Sergeant Ernest Joseph LAWER

Service No: 404344
Born: Liston NSW, 5 March 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 August 1940 (at Brisbane QLD)
Unit: No. 10 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 10 Squadron Halifax aircraft W1056), off the Dutch Coast, 3 July 1942, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick and Mary Ann Lawer, of Stanthorpe, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Stanthorpe QLD
Remembered: Panel 112, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 125, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 2305 hours on 3 July 1942, Halifax W1056 took off from Leeming to attack Bremen, Germany, and crashed into the sea off the Dutch coast at 0140 hours. All the crew members were killed.

The crew members of W1056 were:

Sergeant Henry Arthur George (1317130) (RAFVR)
Sergeant Harold John Gill (652637) (RAF)
Sergeant David Morris Jones (549292) (RAF)
Sergeant Ernest Joseph Lawer (404344) (Pilot)
Sergeant Joseph John Francis Martin (751921) (RAFVR) Remains recovered
Sergeant Robert Tom Charles Martin (1381993) (RAFVR)
Sergeant Owen Llewellyn Williams (1379186) (RAFVR)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Chorley W R, Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, Volume 3 Aircraft and Aircrew Losses 1942, Midland Counties Publications UK, 1994
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9301, 404344