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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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23.01.1944 No. 227 Squadron R.A.F. Beaufighter X JL905 F/O. Hutchison Crew loss

Operation: Anti-shipping

Date: 23rd January 1944 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 227 Squadron

Type: Beaufighter X

Serial: JL905

Code: ?

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


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                      

Burial details:

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.

KTY 03.07.2015 Page updated/Map

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