49 Squadron Hampden X3054 P/O. Wilson "Further info sought"
Date: 21/22nd March 1941 (Friday/Saturday)
Unit: No. 49 Squadron
Type: Hampden I
Base: RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire
Location: Hameldown Tor, Dartmoor, England
Pilot: P/O. Robert David Wilson 79546 RAFVR Age 25. Killed
Obs/pilot: Sgt. Richard Leonard Ashburton Ellis 742693 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ronald Brames 755275 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Charles John Lyon 974218 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Aircrew Remembered have been contacted by a fellow researcher who is writing a book regarding this loss - if you have any further information on anything we would be pleased to hear from you. Please use the 'add info' button on the top right of page. Thank you.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Very few details are available as to why they crashed but a researcher who has contacted us, is writing a book about this and although he is in contact with relatives of the pilot and the observer they would also like to make contact with the two wireless operator's / air gunners.
It is known that they took off at 18.20 hrs from RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire joining 42 Hampdens to lay mines in the Brest, Lorient and St.Naziere areas as shown on the map below.
P/O. (The Hon.) Robert David Wilson. Exeter Higher Cemetery. Sec. Z.K. Grave 6. Son of Charles Henry Wellesley Wilson, 2nd Baron Nunburnholme CB DSO, and of Marjorie Lady Nunburnholme (nee Wynn-Carrington), of Chelsea, London, England.
Sgt. Richard Leonard Ashburton Ellis. Exeter Higher Cemetery. Sec. Z.K. Grave 7. Son of Leonard Erasmus Ellis and of Evelyn le Hunte Ellis (nee Barnes), of Kloof, Natal, South Africa. Further information: Represented Malvern for the Ashburton Shield at Bisley, and in the Public Schools Athletics (Hurdles) at the White City.
Sgt. Ronald Brames. Eltham (St. John the Baptist) Churchyard. Sec. A. Grave 223E. Son of James and Catherine Tamar Brames, of New Eltham, London, England
Sgt. Charles John Lyon. Prescott Cemetery. Sec. 1. Grave 87. on of Robert and Mary Ellen Lyon, of Prescot, Liverpool, England.
Researched for relatives of the crew in the hope that others may come forward. With thanks to 'Spike' Howells, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol. 2', The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries'.