24.03.1944 No. 165 Squadron Spitfire IX MH827 SK-V P/O. Lewis
Date: 24th March 1944 (Friday)
Unit: No. 165 Squadron (motto: Infensa virtuti invidia - 'Envy is the foe of virtue')
Type: Spitfire IX
Base: RAF Culmhead
Location: Quimper, France
Pilot: P/O. Eric Russell Lewis AUS/407750 RAAF Age 22. PoW No: 4254 Camp: Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a ranger operation to the Kerlin Bastard airfield in the morning the aircraft was hit in the radiator by anti-aircraft fire over Quimper, France. A short time later the engine seized and the pilot managed to crash land his Spitfire and was found unconscious. Taken to hospital in Paris with a broken rib and cuts about the head. then taken PoW. Finally liberated by the Russian army on the 16th May 1945.
None - survived the war as F/O. Born on the 15th June 1922 at Adelaide, South Australia. Joined 165 Squadron from 58 Operational Training Unit on the 13th April 1943. As a student he then joined the RAAF. Lived at 63 Halton Terrace, Kensington Park, Adelaide.
For further details our thanks to the National Archives of Australia and to following sources.