Ralph Lewis, DFM

Flight Engineer, 158 Squadron
Service number 540757
Died 7 February 1943
Buried Guidel Communal Cemetery, France
Age 23

Headstone Inscription
‘FATHER, MOTHER, CELIA, JACK, CAN NEVER FORGET YOU. REST IN PEACE, BELOVED. AMEN’


Ralph was the son of Harry and Mary Lewis of Australia. The only clues to his family are the names Jack and Celia on his headstone. Research is continuing.

Ralph was the flight engineer on Halifax DT701 which departed from RAF Rufforth on a night operation to Lorient. The aircraft crashed near the target area killing all the crew.

Pilot, Peter Leslie Beesley, 47763
A/G, Kenneth Bowley, 968910
Nav, Eric Brindle, 657693
A/B, Leonard Bygrave, 933155
W/Op, Frederick George Carr, 933802
A/G, Edwin Francis Cowper, 1271839
Pilot, George William Whiles, 1249500