Samuel Easton

Navigator, 463 (Australian) Squadron
Service number 1522162
Died 18 December 1944
Buried Le Gros-Theil Communal Cemetery, France
Age 21

Headstone Inscription
‘FOND MEMORIES LINGER EVERY DAY, REMEMBRANCE KEEPS THEM NEAR’


Samuel was the son of James and Esther née Kudlatz of Glasgow, Scotland. The Easton family were Presbyterian and Samuel’s father James served in WW1 in Salonica and worked as a music hall caretaker in Glasgow.

The Kudlatz family were Jewish and originated from Poland. Samuel’s mother Esther was one of ten children born to Samuel and Nellie Selmonovitz.

Samuel was the navigator of Lancaster LL847 which took off at 16.31 from RAF Waddington on a night operation to Munich. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after takeoff. Post war it was established that the aircraft crashed at Le Gros Theil (Eure) and that all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of LL847 were:
Pilot, Flying Officer Kenneth Edwin Harold Bennett, 424117
W/Op A/G, Pilot Officer Robert Wentworth Byrnes, 28766
Nav, Flight Sergeant Samuel Easton
A/G, Sergeant Henry Fowler, 1826506
A/G, Sergeant Gordon Abercromby Center Frizzell, 1787720
F/E, Sergeant Reginald George Nuttall, 1592205
2nd Pilot, Flying Officer James Henderson Ogilvie, 418559
B/A, Pilot Officer Thomas Nicholson Watson, 187732