Personnel Index - Detail

Name
LEWIS
First Names
John
Rank
P/O
Service
RAF
Service Number
40721
Crew Position
Pilot
Posting Details
Posted in 12/38 and out 9/40

 

Awarded the DFC.

Flew 19 Hampden operations with 49Sqn.

Posted out to 14 OTU Cottesmore after completing a tour.

He was killed on active service on 8th July 1943 and is buried in the Lincoln Newport Cemetery.
 



On the 8th of July 1943, P/O Lewis who was serving with the Empire Central Flying School was the pilot of a Miles Master aircraft W8453, when it suffered a mid air collision with an Airspeed Oxford V3830, and crashed one and a quarter miles north north east of Calne, Wiltshire. P/O Lewis and the other occupant on board the Master were both killed when the aircraft crashed.
Apparantly P/O Lewis was practising dive-bombing on the Hilmarton Bombing Range when the collision occured.
The other person on board the aircraft was a Major Gerald John 'Lemmie' Le Mesurier DFC SAAF No.P102636V, a Commonwealth Biplane 'Ace'.
 

Information researched by 49Sqn Researcher, Colin Cripps.