Born: 1921, Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
Died: 13th June 1944; age 23; killed in an explosion.
Rank: Aircraftman 1st Class; Service Number: 1426713.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 605 Squadron.
Father: William Foster, born December 1886, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. A Chimney Sweep.
Mother: Florence Foster (nee Warden), born 1886, Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
In 1933, Ronald, and his sister Constance Foster (born 1925, Rotherham), walked with their father, William, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire to Ipswich. His mother, Florence, brother Oscar Foster, (born June 1910, 56, Frederick Street, Rotherham), and sister Edna Foster (born September 1911, 9, Wortley Road, Rotherham) stayed together in Rotherham. William Foster lived at 4, Borrett’s Buildings, (91 – 101) Norwich Road, Ipswich. William was a Chimney Sweep, and nicknamed ‘Snowball the Sweep.’
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
Ronald and his sister Constance were living with their father at their family home – 4, Borretts Buildings, Norwich Road, Ipswich.
William, a Chimney Sweep – own account.
13th June 1944
Ronald was with 6605 servicing echelon, the maintenance section of 605 squadron (Fighter Command), based at R.A.F Marston, Kent. At 15:00, on the 13th June 1944, a Havilland Mosquito armed with one 500lb and eight 20lb bombs exploded on the ground killing Ronald and two other ground crew.
Roy Eastwood Townley; Leading Aircraftman; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.
Leonard Ernest Leyburn; Aircraftman 1st Class; age 26; R.A.F.V.R.
Flight Lieutenant Rebbeck was injured and hospitalised.
Flight Officer E.L. Williams D.F.C., Leading Aircraftman Blanchard and Leading Aircraftman Briscoe were slightly injured.
Family information courtesy of David Foster.
Aircraft information courtesy of John Allan.