DAVIES, Lancelot Walter

No.1332402, Sgt, Lancelot Walter DAVIES
Aged 21

199 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in Action on 28th August 1943

Born Lancelot Walter Davies HUNT in 1st qtr 1921 Bury St.Edmunds 4a:1745, son of Olive May HUNT. His mother married James Lancelot Richard DAVIES [9-8-1899] carpenter/joiner, in Bury St.Edmunds in 3rd qtr 1921.br> His mother died in 1926 and father married Florence May GLOVER in 1929 and was at of 23 Grove Park, Bury St.Edmunds in the 1939 register.

Short Stirling Mk 3 bomber, EE913 c/s EX-F of 199 Squadron, piloted by P/Off Thomas Odgers (RAAF), took off from RAF Lakenheath on a mission to bomb Nuremberg on 28th August 1943. Using H2S to navigate to the target, the H2S was checked on the way by 27 Pathfinder aircraft dropping 1,000lb bombs on Heilbronn.
Nuremburg was cloud free and initially pathfinder markers were accurate, but creep back occurred and most bombs fell harmlessly in open country SSW of the city.
EX-F was intercepted by Oblt Albert WALTER of 1/NJG6 near Geiselwind and crashed in flames at Futtersee, killing all the crew.

Pilot - P/Off T R Odgers (RAAF); Engineer - F/Sgt C E Gregory (RAF); Navigator - F/Sgt R E J Rees (RAFVR); Obs/Bomb Aimer - Sgt L W Davies (RAFVR); W.Op/Air Guuner - Sgt B J Barton (RAFVR) ; Air Gnr - Sgt T W A Wilkes (RAFVR); Air Gnr - F/Sgt B T E Parker (RNZAF).

photo C.W.G.C.

Lancelot Davies is buried in Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany 9:B:14
whole crew originally buried in Futtersee Churchyard, re-interred on 12/6/1948

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