Flying Officer Llewellyn Alfred DAVIES

Service No: 401304
Born: Caulfield VIC, 6 September 1908
Enlisted in the RAAF: 1 February 1941
Unit: No. 97 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Woodhall Spa
Died: Air Operations: (No. 97 Squadron Lancaster aircraft R5558), off the Norfolk Coast, 14 July 1942, Aged 33 Years
Buried: Great Bircham (St Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Alfred Ebenezer and Hazel Winifred Davies; husband of Hazel Margaret Davies, of Canterbury, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Caulfield VIC
Remembered: Panel 121, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0050 hours on the morning of 14 July 1942 Lancaster R5558 took off from Woodhall Spa to bomb Duisberg, Germany. At 0430 hours the aircraft crashed into the sea four miles off Wells, Norfolk. The aircraft returned by the correct route and with low cloud was down to 300 feet on return it asked for two QDMs (magnetic heading to base). All the crew members were killed in the crash.

The crew members of R5558 were:

Pilot Officer John Thomas Blease (405221) (RNZAF) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Llewellyn Alfred Davies (401304) (Navigator)
Sergeant Bryan Earnshaw (1057318) (RAFVR) (Front Gunner)
Sergeant Cecil Gordon Leitch (571775) (RAF) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Allan Jeremiah McPhee (R/75116) (RCAF) (Mid Gunner)
Sergeant Leslie Robinson (1128848) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Flight Sergeant James Tales (755804) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/27/140

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