23.01.1944 No. 227 Squadron R.A.F. Beaufighter X JL905 F/O. Hutchison Crew loss
Date: 23rd January 1944 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 227 Squadron
Type: Beaufighter X
Base: Berka III, Benghazi, Libya
Location: Mediterranean Sea
Pilot: F/O. Richard Balman Hutchison J/21234 RCAF Age 26. Missing
Navigator: Fl/Sgt. Leslie Sawle 1080661 RAFVR Age 22. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
Whilst on an anti-shipping patrol off Southern Greece - Beaufighter JL905 failed to return. No trace of the aircraft or crew members were found - both are remembered on the Alamein War Memorial.
Above: Navigator of JL905 Fl/Sgt. Leslie Sawle (courtesy Janet Chappell)
Right: Alamein Memorial
F/O. Richard Balman Hutchison. Alamein War Memorial Panel 281. Son of William P. and Cherry O. Hutchison. Springside, Ohio, USA.
Fl/Sgt. Leslie Sawle. Alamein War Memorial Panel 280. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Sawle, of Sheffield, England.
Researched for the niece of Fl/Sgt. Sawle, Janet Chappell and relatives of F/O. Hutchison. With thanks to Les Allison and Harry Hayward - "They Shall Grow Not Old", Commonwealth War Graves Commission.