WATSON Andrew Maitland 1341027

LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Andrew Maitland WATSON

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 1341027 (RAFVR)
Born: Date, Location Unavailable
Enlisted in the RAF: Date Unavailable
Unit: No. 626 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Wickenby
Died: Air Operations (No. 626 Squadron Lancaster I aircraft PA216), North West Europe, 18 February 1945, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Andrew Maitland Watson and Williamina Neisham Watson of Rivervale, Western Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 277, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK

At 1754 hours on 18 February 1945, Lancaster PA216 took off from Wickenby on a Gardening (Mine Laying) Mission in the German Bight and was lost without trace. The crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

The crew members of PA216 were:

Pilot Officer George Peter Holmes (195238) (RAFVR)
Flight Sergeant Ernest Eric Jenkins (1866002) (RAFVR)
Flight Sergeant Robert Lea Lewis (1601794) (RAFVR)
Flying Officer Harold Leslie Lucas (179534) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Sergeant Francis Walter Underhill (1009395) (RAFVR)
Sergeant Andrew Maitland Watson (1341027) (RAFVR)
Flight Sergeant John Webber (2221273) (RAFVR)

References:

Chorley W R Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War Volume 6 Aircraft and Aircrew Losses 1945, Midland Counties Publications UK, 1998
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records