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F/O A C Lockyer
F/O A C Lockyer and crew were posted to 550 Sqdn from 1654 CU w.e.f 13/03/45:
- F/O A C Lockyer (P) [KIA]
- Sgt F E Drawbridge (F/Eng) [Surv]
- Sgt W Berry (Nav) [KIA]
- W/O H L Farmer (A/B) [KIA]
- Sgt L Elliot (W/Op) [KIA]
- Sgt S Matthews (MU/AG) [KIA]
- Sgt D Lucey (R/AG) [KIA]
The Lockyer crew, in NG132, were shot down while on a training exercise by an intruder (Fw Rudi Morenz from 1V.NJG2), over the Humber estuary 18:00 17 Mar 1945. Theirs was the last Bomber Command aircraft to be shot down over the UK in WWII. There was only one surviver, Sgt T. Drawbridge (F/Eng).
The entry on the 550 Squadron Roll of Honour is available here.
Other information about the flight and the target available here.
As a "spare bod" Sgt T. Drawbridge went on to flew ops with a number of other crews, including the following:
Station Narrative No. 17
This narrative, included in the Station Operational Record Book, is the report interrogation of Sgt Drawbridge following the loss of NG132:
|Lockyer crew, Training, 17/18 Mar 1945
Interrogation of Sgt Drawbridge (sole survivor of crash)
|(pg. 2 of 2)|