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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
901 Lacey-JohnsonNigel ArthurFlight Sergeant1576434NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command101 Sqd
1944-05-03LancasterIIILM467SR-J RAF Ludford Magna. Lincolnshire 2130Mailly-le-CampCrashed Voue {Aube}KilledVou̩ Churchyard Coll Grave 2. Read Archive Report
902 LaingJohn ArthurWarrant Officer Class 1R129137Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRCAFBomber Command425 Sqn RCAF
1944-05-22HalifaxIIILK810KW:YRAF Tholthorpe, Yorkshire00:10le MansSee Archive report for detailsKilledLe Mans West Cemetery. Plot 38. 1939-45 Row C. Grave 32Paradie Archive Database
903 LandauHymeFlying Officer122143NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command405 Sqd RCAF
1942-11-17HalifaxIIbW1096LQ-ORAF Beaulieu, Hampshire, EnglandNot knownTrainingAircraft accident/malfunctionKilledRainsough Jewish Cemetery. Hebrew Congregational Section. Plot A. Grave 5Read Archive Report

904 LaneEric ArthurSergeant651329Flight EngineerRAFBomber Command405 Sqd RCAF
1944-01-14LancasterIIIND423LQ-K RAF Gransden Lodge, Cambridgeshire 1657Braunschweig (Brunswick) Shot down by night fighter Diepholz area en route to the target KilledHanover War Cemetery. Grave 11 H 6

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905 LaneArthur JohnSergeant1394728W/Op. Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command90 Sqd
1943-09-22StirlingIIIMZ262WP-KRAF Wrattling Common1850Hannover See Archive report for further details KilledHurst Green Churchyard (Holy Trinity) Read Archive Report
906 LaneRobert MayallSergeant1921 Richmond SurreyFlight EngineerBomber Command97 Sqd (Straits Settlements) Pathfinder Force
1944-03-30LancasterIIIND390OF-SBourn2215NurnbergShot down by a night fighter of Maj Martin Drewes lll./NJG1 and crashed over Coburg whilst on a bombing raid to Nuremberg. Crashed AhornKilledDurnbach War CemeteryLancaster ND390, piloted by Flight Lieutenant D. H. Rowlands, DFC, was detailed to attack Nuremberg, as part of the main force of 795 aircraft, and was shot down by an Me.110 flown by Major Martin Drewes, III./NJG1, and crashed in the south west suburbs of Coburg, on 30-31 March 1944. All the crew were killed. 'Nuremberg, the Blackest Night in RAF History' by Martin Bowman gives the following account: ‘At 01:20 a.m. Drewes and his crew singled out their third victim of the night. It was Lancaster III ND390 NF-S of 97 Squadron which was being flown by 23 year old Flight Lieutenant Desmond Harold Rowlands DFC of Kenton Middlesex. “At 700 metres” said Handke “we could see it was another Lancaster. We were about to attack from the rear again when Petz announced that he had cleared the stoppage in our cannon. With the oblique cannon now working we could attack from below and to the side of the bomber with less risk of being seen. Drewes edged the night fighter closer and for a few seconds we were almost on a parallel course. Unaware, the Lancaster flew on. Then Drewes raked it with a long burst aimed into the wing. Flames fanned from the engines to acknowledge the accuracy of his shooting.”

Rowlands and his crew were mostly second tourists who were on their third operation with the Pathfinders. The bodies of 19 year old Sergeant Robert Myall Lane, the flight engineer of Richmond Surrey; Arthur Robert Cadman DFM the 24 year old navigator of Kingswinford Staffordshire (whose award had been granted in 49 Squadron in 1940); Albert Stanley McFadden the 28 year old bomb aimer of Walton, Liverpool and Flying Officers Edgar James Currie the 32 year old wireless operator and Fred Coleville the mid upper gunner of Chester-Le-Street, County Durham were found near the main fuselage on the edge of a wood at Ahorn in the South West suburbs of Coburg. The tail came down some distance away and the body of 28 year old Flight Lieutenant Richard Algernon Dacre Trevor Roper DFC DFM was found still in the rear turret.’

Attacker Maj Martin Drewes lll./NJG1
907 LangfordGeorge Arthur HarryPilot Officer Pilot175102RAFVRBomber Command9 Sqd
1944-07-07LancasterIIIJB116WS-TBardney2242St-LeuCrashed at Millebosc {Seine-Maritime}PoW No 4795 Camp Stalag Luft I Read Archive Report
908 LaurieThomas MurdochFlight Sergeant1565637Age ?NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command158 Sqd
1945-01-05Halifax IIIMZ432NP-QRAF Lissett, Yorkshire1701HanoverSee archive report for further detailsPoW Stalag Luft 1None - survived the warFl/Sgt. Thomas Murdoch Laurie captured near Dörverden at 18:45 hrs on the 08th January 1945. Passed away in 2002.
909 LaversonNorman AdinPilot Officer1169681920NavigatorRAFVRFighter23 Sqn
1942-11-28MosquitoNF.IIDD712YP:RRAF Bradwell Bay20:30Intruder SortieSortie to Cognac Region. Crashed at Tilloux, 10km SE of CognacKilledCognac (Crouin) Communal Cemetery Row 1, Grave 1Son of Arthur Hamilton Lavers and Lottie Lavers, of Dorking, Surrey.
910 LawrieAlexander WilliamSergeant10304021920Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command207 Sqd
1944-01-01LancasterIW4892EM-TSpilsby2350BerlinCrashed near the Daimler Benz works at Genshagen 4km ENE of Ludwigsfelde where the crew were initially buried. Captured German documents stated that the aircraft was shot down (Flak?) in the vicinity of the Daimler Benz works at GenshagenKilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Plot 8 Row G Joint Grave 21-22Son of Arthur James Brown Lawrie and Mary Alice Hogg Lawrie, of Walker, Newcastle-on-Tyne
911 LaycockArthur LonsdaleSergeant1549850Air/GnrRAFVRTraining Command1483 Gunnery Flight (3 Group)1943-03-30WellingtonIIIZ1747Not issuedRAF Marham, Norfolk1000Training See archive report for further details KilledQueensbury Cemetery. Sec. A. Grave 131 Read Archive Report
912 LayleyGeoffrey CharlesSergeant137342ObserverRAFVRBomber Command218 Sqd
1943-01-27StirlingIN6077HA-VRAF Downham Market, Norfolk1703Gardening See archive report for further details KilledHannover War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 3. A11-17
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913 le BrueillyArthur EugeneFlying Officer42615Age 29Jersey / BelgiumPilotRAFFighter Command607 Sqd
1940-05-14HurricaneIP2713AF-?Vitry-En-Artois, France1055Patrol See archive report for further details Missing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial Panel 9 Read Archive Report
914 LeachWilfredSig.2580970Age ?PassengerArmyRACAttd. GHQ Liaison Regt1944-07-23StirlingIVLJ882L9-HRAF Fairford, GloucestershireSOE 'Rupert' See archive report for further details KilledGraffigny-Chemin Communal Cemetery. Collective grave 12-22 Read Archive Report
915 LeadleyGeoffrey NormanSergeant942407Age 21UKWireless Op/Air GunnerRAFVRTraining Command10 Operational Training Unit. 6 Group1941-10-23WhitleyVP5023-RAF Abingdon, Berkshire0150TrainingSee reportKilledWarwick Cemetery. Sec. 112. Consecrated Grave 25Born in Medway, Kent 1920. Son of Arthur William and Isobel Nellie Leadley (née Joyce), brother of Patricia, of 39 Greville Road, Warwick. Grave inscription: 'Such Spirits Do Not Die'.
916 LeaversEvered Arthur Reginald RexFlight Sergeant745760Age 24UKPilotDFM

RAFVRBomber Command21 Sqd
1941-06-16BlenheimIVV6034YH-DRAF Watton, Norfolk1319Anti ShippingSee archive report for further detailsKilledBaflo (Den Andel) Protestant Cemetery. Row 22. Grave 12

Courtesy Oleg Marin

Born on the 27th of May 1917, in Bridgford, Nottingham. Son of Jessie Leavers, of Dunkirk, Nottingham, England. Grave inscription: 'In Proud And Everloving Memory Of Evered Arthur Rex Of Nottingham, England'.
917 LedinHerbert ArthurStaff Sergeant31351923AmericanTail Gunner8th Air ForceUS Army Air Force700th Bomber Squadron (445th Bombardment Group (H))1944-09-27B-24 'Patches'H42-110022RN:F+Tibenham airfield (Station #124), Norfolk, EnglandHenschel industrial plants Kassel (Mission #650), GermanySee Archive Report for detailsPoW, Stalag Luft 4
918 LeeFlight SergeantPilotRAFVRBomber Command19 Operational Training Unit1944-05-04WhitleyVLA838UO-ARAF Kinloss, Scotland244Training See archive report for further details Survived None - understood to have survived the war Read Archive Report
919 LeeArthur ArcherFlight Sergeant1222362W/Op/Air/GnrRAFVRBomber Command148 Sqd RAF
1944-07-03HalifaxIIJP286FS-SBrindisi, Italy150Special Operations Executive See archive report for brief details KilledBudapest War Cemetery II. E. Coll. Grave 1-8. Read Archive Report
920 LeggettAlfred EdwardSergeant189450927th September 1924 in Walthamstow, EssexAir Gunner (Rear)RAFVRBomber Command460 (RAAF) Sqn
1944-03-30LancasterIIIND738AR:EBinbrook22:19NurnbergClaimed by Uffz. Günther Schmidt, his first Abschuss from 8./NJG2 flying a Ju-88, at 01:24, at Ermreuth, 3km W of Gräfenberg at 6300 m. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (16 March 1944 - 11 May 1944) Part 2 - Theo Boiten)KilledDurnbach War Cemetery 8.B.5Son of Edward Arthur and Rosetta (née Lyons) Leggett of Walthamstow, Essex. His mother predeceased him in 1935.
921 LeggettArthur FrederickFlying Officer14536AustraliaRAAF2 Personnel Depot Sydney1946-02-10RAAF Honour Roll
922 LeighJohn ArthurFlight Sergeant1323194PilotRAFVRBomber Command157 Sqn
1945-03-03MosquitoXIX TA404RS:MSwannington19:56BSSupport to the Kamen raid. Lost Without TraceKilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 271Flt.Sgt. Leigh had at least one air combat victory to his credit, having claimed an Me-110 destroyed during operations on 17/18 December 1944.

Son of Arthur Edward and Margaret Leigh, of Shirley, Surrey.
923 LesterArthurSergeant Air GunnerNot knownRAFVRBomber Command57 Sqd
1944-04-20LancasterIIIND582DX-SRAF East Kirkby, Lincolnshire2147la Chapelle Crashed on houses at Lavender Vale, Wallington, Surrey InjuredNone Read Archive Report
924 LevingsGrahame ArthurSergeant1606948born 'Grahame Arthur Wadey' in 1925 at Westhampnet SussexBritishWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command625 Sqd
1944-11-16LancasterING238CF-E2RAF Kelstern, Lincolnshire1258DürenCause of loss unknownKilledVenray War Cemetery Coll.grave V.C. 5-8Read Archive Report
925 LevyArthur John DouglasFlying Officer NavAUS/42221ORAAFBomber Command218 Sqd
1944-04-20StirlingIIILJ448HA-DWoolfox Lodge2103ChamblyCrashed Asni̬res-sur-OiseEvader Read Archive Report
926 LewisArthurFlying Officer42259023 Mar 1923AustralianPilotRAAFBomber Command635 Sqn
1945-03-31LancasterIPB958F2-PDownham Mkt649HamburgSee Archive ReportKilledHamburg War Cemetery, Grave 5A.B.11
927 LewisArthur SydneySergeant1243743W/Op/Air/GunnerRAFVRBomber Command101 Sqd
1944-08-12LancasterIIILM598SR-M2 RAF Ludford Magna, Lincolnshire 2120Braunschweig (Brunswick)Shot down by night fighter - see archive reportKilledHanover War Cemetery. Grave: 8. K. 6 Read Archive Report
928 LewisArthur JackFlight Sergeant1464956Bomb AimerRAFVRBomber Command9 Sqn
1944-06-24LancasterILL970WS:YRAF Bardney, Lincolnsire22:50ProuvilleSee archive report for full detailsKilledLonguenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery. Grave Ref: Plot 8. Row B. Coll. Grave 12 - 15
929 LewisArthur Flying Officer422590AustraliaRAAF635 Sqd RAF
1945-03-31RAAF Honour Roll
930 LeyTrevor ArthurFlying Officer400811AustraliaRAAF27 OTU RAF1943-05-15RAAF Honour Roll
931 LiddyThomas AnthonySergeant22097441924Mid-Upper GunnerRAFVRBomber Command78 Sqn
1944-03-22HalifaxIIILW512EY-QBreighton19:07FrankfurtClaim by Oblt Marin Becker 2./NJG6, his 18th, - 1km North of Kyllburg: 5,200m at 22:39. Crashed at Mohrweiler 10km NNE of Bitburg. Nachtjagd War Diaries Volume 1 (September 1939 - March 1944) - Dr Theo E.W. BoitenKilledRheinberg War Cemetery Plot 8 Row F Collective Grave 13-15Son of Arthur Patrick and Christina Liddy, Of Birkenhead
932 LightbodyHugh ArthurFlight Lieutenant1168931916PilotRAFVRBomber Command515 Sqn
1944-07-14MosquitoVIPZ2933P:?Little Snoring23:55BSCrashed at 02:15, due to the Pilot being blinded by searchlights, about 4km SSW of Chaumont (Namur) and roughly 23 km WSW of Dinant.KilledHotton War Cemetery X.A.12Son of Godfrey Kennett Lightbody and Beatrice Kate Lightbody, of Malvern. Jamaica.
933 LilleyJames CharlesSergeant1391041Air BomberRAFVRBomber Command103 Sqd
1943-04-28LancasterIIIED733PM-XRAF Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire2057Gardening See Archive report for further details KilledEsbjerg Cemetery (Fourfelt). Grave A.10.8

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934 LindbergCharles ArthurFlight OfficerWarrant OfficerT-125024AmericanCo-PilotUS Army Air Force8th Air Force566th Bomber Squadron (389th Bombardment Group (H)),1944-10-15B-24 Maggie’s DrawersJ42-50760RR:M+Hethel (Station #114), Norfolk, EnglandDüsseldorf, GermanySee Archive report for detailsPoW, Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia, Germany, now Żagań in Poland
935 LingoArthur M CaptainO-728686USAPilotUSAAF357th Fighter Group362nd Fighter Squadron
1944-02-25P-51 Mustang0.5 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
936 LingoArthur M CaptainO-728686USAPilotUSAAF357th Fighter Group362nd Fighter Squadron
1944-04-08P-51 Mustang1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
937 ListerHilton ArthurFlight Sergeant Air GunnerNZ/415538RNZAFBomber Command156 Sqd
1943-05-27LancasterIW4943GT-RAF Warboys, Huntingdonshire2312Essen Crashed Otterlosche Buurtbosch, Netherlands KilledEde General Cemetery. Row H. Joint Grave 5. Read Archive Report
938 LittleDerek ArthurSergeant18020921923NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command460 Sqn RAAF
1945-03-12LancasterIII PB187AR:EBinbrook12:55DortmundBefore or during bomb release the a/c was hit by flak twice close to the nose. Flt.Sgt. Bryant was killed instantly. Flt.Sgt. Sweetman was also hit and fell unconscious over the forward escape hatch. Flt.Sgt. Little was injured but provided a heading to Plt.Off Burgess, who was also injured, to the nearest emergency landing field in Allied hands. The a/c was seen by by Flt.Lt. Jolly fly ing AR:U (460 Sqn) leaving the target area.

The crew tried unsuccessfully to jettison the remaining bombs and were then told to prepare to bail out. They were in position to bail out and when the a/c was down to 5000 ft Sgt. Grant bailed out. Although he thought he saw another of the crew bail out with a damaged parachute, only he had escaped.

The a/c crashed and exploded at the tram depot Duisburg-Meiderich. The remains of the crew were initially buried in a bomb crater near the depot. Excavations of the forth of six craters revealed the remains of the crew. They could not be individually identified.
KilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll.grave 14.C.4-8Son of Arthur William and Agnes Little, of Puttenham, Surrey
939 LittleEdwin JohnWing Commander3757328th September 1914, Elstree, HertfordshirePilot (Captain)DFC

Three MiD

RAFBomber Command623 Sqn
1943-08-31StirlingIIIEE949IC:GDownham Market20:29BerlinClaimed by Fw. Hans Kugler, his 1st Abschuss from 6./JG300, 25km WSW Brandenburg at 4500 m at 00:35 hrs. Also claimed by Flak of 4./schw. Flak Abt. 495. Crashed at Werbig, 9 km NW of Belzig. The victory was confirmed for Fw. Kugler on the 2.8.1944. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (23 June - 22 September) 1943 Part 2 - Theo Boiten)KilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 118Wg.Cdr. Little joined the RAF in February 1936. He had also served with 11 OTU, where he had been the Chief Flying Instructor.

His three times MiD was unusual. DFC awarded whilst with 40 Sqn, Gazetted 24th October 1941. MiD, gazetted 11th June 1942. MiD, gazetted 1st January 1943. No record of the third MiD found.

Son of Arthur William and Elizabeth Alice Little, of Watford, Hertfordshire.
940 LlewellynArthur BevanFlight Sergeant423544AustraliaRAAF12 Sqd RAF
1944-10-23RAAF Honour Roll
941 LloydGriffith ArthurSergeant13320391922NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command419 Sqd RCAF
1943-02-18HalifaxIIDT639VR-BMiddleton St George1751GardeningMine laying duties off the Frisian Islands. Lost without traceKilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 157Son of Griffith Norman and Ella Constance Lloyd, of Selsley, Gloucestershire
942 LloydGriffith Arthur Sergeant13320391922NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command419 Sqd RCAF
1942-10-10WellingtonIIIBK335VR-YTrainingWhen the crew were landing at RAF Croft the a/c touched down but the pilot was forced to overshoot after the undercarriage was damaged. The a/c climbed into the air again, the port engine then failed as it was making a turn and may also have caught fire. The pilot lost control of the a/c and it crashed near "South Walmire Farm" at 1443 hrsInjured, Killed in Action 18 Feb 1943 419 Sqn Halifax DT639
943 LodgeErnest ArthurSergeant1891173Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command576 Sqn
1944-03-24LancasterIIILM469UL-E2Elsham Wolds19:00BerlinShot down. Exploded and crashed at Kohra, 3 km from Naunhof where those who died were initially buried on 28th March 1944KilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Plot 1 Row Z Grave 10
944 LoganFred W J HFlight Sergeant1853029Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command463 Sqd RAAF
1945-04-25LancasterIRA542JO-ZWaddington2014Tonsberg Emergency landing at Satenas airfield InternedArchive Report RA542
945 LoginoffNeville ArthurLeading Aircraftman405631AustraliaRAAF1 Service Flying Training School (RCAF)1942-02-24RAAF Honour Roll
946 LohbeckArthur H 1st LtO-758194USAPilotUSAAF367th Fighter Group393rd Fighter Squadron1945-04-05P-38 Lightning1 Luftwaffe destroyedSource: afhra.maxwell.af.mil
ETO (European Theatre)
947 LonerganHilton ArthurAircraftman Class 122201AustraliaRAAF500 Sqd RAF
1941-12-01RAAF Honour Roll
948 LongArthur StephenFlight SergeantAUS/425328Born on the 27th November 1922AustraliaNavigatorRAAFBomber Command15 Sqd
1944-05-31LancasterILM121LS-CRAF Mildenhall, Suffolk2357Trappes See archive report for further brief details KilledMarissel French National Cemetery. Collective grave 233-235.
Courtesy Jenifer Lemaire
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949 LongWilliam Charles ArthurSergeant Air Gunner1600540RAFVRBomber Command617 Sqd
1943-05-16LancasterIIIED865AJ-SRAF Scampton, Lincolnshire.0011.Chastise: Dambusters Raid Crashed near Gilze Rijen Holland KilledBergen op Zoom War Cemetery. Coll. Grave 24.B.5-7
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950 LongW ASergeant752386Age ?Flight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command149 Sqd
1943-08-23StirlingIIIEE894OJ-RRAF Lakenheath, Suffolk2035Berlin See archive report for further details PoW No: 222527 Camp: 4b - Stalag Mühlberg-ElbeNone Read Archive Report

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