Born: 1923, Hartismere, Suffolk.

Died: 30th July 1944; age: 21; an aircraft accident.

Employed: at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.


Rank: Pilot Officer/Bomb Aimer; Service Number: 177641.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 57 Squadron.


Medals Awarded: Distinguished Flying Medal. London Gazette 18th May 1944 & 15th August 1944.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 212.

Runnymede Memorial,

Englefield Green,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Elias & Festina Scuffins, of Ipswich.


Father: Elias Scuffins, born August 1891, Mendlesham, Suffolk.

Mother: Festina Scuffins (nee Osborne), born 1897, Wilby, Suffolk.


Gordon is also remembered by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies with entrance gates, dedicated in May 1958, at Ransomes Sports’ Centre, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich.

30th July 1944


On the 29th July 1944, the Lancaster Mk I, LM284 was delivered to 57 Squadron at East Kirkby. On the 30th July, on a post-delivery air test the aircraft was lost and presumed crashed in The Wash. 207 Squadron personnel made up most of the 55 Base Test Crew.

Donald Leslie Davies D.F.C.; Flight Officer/Pilot; age: 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Arthur Hayes Allison D.F.M.; Flight Sergeant/Navigator; age: 22; R.A.F.V.R.

Basil Oliver Hunt; Pilot Officer/Mid Upper Gunner; age: 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Frederick Willis Logan D.F.C.; Pilot Officer/Rear Gunner; age: 20; R.C.A.F.

Cyril Gidman D.F.C.; Pilot Officer/Rear Gunner; age: 35; R.A.F.V.R.


A 4,000 pound “cookie” the crew are lounging on

Photographs courtesy of Geoff Gidman. Thanks too to Tony Pringle for help to compile this page.

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