LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Douglas George LEDSAM

Service No: 423017
Born: Marrickville NSW, 22 October 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 18 June 1942
Unit: No. 467 Squadron, RAF Station Waddington, Lincolnshire
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 467 Squadron Lancaster aircraft LM552), Irish Sea, 11 June 1944, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Moreton Lamrock Ledsam and Harriet Edith Ledsam, of Enfield, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 257, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 111, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Lancaster LM552 took off from RAF Waddington on the night of 11/12th June 1944 and failed to return from a night cross country training flight. No trace of the missing aircraft or crew was found. Part of the exercise involved flying over the Irish Sea. The crew had only arrived at the Squadron the previous day, and LM552 was a fairly new operational aircraft.

The crew members of LM552 were:

Flying Officer Dudley Victor Black (410229) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant James Ian Gamble (421721) (Wireless Operator Air)
Sergeant John Hodgson (1625672) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Pilot Officer Peter Kenneth Horton (175003) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Douglas George Ledsam (423017) (Bomb Aimer)
Sergeant Alfred Allan Marrow (1425192) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)
Sergeant Robert Hunter Towns (2220094) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)

References:

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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/24/470