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615 Squadron Crest
22.06.1940 No. 615 Squadron Hurricane I P2764 P/O. John R. Lloyd

Operation: Patrol

Date: 22nd June 1940 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 615 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: P2764

Base: RAF Kenley

Location: Rouen, France

Pilot: P/O. John Richard Lloyd 90569 RAF Age 30. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During a patrol in the morning of the 22nd June, P/O. Lloyd was attacked and shot down by a Bf110 near Rouen. Thought to have been the Luftwaffe ace Lt. Kuno-Adalbert Konopka (1) of 7./ZG 26 with the attack taking place at 09.10 hrs.

He is buried at the La Malleraye-sur-Seine Communal Cemetery where two Canadians from the crew of 428 Squadron Lancaster KB756 NA-Q are also buried.

(1) Lt. Kuno-Adalbert Konopka killed on the 26th September, 1940 during aerial combat at Freshwater, Isle of Wight. His unnamed gunner also KIA. One known victory, his 1st, a Hawk-75A on 21 May, 1940, no location. His 2nd, a Hurricane on 14 June, 1940, no location. His 3rd, another Hurricane on 22 June, 1940, Rouen, France. A 4th, a Spitfire over England on 10 July, 1940. His 5th and 6th, two Spitfires over England on 18 August, 1940. His 7th, a Spitfire on 26 August, 1940, no location. (See credits)

Burial details: 

P/O. John Richard Lloyd. La Malleraye-sur-Seine Communal Cemetery. Row 1. Grave 1. Son of Lt.-Col. Sir John Conway Lloyd M.C. Born on the 19th April 1878 - died October 4th 1954, and Lady Marion Clive Lloyd of Abercynrig, Brecknockshire. The ashes of his father were scattered on the grave of his son. His son is also commemorated on a gravestone in the churchyard. Lady Marion Clive Lloyd was born on the 17th October 1883 - died October 4th 1962, Lady Marion Lloyd is buried at Llanfrynach St. Brynach Churchyard. P/O. Lloyd was born on the 13th May 1911 in Brecon, Wales. Both graves are inscribed “A Happy Warrior’. Granted a commission as Acting Pilot Officer on 3rd December 1938. He was confirmed in his appointment and graded as Pilot Officer on 7th July 1939.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot, with thanks to Kate Tame for grave photograph and visiting the Cemetery in 2012. Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1-3, Tom Kracker - 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives'. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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