Flight Sergeant Lewis William MARTIN

Service No: 416876
Born: Cumberland SA, 26 August 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 October 1941
Unit: No. 1662 Conversion Unit (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1662 Conversion Unit Lancaster aircraft W4314), Lincolnshire, 1 September 1943, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Cambridge City Cemetery, Cambridgeshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Oliver and Irene Adelaide Martin, of Cumberland, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Adelaide SA
Remembered: Panel 127, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

On the night of 31st August/1st September 1943, Lancaster W4314 took off from RAF Blyton on a long night cross country training flight. The aircraft flew into the ground at 0325 hours near Laughton, five miles north north east of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. All the crew members were killed.

The crew members of W4314 were:

Flight Sergeant John Mayo Borthwick (413518) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant William Bradshaw (1673635) (RAF) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Peter Raymond Good (417068) (Air Bomber)
Flight Sergeant Sinclair August Grant (414931) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant George Howard (1622642) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Lewis William Martin (416876) (Pilot)
Sergeant Thomas Stearman (1080326) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper 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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/27/215

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