23/24.02.1945 239 Squadron Mosquito NF.30 NT354 Flt Sgt. Twigg
Date: 23rd/24th February 1945 (Friday/Saturday)
Unit: 239 Squadron
Type: Mosquito NF.30
Base: RAF West Raynham, Norfolk
Location: RAF Foulsham, Norfolk
Pilot: Flt Sgt. Leonard Eric Twigg 1681108 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Nav: Flt Sgt. R.H. Turner RAFVR Survived - injured
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 17:52 hrs on a Bomber Support sortie on an operation to Pforzheim.
On return the weather had seriously deteriorated and the pilot decided to divert to RAF Foulsham where they had the FIDO facility. (Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operation) .The pilot came into land at 22:40 hrs just as FIDO was being lit and it is reasonable to suppose that he was hampered by the large volume of smoke created at this juncture. He did in fact miss the runway altogether, touching down some 70 yards to one side and colliding with a Halifax parked at a dispersal pan No. 8. The Navigator survived but injured as he was thrown clear in resultant crash. The pilot was killed.
They Halifax was totally destroyed in the fire that erupted. No crew aboard the Halifax.
A memorial to ex-employees of Robert Jenkins in Rotherham is due to be unveiled at St. Pauls Church - local to the Jenkins works which is due for demolition. The dedication service is to be held on the 25th November 2017 - Flt Sgt. Leonard Eric Twigg is one of those named.
Above: Flt Sgt. Twigg (credit Alan Goy)
Flt Sgt. Leonard Eric Twigg. Brinsworth Churchyard (St. George) Sec. B. Grave 91. Grave inscription reads: "Young And Brave Met By Fate; Lord Reward Him At The Heavenly Gate".Born on the 3rd September 1921, the son of Leonard and Beatrice Twigg (née Bailey and husband of Kathleen Jessie Twigg (née Charlesworth), of Brinsworth, Rotherham, Yorkshire, England.
With thanks to Leslie Leng for bringing this loss to our attention. Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew. Thanks to Alan Goy for the image of Flt Sgt Twigg who was a distant relative (Oct 2021). Thanks to sources indicated below