Born: 1919, Ipswich.

Died: 28th June 1944; age 25; killed when aircraft was shot down at Icklingham, Suffolk.

Residence: 64, Felix Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Draughtsman at Messrs. Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies Ltd., Orwell Works, Ipswich.


Promoted to Sergeant – 11th March 1944.


Rank: Pilot Officer; Service Number: 173008

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 90 Squadron.


Grave Reference:

  1. 31.73.

Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Amos Albert & Esther Todd, of Ipswich; husband of Joan Lilian Todd, of Ipswich.


Father: Amos Albert Todd, born November 1886, Ipswich.

Mother: Esther Todd (nee Buxton), born 1894, Ipswich.


In 1942, Ipswich, Cyril married Joan Lilian Hutchinson, born November 1917.


Leading Aircraftman Cyril Todd trained at No.1 British Flying Training School, Terrell, Texas.


28th June 1944


Aircraft: Lancaster III; serial number: NE145; Code: WP-D, based at R.A.F. Tuddenham, Suffolk. NE145 took-off from R.A.F. Tuddenham, at 23:41hrs, for Operation: Biennais – to bomb the flying bomb-site at Etaimpuis-Biennais, Normandy, France. On the return flight NE145 was attacked by a ME 410 and shot down, the Lancaster crashed at Canada Farm, Icklingham, Suffolk. Leutnant Markan of the 4./KG51, flying at 350 metres, claimed the shooting down of the aricraft at 02:27hrs. All 7 members of the crew were killed.


William Alexander Burnett; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; age 23; R.A.F.V.R.

Robert Jeffrey Ferrans; Sergeant/Navigator; age 24; R.A.F.V.R.

Richard James Travers Hawkes; Flight Sergeant/Air Bomber; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Joseph Kenneth Horn; Sergeant/Flight Engineer; age 21; R.A.F.

Cyril Sayer’s photograph courtesy of Lesley Wheeler.

Cyril Thomas Sayer; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.

Douglas James Smith; Sergeant/Air Gunner; age 19; R.A.F.V.R.


Cyril is also remembered by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies with entrance gates, dedicated in May 1958, at Ransomes Sports’ Centre, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich, and on the war memorial at St. Augustine of Hippo Church, Ipswich.

1944 Ipswich Evening Star newspaper

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