Harry Lewis

Graveyard / Begraafplaats: Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery
Location / Locatie: EE coll. grave 86-88

Militairy Service / Krijgsdienst: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Rang: Sergeant
Regiment: 156 Sqdn.
Number / Nummer: 1080678

Age / Leeftijd: 23
Date of death / Overlijdensdatum: 26/07/1943

Son of Harry and Mary Lewis from Burnley; Lancashire
Husband of Winifred Lewis from Burnley.

Harry married Winifred (Winnie) Brierley in Burnley at the end of 1941. Their only child Sandra M Lewis was born in Burnley in 1944 after he died, so he never met his daughter.

On July 26 1943 crashed around 1:40 pm at Hamlet ‘t Kantje an Avro Lancaster III 156 Squadron down, flown by F / O J.M. Hudson. This night bombers were shot down over Lieshout, Elsendorp and Oisterwijk.

The aircraft was on a mission to Essen. It was first hit by a German night fighter and then attacked again by Maj Streib of 1 / NGJ. Almost the entire crew came to this crash to: pilot F / O John Melvill Hudson (21); navigator Sgt Albert James Ede (22); radio operator and gunner Sgt Harry Lewis (23); Flight Engineer Sgt Jeffrey Burroughs (21) and gunner Sgt William Edward Wakeman (21). One crew member was able to leave the plane timely K. Weaver. he was taken prisoner by the Germans.

Large newspaper entry is from 1944. The small one is from 1952.

Source Dorothy Ramser

Related / Gerelateerde
John Melvill Hudson - Flying Officer
Albert James Ede - Sergeant
Jeffrey Burroughs - Sergeant
William Edward Wakeman - Sergeant
Ernest Edward Alexander Ambridge - Sergeant

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