Personnel Index - Detail

Name
JONES
First Names
Lewis James
Rank
Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
924063
Crew Position
Wireless operator/Air Gunner
Age
20
Date of Death
07/06/1942
Cemetery

 

Known to the family as "Jim".

A picture of Sgt Jones courtesy of David Bedford.

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke
From the panel at Runnymede

The Runnymede image was created by artist Paul Reid using photographs taken by Jo Cockburn and Malcolm Brooke

Sgt Jones flew a total of 35 Hampden operations 30 of them with P/O Alfry (note the incorrect ORB spelling).

Several months later there followed two operations as the Rear Gunner with S/L De Mestre.
Takeoff for the first operation was delayed by 70mins due to engine problems (common with the Manchester).
The crew were lost on their second operation.

6/7 June, 1942; EMDEN:
In good weather conditions, a main force of 233 aircraft set out to attack the German town of Emden. With only a slight ground haze over the target, successful bombing results were achieved by the crews. 49 Squadron detailed 7 aircraft for the operation, but only 5 managed to become airborne from Scampton by 23.30hrs. The price of success was paid for in the loss of 9 crews out of the total force - 3 Manchesters, 3 Wellingtons, 2 Stirlings and 1 Halifax failed to return. Tragically, two extremely experienced aircraft captains and their crews from 49 Squadron were amongst those reported missing: Five crew members of the aircraft piloted by S/Ldr Peter De Mestre DSO DFC (L7469) were killed and the captain plus two others were reported missing.

Manchester L7469
S/L P.M. De Mestre DSO DFC Pilot (Missing)
Sgt A.F. Buttel RAAF 2nd Pilot (Killed)
P/O R.H.J. Thorndyke A/OB (Missing)
F/S M.E. Whitehill RAAF A/G (Killed)
Sgt G.C. Whitfield W/AG (Killed)
Sgt L.J. Jones W/AG (Missing)
Sgt D.S. Halliday W/AG (Killed)

Additional information:
Their Manchester was intercepted at 3500m over the North Sea, 20km NW of Borkum by a night-fighter captained by Nacht Jagd "Experten" Oblt Ludwig Becker (VI/NJG2) and shot down at 0044 for his 20th Abschusse.
The aircraft crashed into the North Sea with the loss of all seven crew, three of which have no known grave.