Born: 1923, Ipswich.

Died: 28th/29th August 1944; age: 21 – Operation to supply Warsaw Rising.


Rank: Sergeant/Air Bomber; Service Number: 1800182.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 34 Squadron – South African Air Force – Liberator.


Grave Reference:

Collective Grave I. D. 1-6.

Budapest Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Cyril Edmund & Lillah Elizabeth Lever, of Ipswich.


Father: Cyril Edmund Lever, born July 1893, Reading, Berkshire.

Mother: Lilliah Elizabeth Lever (nee Allard), born December 1890, Debenham, Suffolk.


Bernard is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Augustine of Hippo, Ipswich.


28th/29th August 1944


Aircraft: Liberator Mk.VI; Serial number: EW-165; Code: ‘F’. Took off at 19:40 from Celone, Italy with 6 other Liberators to lay mines in the Danube near Belgrade. The aircraft was hit by flak, and fell in flames, exploding as it crashed into the property of Dr. M. Novak near Mohacs, at 23:19. As several of the airman tried to bail out their parachutes caught fire. Sergeant Hancock survived by falling into a tree, suffering a broken leg. He became a POW in Germany.


Captain/Pilot; John Frederick Munro; age 31; S.A.A.F.

Lieutenant/Pilot; Roy David Marthinus Van der Spuy; age 27; S.A.A.F.

Lieutenant/Observer; Patrick St. John Alexander; age 23; S.A.A.F.

Sergeant/Wireless Operator; William Henry Grice; age22; R.A.F.V.R.

Paul Ansell Creux courtesy of Paul Greg

Warrant Officer/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Paul Ansell Creux; age 19; S.A.A.F. (picture)

Sergeant/Wireless Operator; Hancock; R.A.F.V.R. POW.

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