15.05.1940 No. 13 Squadron Lysander II L6885 (L4813) P/O. Ollerenshaw
Date: 15th May 940 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 13 Squadron 50 Wing British Expeditionary Force (motto: Adjuvamus tuendo - 'We assist by watching')
Type: Westland Lysander II
Serial: L6885 (L4813)
Base: RAF Doual, France
Location: Meerdaal Forest, Leuven, France
Pilot: P/O. Alan Christie Ollerenshaw 41729 RAF Age 19. Killed
Air/Gnr: LAC. Charles Francis Lucas 937157 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at around midday on the 15th May and it is understood that they were shot down by Oblt. Willi Fronhöfer of 9./JG-6 crashing in the forest at Meerdaal shortly afterwards.
note: We have listed two serial numbers of this Lysander as it is unclear which one he was flying at the time. Open to new evidence.
P/O. Alan Christie Ollerenshaw. Leuven Communal Cemetery. Row A. Grave 6. Son of Reginald Allen Ollerenshaw and Sarah Jane Ollerenshaw, of Aldergate Road, Hillsborough, Auckland, New Zealand.
LAC. Charles Francis Lucas. Leuven Communal Cemetery. Row A. Grave 7. Son of Charles and Lena Lucas, of Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. Grave inscription reads: "The Souls Of The Righteous Are In The Hand Of God".
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: