentioned in Despatches MID
01.01.1945
?
07.04.1943


commissioned RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(10?.)1943


61 Squadron RAF
(11?.)1945


162 Squadron RAF
Lowery,
Harry
H. Lowery
?
-
Acm. 1st cl. ? [1643957]
(A) P/O (prob) 22.04.1943 [142956]
P/O (prob) 17.06.1943
(WS) F/O 17.12.1943 (Emgcy List) (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of F/Lt.)
Mentioned in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 ?
Mentioned in Despatches MID 14.06.1945 ?
25.03.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Equipment Branch) [emergency commission]
 
Lown,
Douglas James
D.J. Lown
Had one sister.
Residence: (post-war) Radlett, Hertfordshire.
29.08.1902
Hampstead district, Greater London / London / Middlesex
-
(06?).1976
Scarborough district, North Yorkshire
P/O (prob)
08.11.1940 [87926]
(WS) F/O (prob)
15.08.1941
(WS) F/O
09.11.1941
(WS) F/Lt.
01.09.1942 (reld 10.02.1954; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(T) Sq.Ldr.
?
Air Crew Europe Star AC Eur
-
-
Defence Medal Def M
-
-
British War Medal 1939-1945 BWM 39|45
-
-
08.11.1940


commissioned RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]



probably served with HQ 80 (Signals) Wing RAF
Lown,
John Frederick
J.F. Lown
Son of Frederick William Lown, and Lilian Jane Stiff, of Woking, Surrey.
(12?).1920
Kingston district, Middlesex / Surrey
-
31.12.1944
(MPK) [age 24]
[Runnymede Memorial, panel 202]
Ldg.Acm. ? [1167718]
P/O (prob) 26.04.1941 [66022]
(WS) F/O 26.04.1942
(WS) F/Lt. 26.04.1943
26.04.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 31.12.1944 248 Squadron RAF
[An attack on shipping in Flekkefjord left two German vessels badly damaged and two sunk. The merchant vessels sunk were the PALERMO of 1461 tons, the ACHIlLLES of 998 tons with one of the damaged ships being the WALLY FAULBAUM of 1675 tons. 143, 235 and 248 Squadrons returned to Banff with an aircraft missing from 248 Squadron. This was Mosquito "U" which was ‘seen to be hit’ by flak. Whilst attempting to return to base on one engine it was forced to ditch after apparent failure of the live engine. The aircraft broke up after hitting the water, the pilot was seen to evacuate the plane and get into the aircraft’s dinghy, but despite an intensive air sea search of the area, was not found. The crew were; F/Lt. J.F. Lown who was never found and F/O C.J. Daynton who went down with the aircraft.]
Lucas,
Andrew John
A.J. Lucas (Photo courtesy of Mr John Bunker)
Son of Andrew James Lucas (1897-), and Rhoda Kennard (1898-1970).
Married ((03?).1945, Leicester district, Leicestershire) Irene Daisy Wyles; two daughters.

Of St Budeaux.
(06?).1923
Plymouth district, Devon

-
16.03.1955
The Royal Victoria Hospital, Boscombe, Bournemouth district, Dorset (formerly of Hillingdon, Middlesex)
Sgt. ? [1585824]
P/O (prob) 10.03.1944 [173266]
(WS) F/O 10.09.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 10.03.1946
DFC 19.09.1944 *
* He has completed in various capacities many successful operations during which he displayed high skill, fortitude, and devotion to duty.
Education: Sutton Secondary School.
Apprentice Devonport Dockyard.
10.03.1944     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
(1944)     630 Squadron RAF (DFC)
Lucey,
Michael John
M.J. Lucey (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
30.11.1906
Bethnal Green district, London

-
(09?).1972
Chelsea district, London
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941 [112348]
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Luckham,
Henry Albert Charles
H.A.C. Luckham (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
Son of ... Luckham, and ... Friend.
Married ((09?).1940, Bristol district, Gloucestershire) Muriel E. Jenkins.
20.03.1913
Thornbury district, Gloucestershire
-
(06?).1969
Camberwell district, London
Sgt. ? [994028]
(A) P/O (prob) 31.12.1941, seniority 27.10.1941 [112350]
P/O (prob) 21.01.1942, seniority 17.11.1941
(WS) F/O (prob) 01.10.1942
(T) F/Lt. 01.07.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 01.02.1946 (Emgcy List) (reld 20.03.1958; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
Mentioned in Despatches MID 01.01.1945 ?
Mentioned in Despatches MID 01.01.1946 ?
31.12.1941     commissioned, RAFVR (Technical  Branch) [emergency commission]
Lund-Yates,
Eric
E. Lund-Yates (Photo courtesy of Mrs Diana Davies)
?
-
P/O (prob) 21.10.1940 [87228]
21.10.1940     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
Lunn,
Leslie Grantham
L.G. Lunn
Son of ... Lunn, and ... Collidge.
27.01.1923
Kensington, London
-
F/Sgt. ? [1317021]
P/O (prob) 14.09.1943 [157825]
(WS) F/O 22.01.1944
(WS) F/Lt. 14.09.1945
25.02.1947, seniority 14.09.1944
F/O 06.06.1946
F/Lt. 17.03.1947
Sq.Ldr. (Suppl. List) 01.01.1966 (retd 27.01.1979)
Air Force Cross AFC 01.01.1964 ?
14.09.1943     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
06.06.1946     extended service commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
10.12.1953     permanent commission, RAF (General Duties Branch)
Obtained 24.05.1951 civil aviator's licence No. 27201 as a qualified service pilot with the RAF.
Lupton,
John Sheppard Hewitt
J.S.H. Lupton
Son of the Revd. Albert Homer Lupton and Alice Lupton (née Sheppard), of The Rectory, Gussage St. Michael.
(06?).1919
Grimsby district, Humberside / Lincolnshire
-
27.09.1940
(KIA) [age 21]
[Idmiston (All Saints) Churchyard, Wiltshire, south of church tower]
Sgt.
? [754225]
P/O (prob)
13.07.1940, seniority 11.07.1940 [82667]
13.07.1940


commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
?
-
27.09.1940 
pilot, 14 Operational Training Unit
[took off from Cottesmore in his Hampden I [P4308] for training at his second solo flight but at 09.30 hrs he flew into a tree at Squires Farm, Langham, 2 miles orso NNW of Oakham]
Lusty,
Kenneth John
"Ken"
K.J. Lusty (Photo courtesy of Mr Norman Armitage)
Second son (with one brother and three sisters) of William J. Lusty, and Jeanne Eugène Felicite Pecriaux (1886?-1971), of Loughton, Essex.
Married (1940s?, Essex) Marjorie E. Harding; one daughter. Marjorie Lusty remarried F/Lt. William Stanley Dossett, RAF (1919-1997).
04.1918
West Ham district, London
-
17.02.1944
(KIA) [age 25]
[Bari War Cemetery, Italy, II.D.16]
[commemorated at Loughton War Memorial]
Sgt. ? [922414]
P/O (prob) 30.11.1942 [139819]
(WS) F/O (prob) 30.05.1943
(A) F/Lt. ?
3011.1942     commissioned, RAFVR (General Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
? - 17.02.1944 pilot
[apparently the aircraft he flew in with two others crashed into a mountain]
Lynall,
Alan Herbert
A.H. Lynall
Son of Ezra Herbert Lynall (1893-), and Nellie Atkin (1890-1962).
Married ((03?).1943, Sutton Coldfield district, Warwickshire) Mary W. Jukes; ... children (one daughter?).
Residences: (2006) Oxfordshire & Monflanquin, France.
(06?).1918
West Bromwich district, Staffordshire
-
27.05.2006
P/O (prob) 31.12.1939 [77070]
P/O 31.12.1940
(WS) F/O 31.12.1940
(T) F/Lt. ?
(WS) F/Lt. 01.01.1944 (reld 27.02.1946; on account of medical unfitness for air force service; retaining rank of Sq.Ldr.)
(T) Sq.Ldr. ?
Education: BSc (Hons. Eng.).
31.12.1939     commissioned, RAFVR (Administrative and Special Duties Branch) [emergency commission]
24.04.1940     transferred, RAFVR (Technical Branch)
Joint managing director, later chairman, Linread Ltd. (1960/80s).
       

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