Pilot Officer (Pilot)LEWIN, RAYMOND MAYHEW

Service Number 62254

Died 21/11/1941

Aged 26

109 Sqdn.
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

G C

Son of Alfred George and Clara Frances Lewin, of Kettering.

Inscription

WE LEAVE HIM IN GOD'S KEEPING THE ROUGH ROAD SAFELY PASSED

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of March 11th, 1941

ln November 1940 Sergeant Lewin was the captain of an aircraft which began to sink shortly after taking off on a bombing mission. It crashed into a hillside and burst into flames. Sergeant Lewin and three of his crew of four got free, but the second pilot was trapped. Despite a cracked kneecap and severe contusions on the face and legs, the Sergeant crawled under the blazing wing, in which full petrol tanks were burning, and dragged and carried the pilot to a hole in the ground some 40 yards from the aircraft, where he lay on him just as the bombs exploded. This superbly gallant deed was performed in the dark under most difficult conditions, and in the certain knowledge that the bombs and petrol tanks would explode.

Buried at KETTERING (LONDON ROAD) CEMETERY

Location: Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Number of casualties: 91

Cemetery/memorial reference: Row OO. Grave 9.


Cemetery details

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.