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LORD, DAVID SAMUEL ANTHONY

Rank:
Flight Lieutenant
Trade:
Pilot
Service No:
49149
Date of Death:
19/09/1944
Age:
30
Regiment/Service:
Royal Air Force
 
271 Sqdn.
Awards:
V C, D F C
Grave Reference:
4. B. 5.
Cemetery:
ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Samuel Beswick Lord, and of Mary Ellen Lord, of Wrexham, Denbighshire.

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 13th November 1945:- On September 19th, 1944, Flt. Lieut. Lord was pilot and captain of an aircraft detailed to drop supplies to our troops, who were closely surrounded at Arnhem. For accuracy this had to be done at 900 feet. While approaching the target at 1,500 feet the aircraft was severely damaged and set on fire. Flt. Lieut. Lord would have been justified in withdrawing or even in abandoning his aircraft but, knowing that supplies were desperately needed, he continued on his course. Twice going down to 900 feet under very intense fire, he successfully dropped his containers. His task completed he ordered his crew to abandon the aircraft, making no attempt himself to leave. A few seconds later the aircraft fell in flames, only one of the crew surviving. By continuing his mission in a damaged and burning plane, twice descending to 900 feet to ensure accuracy, and finally by remaining at the controls to give his crew a chance of escape, Flt. Lieut. Lord displayed supreme valour and self-sacrifice.

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ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY

Country:
Netherlands
Locality:
Gelderland

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