Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.
Born: 1912, Edmonton, Middlesex.
Died: 14th July 1942; age: 30; aircraft crash at Tannington, Suffolk.
Residence: 1, Drapers Road, Enfield, London.
Occupation: Aero Engineering Draughtsman.
Joined 1939, and trained as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner. Served with No. 150 Squadron from July 1942.
Rank: Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Service Number: 934086
Regiment: Royal Air Force, 150 Squadron.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Emma Louise Perry, of Selsey, Sussex.
Father: William Lynton Perry, born February 1875, Edmonton, Middlesex, a Nurseryman.
Mother: Emma Louise Perry (nee Hammatt), born 1877, Holborn, London.
Lionel’s headstone also remembers his two brothers lost:
“With his brothers Leonard & Gordon who also died for their country.”
Gordon Hardy Perry, died 24th March 1945, aged 38, at Sandakan Prisoner of War Camp, Burma. A Bombardier, service number 1485584, of the Royal Artillery, 48 Battery, 21 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment. Gordon’s final resting place was unknown, he is remembered on the Singapore Memorial, column 8.
14th July 1942
Aircraft: Vickers Wellington; serial number: X3797; code: JN-A; based: Snaith, East Yorkshire; Operation: tasked to bomb Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. JN-A was one of 10 Vickers Wellingtons of No. 150 taking part in a force of 194 aircraft of Bomber Command. The aircraft took off at 10 minutes past midnight. The weather was very bad with cloud, severe icing and thunderstorms. The iciung became so bad that John Sykes decided to abandon the mission and the bomb load was jettisoned. He was attempting to reach Martlesham Heath, Suffolk but the aircraft crashed at Tannington, Suffolk at 03:00hrs. Three of the crew were killed and three survived.
John David Wilson Sykes; Sergeant/Pilot; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.
John William Calvert; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 31; R.A.F.V.R.
J. Moffatt; Sergeant; injured.
E.S. Hayes; Pilot Officer; injured.
F. Mellis; Sergeant/Navigator; injured.
Aircraft information courtesy of John Allan.