Flying Officer Oliver John Trevor LEWIS

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 40054 (RAF)
Born: Artarmon NSW, 7 September 1915
Enlisted in the RAF: 1937
Unit: No. 37 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Feltwell, Norfolk
Died: Air Operations: (No. 37 Squadron Wellington aircraft N2889), North Sea, 18 December 1939, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Oliver James Lewis and Vera Ernestine Lewis, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 1, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Supplementary Panel 12, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Flying Officer Lewis was an Australian Cadet trained for the RAF who embarked for the UK on 17 July 1937.

During a reconnaissance mission along the Germany coast, Wellington N2889 broke up in the air and crashed into the sea off Wilhelmshaven following a sustained fighter aircraft attack. The crew members were:

Sergeant Maurice William Barrington-Taylor (516752) (RAF) (Observer)
Aircraftman Class I George Warne Geddes (539328) (RAF) (Air Gunner) PoW, Died from wounds: 19 December 1939
Aircraftman Class I Peter Thomas Jones (540554) (RAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Oliver John Trevor Lewis (40054) (RAF) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Roderick Menzie Ross (41070) (RAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Chorley W R Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War Volume 1 Aircraft and Aircrew Losses 1939-1940, Midland Counties Publications, Leicester UK, 1992
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll: Not Recorded
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record: Not Recorded
Newton, Dennis A Few of the Few: Australians and the Battle of Britain, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT 2600, 1990

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