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    Default F/S Leonard Maldwyn Lewis - 1653266 - Died 24/1/45 - 14 Sqd

    Hello to you all,

    Can someone help me with this Airman, as per usual would like to know:-

    Base;

    Aircraft Flown/Flown in;

    Serial No and Code;

    Possible Crashsite;

    F/S Lewis is buried in Machynlleth Nonconformist Cemetery.

    Appreciative as always.

    Cheers.

    Steve.

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    Hi Steve
    Lewis' name didn't show up on the England and Wales Death Register so it is possible that he died in Scotland , N Ireland or Eire. At the time of his death 14 Sqn had returned to the UK, Oct '44, and by Nov '44 were flying Wellington XIV's, based at Chivenor, Devon, having flown Marauders in N Africa and Italy.( Jefford's- RAF Sqns)
    I have no source that would tell me if he died in an a/c, but if it was the case I think it possible that they were with Coastal Command on Anti Sub or ASR Duties or else training and winding down. The Sqn was disbanded in May '45 and the number allocated to a Mosquito Sqn in Scotland.
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    Steve,

    14 Sqn, following its return to the UK to serve under Coastal Command, did not commence op flying until 2 Feb 45. So Lewis died either in a flying training accident or from a non-flying cause.

    Errol

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    Died of wounds or injuries received on active service - Flight magazine

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    Five lost on that date

    001 BAXTER, E 1095468 24/01/1945
    002 CHRISTON, E 1498161 24/01/1945
    003 LEWIS, LM 1653266 24/01/1945
    004 ROWLAND, JMJ 182793 24/01/1945
    005 TAYLOR, RJ 1600745 24/01/1945

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    Hi Steve
    All 5 on Amrit's list are listed by CWGC as being on 14 Sqn. Baxter, Christon and Taylor are on the Runnymede Memorial(no known graves). The other 2 are Buried in the UK but neither come up on the England and Wales Register for the appropriate Qtr. It could mean a loss at sea, say whilst converting to the Wellington, with 2 bodies being recovered and taken home for burial, the recovery, and hence the registration, being outside England and Wales.
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    Dick

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    AB Serials has Wellington XIV MF450 of 14s as flew into sea off Lundy Island during Leigh-light exercise on 24-Jan-45

    Presumably Amrit's list comprise the crew

    dg

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    Hi Steve
    If dg and Amrit have indeed provided a/c and crew from an accident, then bodies recovered nr Lundy Is ought to have come/been landed ashore within the England and Wales register area.The alternative would have been Ireland depending on crash site and currents etc. Neither Lewis or Rowland are on the register and for both I looked at all Qtrs of 1945.
    Regards
    Dick
    Last edited by Dick; 24th November 2008 at 09:36.

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    Default F/S Leonard Maldwyn Lewis - 1653266 - Died 24/1/45 - 14 Sqd

    Gentlemen,

    Good day to you all, thanks very much for the interesting posts. Also, to know where he was actually recovered before burial back in Wales. Maybe the currents could have taken them to the Irish Coast which as been mentioned by Dick. It is something to ponder over and try to find out.

    Take care all.

    Steve.

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    I've one surviving crewmember of the Wellington (unconfirmed source): P/O C.J. CAMPBELL - RAAF 430620.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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